West Fork to Lake Mary is a 11.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Red Lodge, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, fishing, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length11.8 miElevation gain2,276 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingFishingHikingRunningLakeWaterfallWildflowers
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Hike out from the West Fork parking lot, proceeding through about 1.5 miles of burn from forest fire, before entering a wooded area. After about 4 miles, you will reach Quinnebaugh meadows and should begin looking to the right for the turn-off to Lake Mary. The final stretch is a climb for just over a mile, ending at a beautiful secluded mountain lake.

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Breanna Flynt
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Ximena Restrepo
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Hiking

Beautiful views all year around. Nice and sunny most of the trail! we managed to make it to the meadows as the snow as about knee deep. great trail for snowshoeing!!

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Robyn Fogle
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Gorgeous hike! There was a good bit of snow still on the ground, but melting steadily. On our return trip especially the trail was rather muddy. Love the waterfalls and streams along the way. As mentioned, when you get to the Meadows, take the trail to the right when you see the sign about camping. It's a steep climb from there but well worth it! The lake is spectacular! We hiked around it and I spotted some bear tracks in the snow so be cautious. Also saw a bull moose on the trail.

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Kaylee Vandjelovic
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Did this today 9/7 and got caught in some weather. Was absolutely gorgeous with a fresh layer of snow! Easy hike to the meadow, then a steady but relatively short climb to the lake.

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Ximena Restrepo
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Hiking

Nice trail.. lots of raspberries the first 3 miles!

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Janeen Rohall
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We completed this hike within 6 hours, clocked 12 miles round trip. It was recommended by a local and we are so glad we did it bc it wasn’t highly trafficked, multiple waterfalls on the way but there were no signs posted to direct us what trails to take. When you get to the trailhead, be sure to go left. Then miles into the hike you will come to a Y in the trail with a sign post “no camping....” - be sure to go right. If you start to ascend and hit a bunch of switchbacks then you are on the way to the lake! Be aware that when you start the ascend to the lake, there is about one mile of steep switchbacks which I would rate as “hard”. I would def recommend this as a day hike if you are in the area!

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Graham Hallman
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HikingRocky

This was a wonderful first big hike for my wife. It was amazing to see her finally conquer the last mile of switchbacks galore. It seemed like everyone coming down the trail was rooting for her. Our elevation gain was deceiving due to turning on the offline trail while in the car at least 2 miles back from the West Fork Road terminus - where this trail starts. This report seems pretty accurate in the end. It’s worth repeating that W. Fork becomes gravel and for a long stretch before you reach the above terminus. You pass a lot of campsites and other trailheads along the way. Just go til the road ends, lots of parking. The views from Lake Mary are amazing: Whitetail Peak and Silver Run Peak truly stand out. The first section is a haunting, yet beautiful example of forest fire realities. It will be a long time before this section becomes forest again.

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Lexie Folkerts
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amy walton
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the sign no longer says or points to Lake Mary and is leaned up against a tree. the initial trail going right is faint. I actually missed it and went past. Luckily checked my GPS and found I was going the wrong way. the hike from there is all uphill switchbacks and then more uphill. pack plenty of water!!! Most of the elevation gain is here so it's really hard if you aren't in good shape and used to hiking. But it is a beautiful hike filled with lots of scenery and is very beautiful. I didn't have any issues with bugs until the actual lake except for some flies.

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Steve Jar
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Hiked into the meadow then back and up to lake Mary. Getting to lake Mary entails some brutal switchbacks but was definitely worth it

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Bryce Brinkman
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Very easy hike to the meadows, with the last stretch being all switch backs. Setting a good pace on that was key but overall it wasn’t very difficult! It is very beautiful back there and has lots of stuff once on top! Didn’t catch any fish but they are up there!

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Nick Chester
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Kathy Higgins
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Taylor Easley
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Tom Polinko
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Pierre D'Aoust
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Nolan Timmons
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Michelle Hernandez
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Mary Bisgrove
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Susannah Clark
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Dave Quinn
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