Explore the most popular lake 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.

hiking
2 days ago

This was an absolute amazing hike. It’s not exactly short and has a decent incline, so bring your lunch. There is a really awesome and big cascading waterfall along the way just off the trail. It’s big enough to feel the mist and goes for quite some time. I recommend checking that out. When you get to the lake, it’s breath taking. Also make sure you bring bear spray.

hiking
4 days ago

I never hike and this one I did. It was definitely a challenge, but pretty the whole way and doable. We carried our 2 yr old as well. There’s fishing and a good spot for a break at the lake before you turn around and go back.

Well maintained trail system and beautiful views. We only went to the falls this trip but I have packed into Rainbow Lake in the past and found it and Elk Lake well worth the climb.

Breathtaking views from the beginning to the end ! It was so Beautiful, and We were very happy that our friend recommended this hike . The hike wasn’t very difficult, but bring a hat and sunscreen as there aren’t many shaded area till Elk lake. It became very hot at high 80’s (July 10th).

Did this with Ricky Mountain Women Outdoors.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful hike the whole way. Pretty easy/slow incline the whole way up. Only tough part would be navigating the rocky parts of the trail. Views at the top are incredible.

backpacking
11 days ago

Wow. Just got home from backpacking the Beaten Path (Cooke City to East Rosebud) and it was an adventure I’ll never forget.

7/6/18 Snow covered most of the trail from Russel to Fossil lake. We would have likely gotten lost if not for our map/compass. There were also two places we needed to cross fairly wide rivers to get to the trail (water was about knee/thigh deep, pretty fast, bring trekking poles and extra socks!!!!)

Once we made it past the Twin Outlet Lakes it was pretty smooth sailing. Absolutely spellbinding scenery and a clear trail to follow.

One last word of advice to anyone headed out early July, the mosquitoes were biblical. We were eaten alive from Cooke City pretty much until after Rainbow Lake. Bring high intensity insect repellant and apply liberally. We used spray but I’m still absolutely covered in bites from the last three days.

Despite all that, this really was a remarkable, one of a kind trail I’d highly recommend - just wait until later in the season when the snow has melted away from the trail and the mosquitoes aren’t as bad!

hiking
14 days ago

First time hiking this trail. Hiked The 4th of July. Very beautiful hike! There is a section that is nothing but rocks and boulders, but I was prepared with my hiking poles and made it through just fine. Once you get to the lake the view is breathtaking! I would do this trail again!

hiking
19 days ago

Been coming here the last 2 years. Due to never having a car on both sides I’ve always had to hike out the way I hike in. It’s always east rosebud to fossil lake or Clark’s fork to lake Dewey. Probably my favorite place in the world. Coming back on July 3 to hopefully hike into fossil to camp from the rosebud side if snow isn’t too deep. The stretch from twin outlets to fossil is just stunning

Hiked the trail once a couple years ago and going back in a couple weeks for round 2. One of the most beautiful places I’ve been.

I’m also looking for a car/key exchange July 4-7.

Redjeff30@gmail.com

Looking for a key swap for July 6th-8th or July 14-16th. Please email Justin at jjeflar@gmail.com

hiking
1 month ago

It is an ok hike with alright views. Too crowded. The hike was a bit of a challenge but nothing way too hard. Good for families!

I hiked the Beaten Path last July. I am not the most physically fit person who hikes daily, but with determination and endurance anyone can start and finish a 28 mile hike. At one point after starting from the Chief Joesph trail head I started to feel tired, my body ached. I wanted to give up. I told myself,, I would make Russell lake my final destination and head back to parking the next morning. The following day I woke up and asked myself what was I thinking? to give up on something I had planned on doing for a year. I knew my journey was just about to begin with every will power in my body and relentless mind set, I knew my destiny was to finish the Beaten Path. From the highest breath taking views of Fossil lake, to sitting by the most quiet coves by twin lakes I had no regrets. I was asked by what I believed to be the Crow sprits near the end of my 2 1/2 day hike if I would ever return to hike this trail again? with East Rosebud lake behind me, I looked back at the unforgivable wilderness and replied w a Yes. One thing I learned about this experience last year was to always embrace ones Beauty, Culture and History. Oh and one other thing "They Don't call it the Beaten Path for Nothing" Embrace

hiking
1 month ago

Road to trailhead closed at Pinecove camping area (about 5 miles from trailhead) met a fellow hiker said rumor was the road would open again Memorial weekend.

We parked at campground and walked up to West Rosebud Lake, since we had driven out.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike with great views up to the lake. The lake seemed kind of low at this point but there’s still plenty snow on the peaks.

Awesome hike, loved the scenery all the way through. The lake is hard to find a private area to sit around, we wandered for a bit to find an awesome rock accessible to have lunch on. Pretty easy for all skill types!

backpacking
1 month ago

Spectacular!

First hike I’ve ever done and I loved it!!!

Beautiful hike, the views are incredible. A lot of people were just hiking up to the falls which was impressive going to the lake is worth it though. Of the 10 or so dogs on the trail only ours and one other was leashed. Even the ranger that checked our fishing licenses had an unleashed dog, just something to be aware of.

Looking for a key exchange July 22nd-25th. Please email jess.l.lawrence@outlook.com

Thanks!

I am planning on hiking the trail the week of 4th of July. Any idea if there will be other hikers that week? Would be uncomfortable if we were the only hikers out on the trail. Wasn’t sure if that time of the year is still considered early. Comments please?

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.

What a great hike with amazing views all around! We went May 8th and there was still some snow on the ground, but not too much to stop us. I was visiting from Philly and it was the most beautiful picturesque Montana day!

An easy going trail with incredible views, and we didn’t even make it to Elk lake! After fighting the snow for about a mile we decided to save it for another day when the snow had melted. Will definitely be back

Even though this one is rated easy, there were some spots that were tough for me. I will definitely try this one again being more physically fit, but it was worth every bit! Beautiful scenery and lake was breathtaking at the end!

hiking
4 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
4 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
5 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
5 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.

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