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The road is quite rough. 4wd isn't a necessity, but something with ground clearance is. The trail is very fun. The lakes are beautiful.

This road is NOT something you should take a car down. The rugs are very deep and snow still on parts of the road. Only saw atv’s trying the road. I had to turn around unfortunately

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!!!

hiking
Friday, July 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.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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backpacking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Beautiful pristine lakes, hard trail with a backpack for the first mile. However the trail can be somewhat deceiving because of fallen trees but take a moment to look around and you can pick it up if you have good intuition. Camp sites at first and second lakes are available. Easily one of the best kept secrets in this forest.

fishing
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Gorgeous hike!! Not too hard either. We stopped at the Lower Dolus lake when we saw how great the fishing was and I found a perfect hammock spot. Really the hardest part was getting TO the hike. You really need a 4x4 with a high clearance, the last 10 miles of the drive is a VERY rough dirt/rock road. **remember to check for ticks afterward**

backpacking
Sunday, August 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.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Beautiful lake! Really steep for the first .25 mile of the trail. FYI don't forget your bug spray like me!

Monday, June 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.

Friday, June 12, 2015

went for a day hike very swampy but very beautiful

hiking
Sunday, June 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.

hiking
Friday, February 20, 2015

Easy to follow trail, pretty steep at the beginning but then it levels out. There are two lakes, both are gorgeous! Could do an overnight at the lower lake as there is a clearly defined camp spot. We ran into a mama moose and her baby on the way down the trail :-)

fishing
Monday, August 30, 2010

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

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Sunday, October 30, 2016