Sylvan Lake Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews
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Sylvan Lake Trail is a 11.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Roscoe, 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 are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4461 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

fishing
1 month ago

Was a tough hike. Beautiful trail. constant climb. There is a shortcut almost at the end. We took it. Saves you about 1.5 miles. on the way back we went the long way. it was an amazing view on top. caught 15 golden trout. stayed 2 nights. We had a wonderful time.

2 months ago

Great views all along this hike. Spectacular mountain meadows, lakes and hillsides

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Very difficult, however totally worth it!!! Challenging near the end you have to decent a ways and then climb a pretty steep pitch to the lake. Bring your fishing poles because there are golden trout in the lake! Absolutely amazing!

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked 5/29/2017 only made it 2 miles. Still have lots of snow covered trails.

hiking
Wednesday, August 03, 2016

I would say the hike was more like 6 miles one way, according to our GPS and my hiking app. It was definitely a hard hike, especially if you are inexperienced. It is uphill the entire way with no flat spots or down hill until you get to the meadow, which is about 4 miles into it. Once you get to the lake, its amazing. We stayed 2 nights, the wind came up each night, but we lucked out with no rain. We caught some goldens. There were a few groups that hiked in for the day to fish, but we had the lake to ourselves the entire weekend alone each night. Over all, it was a nice trip and well worth the hard hike to get in there. The views were amazing!

Friday, September 25, 2015

This hike is pretty brutal from the east rosebud lake trail head as a day hike. A consistent grade, well maintained trail, through a 20 yr old burn for about 3
Miles. You gain about 3000 ft in elevation in 3.5-4 miles. Nice view of the lake and the mountaintop tundra is pretty cool.
A tough day hike. Would recommend spending the night at the lake and catching some golden trout in the morning and then heading back. But we
day hiked it...and survived. However, in this hikers opinion this is not a moderate trail. It hurt

camping
Tuesday, July 06, 2010

From where you park your car at the trailhead to the top rock cairn above Sylvan Lake is around a 5-mile hike, almost all uphill. It was absolutley beautiful, though I would say that this hike is for medium to advanced hikers/backpackers. I would also advise hiking this trail in late summer, unless you enjoy trudging through some very deep snow. There are some good camping spots as well once you get near the lake.