Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

Great hike, pretty much an uphill slog with lots of views. We only went in about 4.5 miles to a nice plateau area, had lunch and returned to the trail head

Pretty trail and views. Very rocky, need shoes or boots if taking horses.

Nice trail, easy enough for kids. A little bit of a challenge for my 4 year old to navigate the rocks but he had a blast. we will go back for sure. It was hard to follow the directions since there was no sign marking the turn off into west fork road from Red Lodge, we finally found it.

1 month ago

We only went 2 miles up. The sign to start the trail is not clear, no mention of the falls. There is no shade the first 1.5 miles. We were looking for the falls. we finally noticed a trickle on the MT and not sure if that was it. Definitely not the water falls I was expecting. It started to get nice after 1.5 miles so maybe the rest is better. The fire really made it barren those first 1.5 miles.

This is my favorite trail but the incline is grueling. Takes me about 1:45 to get to the top. I just hiked it yesterday and I think I’m good for the rest of the summer.

1 month ago

Great day hike. Pleasant trail with some beautiful views. Went all the way to the Meadows and back.

Gorgeous and willow creek is in full glorious swing

Really great little hike for the kids and old dog. We will definitely hit this one again!

We hiked this with our 8 and 4 year old. For the youngest it was a bit challenging and we turned around after a hour. Beautiful sights and cute bridges to cross.

Should have brought snowshoes. But it was a beautiful hike for me, my sweetie & our labs.

Great trail. Beautiful views and lots of little bridges. My young lab puppy did well on this.

It’s an easy out and back, especially if bringing kids along. The trail starts behind a campground, it was confusing to find at first because there are multiple trails that start from this campground, one leads to palisade trail and the other is this one. Overall a fun hike, super easy elevation and my dog loved the creek. There is some snow towards the end of the hike, did not see any wildlife.

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)

Great hike. We went about 3 miles in and the trail becomes a bit more shaded with switchbacks in a few places. Great waterfalls just a short detour off the main trail as you go up, and alongside the trail in he beginning of the shaded area. Lots of wildflowers in late July. Even the burned sections were growing a lot of brush and were gorgeous. Great views. Fun with the dog along too.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Lovely trail that is well defined and as the description is stated. The flowers and butterflies alone were worth the trip.

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.

First half was burned in '88 (I guess) with little regrowth, but starting at Sentinel Falls you walk through beautiful forest and along rapids, cascades and falls. Great views of glaciated valley, and variety of gneissic granite.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Great hike even in a little rain storm!

Absolutely beautiful hike. We backpacked up to the Meadows the weekend of June 24-25, 2017 to use as a base camp for exploring and fishing. The trail is stunning. Multiple waterfalls as the trail close follows Rock Creek with multiple water sources enroute. A creek divides the Meadows, so there is a constant supply of water available (we use the Grayl Ultralight to filter water - they are awesome and don't break the bank). The trail has a good bit of traffic and quite a few people came up to the Meadows on day hikes, but only a few stayed the night. The Meadows are so big though, we didn't really see anyone much. We brought our Beagle who thought she had died and went to Dog Heaven!

The trailhead begins just a few yards above the parking area and is a gradual ascent all the way to Quinnepaugh; my GPS reported a total 1200-foot climb over the five-mile hike from the parking area. There are only a couple areas with switchbacks, the largest at Sentinel Falls, but it is short in duration. Overall, it isn't a difficult hike. (I think some of the reviews below are misposted or the person was hiking a different trail.)

Amazing, expansive views

Monday, June 05, 2017

Nice and easy trail. Hiked it today, June 4th 2017. It was hot outside but the trail is nice and shady. You have several possibilities to cool off your feet in the ice cold water of the creek which feels awesome. We hiked ca1 hour one way-first part goes constantly up through forest. We were almost alone which was great. You hike the same way down. Should plan about 2 hours all together as a nice and easy hike. Enjoyed it!

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

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Ticks were plentiful. Hiked until I hit snow.

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

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!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Nice little trail, great way to spend a morning or evening.

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!

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