Explore the most popular camping trails near Red Lodge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
3 months ago

This is one of my favorite backpacking trips. Not very difficult. I spent 3 days doing this out and back because it was so beautiful. Day 1, I drove to the Lake Ford Trailhead from Great Falls, MT and immediately hit the trail. I found this trail to be a steady up-hill most of the way. I ended up spending my first night at Keyser Brown lake, in a nice open meadow next to the lake. Day 2 I made the short trip up to September Morn lake and once again made camp for the night. After setting up camp, I took the switchback trail up to Sundance Pass. Amazing views...absolutely incredible. Pictures do not do this trip justice. That night, after returning to camp, a furious thunderstorm blew through. The thunder really booms and echos off the mountain walls surrounding September Morn...and the hail that came down was a sight to see. Day 3 I woke up early and started the hike back to the Lake Fork Trailhead...I believe it was just about 10 miles from September Morn. I encountered more hail on my way out. Overall, it was a great 3 day trip. I loved camping next to the lakes. The elevation wasn't too challenging. I'll upload some pictures from my trip. This is a PERFECT beginner backpacker trip. Highly recommend this.

This is one of the better hikes I've been on. The views are stunning and well worth hiking the steep incline. Once you hit the plateau, you don't want to leave!

Snowline was around 8k feet.
(Side note: I wasn't able to record my entire hike; my phone battery went dead)

pretty, restrooms, parking, short walk but nice little lake

backpacking
9 months ago

We spent 3 days on this trip, which was a great choice for backpacking newbies! To wrap it up succinctly:
Day 1: short, easy, a good way to start off (West fork trailhead to Quinnebaugh Meadows)
Day 2: challenging
Day 3: long (from September Morn to the Lake Fork trailhead)

It's a beautiful trip. I hope to do it again someday!

Absolutely LOVED this hike. The closest lake is 5 miles, and it goes as far as 19 miles in. And even if you don't make it past the first lake, the hike is still well worth it. However, remember to pick up bear repellent. Closest place to get it is Red Lodge, MT.

Great hike! I hiked in from the bottom and went to shelf lake. It's a rough road but I saw a Subaru up there so it's doable. That shaves off about 12 miles RT.

Great hike even in a little rain storm!

nature trips
10 months ago

Nice walk around the lake with scenic views. Great place to picnic with the fam. Kids had fun. It is very busy on the weekends.

Amazing, expansive views

The loop was short but kids had a blast. It's beautiful. If you're looking for a short adventure this is the place.

Hiked 5/22/17 snow still cover the trail.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Great Day ride.. trail can be rough at times... bring something with good suspension if you want to ride to the top..

hiking
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Ticks were plentiful. Hiked until I hit snow.

hiking
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Nice start snow makes it impassable at 8200 feet about 3.4 miles in from trail start this was April 20

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

This is a nice kid friendly hike. The lake is nice. This trail would be nice for someone who is visiting that doesn't hike very often. Not much elevation gain and is a short hike to the lake. We hiked this in early March with only a few people in the area,being that this is a campground area I would imagine it is busy in the summer. Nice place.

hiking
Monday, August 29, 2016

It's not so steep that you're on your hands, but it's a constant incline once you hit the switchbacks about 1/4 way in. Super fun, minimal traffic, and terrific views. My dog loves this trail too!

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Honestly, kind of lame. Ditched the hike after about a 1/4 mile and went up the road to lost lake instead.

Beautiful drive out to the trailhead - easy hike, so make sure to take your time and enjoy the views. We hiked when the raspberries were ripened! Delicious surprise!

I found this to be an easy hike. Was probably prettier before the fire that destroyed so many trees. Sadly, we didn't get to see any moose.
I was happy to find an exceptionally CLEAN outhouse at the trailhead!!

It's a steep climb but it has great views!!

the view was not worth the climb

Trail was moderate..Great for sightseeing! Along the way we spotted several Moose in the marshes right in front of us! The waterfalls along the trail provided some amazing views as well..overall it was a very nice hike!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

To short

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The trail was very crowded. I would not choose to go back to this spot.

hiking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Amazing views from the top of Sundance Pass. The wind is strong up there so bring a light jacket if you plan on sitting down for awhile. Had to hike through some snow drifts so prepare for wet boots, depending on the time of year. The trail is heavily hiked to Lost Lake and then its empty. This is also where the elevation gain starts. Absolutely brutal as a one day hike, start early in the day if you plan on doing it in one.

This was a great hike. Lots of different terrain and not a lot of change in elevation. The waterfalls were beautiful and were easily seen with a small hike off the trail. It can get hot hiking through the burnout area so bring your sunscreen.

fishing
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Simple little 1/2 mile uphill hike from trailhead to lake. Lake has a restroom and fire pit. Great for children and parents alike. Fun fishing for newbies.

I went 5/8/2016. Snowed out at the top. Tried to forged the snow. It was up to my knees, so being on a solo hike I turned around. Be ready for the vertical! It's pretty intense especially in the second third!

Beautiful hike. Path was rocky but manageable.

Monday, April 11, 2016

this was or first hike using this app. really wish we had printed off the map. we went off the description and got a bit lost. lol but found our way back to the trail. it is a stunning hike with trees rivers and a great incline.... so it's a little bit of a hike. I wouldn't take novice children on this hike. we hit snow so we will be going back to finish this hike later this spring or early summer!!!!

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