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

hiking
11 days ago

The trail was short, but steep. It’s totally worth the climb! The wildflowers, rushing water and scenic mountain views are beautiful. Start early before the trail becomes busy (and before afternoon thunderstorms!) and definitely carry bear spray.

hiking
22 days ago

Non-stop uphill for the first 1.5 miles, then it levels off and heads down to the lake. The views are awesome. The road in is rough but passible with passenger cars. I would advise that you have heavy tread on your tires as standard auto tires may be damaged by the rocks and such. Off road treads are best.

26 days ago

This is a popular trail for a reason! Views of the lake at the end of the trail are breathtaking. I would note that it is longer than 3.6 miles - closer to 5 miles round trip. It’s a strenuous uphill climb for most of the way, but well worth it. Even though there were lots of people out, we saw a bear on the trail, so remember your bear spray!

hiking
29 days ago

This hike is a butt kicker for sure—worth it. A switch backed climb filled with views all the way to the top. Done the first week in July, but of snow for the last half mile or so covering the trail.

This was our approach when we visited yellowstone years past. Very scenic.

hiking
5 months ago

Me and my Dad did this trail when we visited the area a few years ago. Very beautiful and worth the time.

June 23rd, A friend of mine and I decided to try this trail out. After parking (which was easy), we started our backpacking trip. It was a steep climb for the first half mile or better then it tapers off to a up and down, but nothing to extreme for elevations. We had hardly no mosquitos or any insects really until the evening. Even then, they were not bad. Luckily the forest cleaning crew left there the previous week. I would recommend maybe waiting another week, because we were lucky as far as trails, snow, were concerned. To gather water for drinking is about 2 miles in. Until then, it is in a deep crevasse. We used our Hammocks this trip, and it was perfect. We did not see any bears, but there was bear signs, that they were around. It is Grizzly area, so be smart. We only made it about 5 miles in, and we decided to turn back because the water was too fast for our comfort to cross, knowing that we had 50 pound packs on, and deep enough in to be "in trouble". After we left we made way north, and did a few miles of "The Beaten Path". I would like to come back to this trail and make it to the end and back. Highly recommend for a beginner trail. trail is pretty easy to navigate also.

hiking
10 months ago

Fantastic hike with beautiful views. We did it after a large snowfall, so it was a bit tougher as the snow was knee deep in some places, but the views are worth it. Definitely a trail to do again in the spring/summer. Make sure you take bear spray; lots of obviously bear activity in the area (tracks, scratches, & heard one growl thankfully up the mountain a bit).

hiking
11 months ago

This is an amazing hike. They rate it Moderate, but I would lean toward Strenuous because of the high elevation and up hill trek. The distance is about 5 miles round trip, but it is all up hill through craggy terrain. Every switchback has a different, breathtaking view with flourishing flora, pine trees, waterfalls, wild huckleberries, blueberries and raspberries galore. Take lots of water. There are big cuttys in the lake! Don't forget your fly rod.

11 months ago

The "road" is a joke. Basically just a continuous bed of rocks you drive over. We've been on many rough roads before but this takes the cake. Had to turn back. We have a 4wd vehicle, it was just too much of an unpleasant experience.

Easy hike. Family friendly. Beautiful vistas and lakes. We started here and hiked to Beauty lake, the number of hikers thins out after night lake. At 9500 feet but flat hike so altitude not an issue. Good lake for kayaking/paddle boarding. Crystal clear water.
Campground nearby makes this a busy and popular place.

Just went down to Gardner lake. Great fishing! Just little guys but very catchable!

11 months ago

Great views and the wildflowers were amazing!! Little rough getting up but then you get downhill most the way back! Defiantly wanna try going to the lake beyond next time. Tried a little fishing but no takers

Monday, August 07, 2017

loved it!

hiking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Absolutely incredible views! Highly recommend!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The last four miles of the road getting there is pretty rough. Not a lot of trees. It's out of red Lodge!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Beautiful trail, the last 4 miles of the road to get there is quite rough, but that part can be walked or biked

hiking
Friday, July 14, 2017

Great hike with beautiful views throughout. The lake is worth the hike and provides breathtaking views. The water is cool and crystal clear. A must do if you are in the area.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

First things first: This is Grizzly country. We saw a few tracks on the trail on the way in and then saw a sow and her cub on the trail on the way out. They were facing away from us, so we diverted off trail to give them a wide berth. It all worked out ok, but we were well prepared. Be advised. Secondly, bring LOTS of bug spray. They are tons of mosquitos. They congregate around the marshy areas of course, so this may be better later in the season as things dry out.

The trail itself runs through sweeping alpine meadows and pine forests. Lots of opportunities for backpacking and camping. The trail remains between 9400-9600 feet and it's easy to forget your are hiking across the tops of mountains as it seems to be rolling hills and fields. Lots of small lakes and streams, so there is plenty of water around.

All in all, a fun hike and we may go back to backpack later in the year. We have driven by this area many times and always wanted to explore it. Well worth the effort.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Well made trail rises uniformly from parking area, and passes through steep boulder stewn Alpine slopes with sparse new tree growth. Near the top there is still a lot of snow and it obscures the trail. The road in would be hard without high clearance vehicle. Well worth the effort.

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hard to truly rate this trail fairly as the trail was completely obscured by snow. Beautiful scenery. We had hoped for more and were prepared to hike in the snow, but simply couldn't cross the creek, which had turned into a raging river due to snow melt. Attempted hike in the last week of June.

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Almost a five star hike, but trail was hard to follow because of recent snowfall. Beautiful iced over lake. We made it as close as we could! The tundra was flowering and beautiful as usual.

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

We tried to hike this trail but 2miles before reaching the trail the road was closed due to snow drift. The locals (Top of The World employees) told us that happens most of the time (summer included). Therefore this trail is rarely accessible.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Incredible!

hiking
Monday, November 14, 2016

Easy hike, plenty to look at. Friendly people all along the trail. Only open when the Beartooth Pass is open. We camped at Island Lake Campground multiple times over the summer and loved it.

hiking
Monday, November 14, 2016

Outstanding! This is a climb but well worth it. the last half mile is breathtaking. The lake view is outstanding. There just isn't anything I didn't like other than the road to get to it. There was snow and a little ice about half way up the trail but not enough to need snow shoes this time.

hiking
Monday, August 29, 2016

Fantastic hike! Didn't see a lot of wildlife, but it didn't matter--the views were amazing and the lakes at the end were definitely worth the climb. I would say this is on the strenuous side of moderate due to the altitude (I definitely struggled, but I'm a new transplant to the area and maybe am just not used to it yet), but it's pretty short and the switchbacks are relatively low grade and well-maintained. If you have knee problems I would definitely recommend hiking poles--we forgot ours and regretted it on the way down. We brought our medium-size dog along and she loved it, and we saw 3-4 other groups with dogs of varying sizes along the way, all very well-behaved. Took us a total of about 3 hours, including lots of stops and a good amount of time exploring up top. I'll echo what others have said about the road out to the trailhead--do not attempt unless you have AWD and good clearance! It was a great adventure, and we will definitely be back.

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

Party of 5 hiked early August. Weather forecast showed showers at 2:00pm... We found them around 10:00am. Light to moderate showers to the lake & back made parts of the trail slippery, but the scenery was still gorgeous. Well traveled trail, and we passed several people with medium sized dogs. The "primitive road" to the trail requires a sturdy vehicle (read truck or suv), don't try to drive a car up there.

hiking
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Even in the rain and wind this was an amazing hike! 2.5 hours round trip including time at lake and several stops for photos.

backpacking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Out and back with two families in mid June. 7 and 9 yr old daughters did it. Tough at times but great views.

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