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Trask Lakes via Rock Creek

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Deerlodge National Forest

Trask Lakes via Rock Creek is a 15.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Deer Lodge, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 15.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,299 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash




nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers


1 month ago

Great trail, a little muddy in spots but to be expected after summer storms! We backpacked up and stayed two nights and all the lakes are absolutely beautiful! Bring a fly rod for sure! The first 3/4 of trail are moderate, and the last 1/4 is between moderate and hard! Hiked in summer of 2019!

ohv/off road driving
10 months ago

Sat Apr 14 2018

FYI the trail and trail head are still there! You have to drive the road that follows the right side of the lake when you reach the small group of cabins at the end of the road there will be a small parking area on the right, after that you have to hike the rest of the way up the road into the trail head unless you have an atv or side by side. Great hike!!!

Fri Jul 28 2017

Warning! By July of 2017 the condition of Rock Creek Lake Road & Old Stage Road has really deteriorated. Definitely need a vehicle with higher clearance, 4WD. Also, as far as we could see, there is no access to the trailhead any more. The dam road is blocked by several large boulders & a new-looking wooden gate & fencing block the road on the other side of the dam. Disappointing after a stressful hour + drive from Deer Lodge (14 miles!). We walked along the road by the lake for a couple hours, which was nice, but we couldn't see any sign of a trail.

Sun Aug 07 2016

Awesome hike. Road getting there can be a little rough in spots, recommend bringing an SUV or truck for that extra ground clearance (my Subi Impreza did just fine though). Hike is nice and moderate, a little steep the last mile or so but it's worth it once you get to the lakes. Really gorgeous, lots of little lakes in the area you could probably spend a day or two just exploring. I regret not bringing my fly rod! The trout were feeding like crazy in the Trask lakes. Completed August 2016.

Mon Jun 15 2015

We did this as a backpacking overnighter. The first 2 miles are pretty swampy but after that it is only swampy in a couple of places. The lakes are gorgeous and no snow to mention left around the lakes. Several campsites to choose from.

Fri Jun 12 2015

went for a day hike very swampy but very beautiful

Sun Jun 07 2015

Really beautiful spot! Just backpacked up to lower Trask lake for one night. It's decently snowy up there still but there are dry spots for a tent. The trail to get up there is prrrrretty swampy however, so if you're heading up, be prepared for soggy feet.

Mon Aug 30 2010

Great hike. Fishing was good for small cutthroat.Nice trail easy tofollow

10 months ago

Sat Jun 24 2017