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Best trails in Cooke City

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Looking for a great trail near Cooke City, Montana? AllTrails has 18 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. You'll also find some great local park options, like High Lakes Wilderness Study Area. Ready for some activity? There are 10 moderate trails in Cooke City ranging from 2.9 to 37.2 miles and from 7,562 to 10,000 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Top trails (18)
#1 - The Beaten Path Trail
Custer National Forest
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Length: 28.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
Twenty-five miles of spectacular backpacking in the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness of Montana, USA. "The Beaten Path" is a 25 mile trail traversing some of the most spectacular country within the 944,000 acre Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Lakes and streams appear around just about every corner enticing both those appreciative of a spectacular Wilderness view or one with a penchant for hooking a trout upon the end of their fly-line. The trail itself is aptly-titled "The Beaten Path" for it is literally a well-worn treadway stretching from Cooke City in the South to East Rosebud in the North. Signage is ample and the route is easy-to-follow during the summer season (July - early September). For the more adventurous, ample opportunities to leave the trail and find true Wilderness lie up every draw you see. The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness is part of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem and spans 944,000 acres of Montana and Wyoming. The two access points to "The Beaten Path" are at East Rosebud Trailhead (about 15 miles from Roscoe, Montana) and the Clark Fork Trailhead (a couple miles East of Cooke City, Montana). You'll find primitive car camping options at both ends of the trail so arriving in the evening and car camping before an early departure into the backcountry is an option. The trail rises in elevation to a high point and then descends so hiking North from Cooke City or South from Ease Rosebud are both options. Viewing the elevation profile will provide you a better understanding and will help you decide which direction is best for you. The trail is approximately 25 miles long and passes through a number of ecosystems. Although it has been hiked in a single day many times the beauty of the scenery and possibility for off-trail exploration may cause you to opt to spend a few days along the path. Consider shorter days and spend the extra time fishing or bagging a peak.Show more
#2 - Beauty Lake Trail
Shoshone National Forest
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
This is a nice and easy trail that starts up at the top of the Beartooth Pass so you even get nice views on the drive to the trail itself. The trail starts at a campground and follows around a lake. It does cross a stream where you have to rock hop across - just a warning you might get your feet wet! Hiking poles help greatly, especially with a pack on, and you'll probably want to bring an extra change of socks. After the stream crossing you then head up into a meadow. About 2/3 of the way to Beauty Lake you see a river to your right, with a cool waterfall coming down some rock cliffs on the other side. After a while, you come up to a fork in the path and you have to decide whether you want to go to Beauty Lake or Becker Lake. Once you are close to the lake, you will descend quite a ways to get to the lake shore. The views from the shore make it all worth it. Walking back up the trail to the meadow is the most difficult part of the hike.Show more
#3 - Becker Lake
Shoshone National Forest
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
Starting from Island Lake THD, you'll head west along Island and Night Lakes but must first cross a significant ford on the first 1/8 mile (knee high in early July). It can be quite buggy/muddy in this first section. As you break into the open just past Night Lake, you should see several smaller ponds/lakes to the East along with some seasonal cascades/falls. The junction with the Becker Lake trail isn't marked (it is marked further down by Beauty Lake which is a much more difficult/seemingly abandoned approach). The Becker/Albino junction is fairly clear just be looking to the east for a trail traveling between two ponds. If you start a steep descent, you've gone too far and are heading to Beauty Lake. As you make your way north, you should meet up with a significant but unnamed lake divided by the trail (rock hopping to get across). There is a pretty waterfall to view if you head west for a spur trail around the western section of the unnamed lake. After the rock hopping, the trail continues north up a gradual section to reach Becker Lake. To reach Albino Lake, stay on the northbound trail past Becker and up another gradual section for great views of Albino Lake & Lonesome Mountain.Show more
#4 - Kersey Lake Trail to Rock Island Lake Trail
Custer National Forest
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 11 m
#5 - Woody Falls
Custer Gallatin National Forest
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
The Woody Falls trail is a nice hike with great views of Republic Basin and 150' three-tiered Woody Falls. Show more
#6 - Aero Lakes Trail
Custer National Forest
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 5 h 46 m
#7 - Clay Butte Lookout
Shoshone National Forest
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 39 m
#8 - Kersey Lake Trail
Custer National Forest
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 59 m
#9 - Sheep Falls
Custer National Forest
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 16 m
Sheep Falls is a short, off-trail hike to see a 160' tall waterfall. Show more
#10 - Republic Pass Trail
Custer National Forest
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Length: 10.4 mi • Est. 5 h 53 m
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