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

Pure beauty. The hike was hard for the first time for us, but the second was easier. The switchbacks are beautiful, yet tiring. Great for fishing. Highly recommend.

Road is closed from the camping ground to the trail head. Make sure you check online if it’s open before driving out, however it did not say it was closed for this weekend.

hiking
2 months ago

The way up was so beautiful this summer. Amazing wild flowers. The trail got a bit rocky up top, so I think I’ll have to get some ankle support boots for next time!

backpacking
2 months ago

Looking for a party to exchange keys with, leaving from East Rosebud Lake heading to Cooke City from July 31 thru Aug 5 of 2018. If interested please contact Jim @ jkidwell9@cox.net.
Thanks

Always a good hike while in Montana!!!!

backpacking
3 months ago

Looking for a party to exchange keys with at the trail heads of the Beaten Path in latter August of 2018. Contact Dennis @: dennisroach509@gmail.com

backpacking
3 months ago

We left "The Dead Indian Creek Trail", and stayed overnight in Cooke City. We then started on the Cooke City side. Parking was plenty. There is zero parking cost, part they are not responsible for any damage or theft to your vehicle. There is a picnic area here, along with a toilet. Beautiful waterfall, and neat history if you just wanted to see a roadside stop. We backpacked to Rock Island lake. Our campground was gorgeous, along with the view. It was not a bad jaunt, if you are looking for a quick place for experience. We had a huge moose walk passed our hammocks at about 3:00 a.m. The stomps were amazing, on top of waking up scared as hell knowing there was that huge animal passing by. We woke up to see him still in the lake splashing. Simply Amazing. I would love to come back and actually do the trail itself. We were told we were making a mistake going this time of year because mosquitos just hatched. THEY WERE NOT LYING. Being from Minnesota, we thought we were used to them. They were unbelievable, although with the proper clothing, never really were bitten. We were also told we would hit a lot of snow....we had a few patches but nothing to really even walk on.

hiking
6 months ago

I would rate this hike as more difficult than moderate, which is due the path being very narrow in a lot of places and a heavy amount of rocks on the trail. However, the scenery more than made up for the difficulty level!

I wasn't able to get to Phantom Lake (1000yds short) due to deep snow.

Beautiful hike! We were going to camp at island lakes but there was a snow crossing that didn't look safe so we turned around and camped at mystic. Spent two nights and explored the area and fished. Really enjoyed our time and look forward to going back. Had a few good afternoon mountain thunderstorms.

Gorgeous scenery! Very rocky trail, so makes it difficult to look around or hike fast, but otherwise spectacular!

fishing
8 months ago

Was a tough hike. Beautiful trail. constant climb. There is a shortcut almost at the end. We took it. Saves you about 1.5 miles. on the way back we went the long way. it was an amazing view on top. caught 15 golden trout. stayed 2 nights. We had a wonderful time.

Simply an amazing hike! We started from the Cooke City side and seriously appreciated the downhill to East Rosebud. Spent a few extra days and took our time. 4 days, 3 nights. Tossed the tent down at Ozul, Lake at the Falls and Elk Lake. Ozul was amazing, lots of places to camp on the west die of the trail. The hike up past Emil Lake and Fossil Lake was incredible. Lake at the Falls was a fluke. We weren't planning on staying there, but it's where we ran out of steam. Hard to find a place near the lake, but still amazing. The hike from Lake at the Falls to Elk Lake is great too. Keep your eyes open for raspberries!

Pay attention to the weather, got caught in a few thunderstorms the first day. Be prepared...the skeeters were big enough to carry you off. Lots of bug spray!

Simply outstanding. Waterfalls, mountains, lakes and fishing. Who could ask for more. An iconic hike that should be on your bucket list!

Great views all along this hike. Spectacular mountain meadows, lakes and hillsides

backpacking
9 months ago

Hi Mark,

Myself and a few buddies are headed there in two weeks. It will be our first time on this trail, any suggestions for which lakes were best for camp sights? The fewest people, best fishing, etc?
Also, did you do any side hikes off of the main trail? Any info would be awesome! Thanks!!!

backpacking
9 months ago

Fish were too easy to catch at Phantom lake. We lost the trail just below the lake but made our way to the lake and across to the other end where there was a nice place to set up camp near the water. Only ones up there 4th of July weekend.

hiking
9 months ago

backpacking
9 months ago

Awesome trail. Had a billy goat spend some time in our camp on the hill at Fossil Lake (great fishing). we started at Clarks Fork trailhead which made the hike easier and very enjoyable as it was pretty much all down hill from Fossil Lake to East Rosebud trailhead. We spent 2 nights at Rainbow lake and thw name did not let us down with tasty trout. Dewey Lake is gorgeous and worth staying at but it was too close to Fossil so we did not. No gun is needed as we did not see any bear or grizzlies and park ranger says sightingings are rare so I wouldn't carry the extra weight. Nights probably got in the 40s and I did not bring any thermal underwear so my 0F down sleeping bag was just right for keeping me warm. we started the trip in pouring rain and hail so good rain gear and boots are critical. What an awesome trip and would definitely recommend it to anyone!

hiking
9 months ago

Have done this hike several times and love it! We've taken all ages of kids along too, even as young as 4 or 5 yrs old. It's challenging on the way up for kids but totally worth it! I think it took us 2 hours with many water breaks. We eat lunch at the lake and spend time wading in the water.

9 months ago

Trail starts at the hydroelectric power station. As you hike up you'll see the water pipeline across the valley. The "lake" is actually a man-made reservoir, but as you come around the final corner, your jaw will drop. It looks like something from Lord of the Rings. Beautiful views and then hike down another half a mile or so to the beach. Incredible hike. We do it yearly.

I can't believe I've lived 70 miles from this trailhead for the last 20 plus years, and have never done this hike. This hike, and lake is amazing. Took us about an hour, and a half to get to lake, while stopping for photo ops, and to give our dogs drink breaks. So worth the drive, and hike. Can't wait to go back again, so we can walk further around the lake.

hiking
9 months ago

Love this hike. If you have time make sure you walk to island park lake just past mystic lake. Scenery is definitely worth the elevation gain

hiking
9 months ago

This hike has some really nice features along the way, with a challenging last 1.5 mile section that is rugged. Switchbacks go through a really cool boulder field that eventually takes you to the top where you get a view of Mystic Lake and Granite Peak in the background. It was approximately 2.7 miles to the lake shore from the trailhead. This trail is not for someone who does not get much exercise. This has a 1500' gain in elevation and puts you at about 7535' at the highest point.

backpacking
9 months ago

Absolutely stunning! Came up to the mouth of the trail where it heads down to the lake and was completely taken off guard. Had to drop my pack to snap a bunch of pictures of the awesome melding of man and nature with the view of the damn and the incredible lake! Will be sure to visit frequently as the drive up is easy-going and the trail itself is fairly easy and quick!

10 months ago

Amazing!!!! A must see. Once you get to the top and see the lake, you'll know why.

backpacking
10 months ago

Excellent trip. I'd recommend going from the Clarks Fork Trailhead to East Rosebud instead of the other direction. As I was walking from Twin Outlets Lake to to East Rosebud I was so thankful I chose to hike that direction due to all of the switchbacks. The hike up from Clarks Fork to Fossil isn't near as bad as East Rosebud to Fossil. I stayed for three nights at 1) Russell Lake 2) Twin Outlets and 3) Rainbow Lake. **BRING FACE NETS FOR MOSQUITOS**

Amazing views on this trail. Three moose followed us on the trail for a bit

backpacking
10 months ago

If anyone is interested in doing a key exchange/ vehicle swap in August or September please let me know. Thanks, Rob imr4orse@gmail.com

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike! It wasn't that bad for our first one. The switchbacks were the most difficult part, but once you got to the top and saw the view of Mystic.. Just amazing! Cannot wait to go back and try fishing!

hiking
10 months ago

There is still lots of snow but with caution could walk on top and trek poles helped a bunch. Was not that bad though. I actually loved the snow because it made the views even better. Views are amazing and around every corner. My only complaint was at this time of year the mosquitos were bad the whole way. But if you have lots of deet spray they are tolerable. Was warm too never needed layers and hiked in shorts the whole time. Early in the morning a lite jacket helped till about 8am. Hiked from east rosebud to cook city in 3 days but 4 days or longer would have been better.

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