September Morn Lake via West Fork and Lake Fork Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews
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September Morn Lake via West Fork and Lake Fork Trail is a 17.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Red Lodge, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

17.9 miles
4,872 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly





horseback riding

nature trips







wild flowers

Monday, July 17, 2017

Absolutely LOVED this hike. The closest lake is 5 miles, and it goes as far as 19 miles in. And even if you don't make it past the first lake, the hike is still well worth it. However, remember to pick up bear repellent. Closest place to get it is Red Lodge, MT.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Beautiful drive out to the trailhead - easy hike, so make sure to take your time and enjoy the views. We hiked when the raspberries were ripened! Delicious surprise!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

I found this to be an easy hike. Was probably prettier before the fire that destroyed so many trees. Sadly, we didn't get to see any moose.
I was happy to find an exceptionally CLEAN outhouse at the trailhead!!

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Trail was moderate..Great for sightseeing! Along the way we spotted several Moose in the marshes right in front of us! The waterfalls along the trail provided some amazing views as well..overall it was a very nice hike!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

This was a great hike. Lots of different terrain and not a lot of change in elevation. The waterfalls were beautiful and were easily seen with a small hike off the trail. It can get hot hiking through the burnout area so bring your sunscreen.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

This is my favorite trail of all time. I do it multiple times a year. Just make sure that you have bear spray, the grizzly population has grown dramatically and it can be more dangerous the further you get from lower lake fork trail. The beginning of the trail has a lot of people but once you pass lost cabin lake, you will barely see anyone. Incredibly beautiful. Easily completed in one day.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Very scenic trail that can be done in one day, but more fun to camp along the way. Quinnabaugh Meadows is a good spot to overnight. Whitetail Peak which is over 12,000 feet can be climbed from top of Pass. Mary Lake is a good side trip.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Great hike. Beautiful views, little elevation gain. Broadwater lake and lost lake are great spots.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

This is a great trail after a gravel drive a few miles. Very scenic with a short walk through a burn area. I have climbed Whitetail Peak which is the mountain featured in the overview. Can be done in one day, but better in 2 days. A rock scramble up the left facing ridge.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

To get to the trail start from Red Lodge and go West at the sign for Ski area. Follow the road (paved) until there's a fork in the road for the Ski area then stay to the left. continue on and pavement ends. Gravel goes for several miles to the Trailhead. The first part of the hike begins in an area burned by fire about 3-4 years ago and you hike about an hour and a half through that. Then you get to the waterfalls and the trees are untouched. That's where it's really beautiful. Plan on about a 4 hour hike with a couple breaks. The Quinnebaugh Meadows is incredibly beautiful spot. Found a campsite with fire ring just after crossing a creek that flows into the West Fork from Mary Lake. Horses are often found on this trail along with dogs. Loved the trail anyway and would highly recommend it. @backpackerneil

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Great trail! Good views the entire way. Best for 3 plus day backpacking trip, the more the better. Great opportunity for fishing, climbing, skiing, peak bagging, and much more.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

If you want to access the trail without using snowshoes, it's best to go July-September. The first 4ish miles to Quinnebaugh Meadows is a relatively easy hike well worth the views. You will most likely run into horses on the trail and if so, gain control of your dogs & step off the trail.