Explore the most popular forest 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.

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.

scenic driving
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This is a beautiful and picturesque drive through some stunning landscapes. Is it possibly better than the Beartooth Highway? Do both and make up your own mind!!!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fantastic views. Easy hike over dirt road. Very secluded in late June. Road still not open to auto traffic, but great for a hike! Be careful in grizzly country - some "remnants" apparent along the trail.

scenic driving
Thursday, February 23, 2017

This is not a hike, it is a road. It is a dirt road though. This is one of the most beautiful roads I have ever been on. I recommend this road to anyone visiting the beartooths. I cannot stress that enough. The view is breathtaking

trail running
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Great trail! The trail is Narrow single track for the first 4 miles along a small river. The trail is closed after that due the recent fires from early August and late July 2016. Don't go alone out there. I would definitely not consider it moderately used. Be prepared to get wet early on; there is one knee deep crossing within the first 3/4 mile that you'll have to wade through.

scenic driving
Friday, February 19, 2016

If you're into scenic vistas this will rank among one your favorite scenic drives. If you're in or near Cody and are wanting to access Yellowstone in the summer months via a more circuitous/less-travelled route, the Chief Joseph Highway will dump you out on an equally scenic US 212. Turning left (West) at the junction will lead you to Cooke City, MT and Yellowstone's Silver Gate, which will lead you to scenic Lamar Valley and eventually to Roosevelt/Tower Junction. Turning right (East) will lead up over the Beartooth Mountains (Montana's tallest range) and into Red Lodge, MT.

hiking
Monday, August 24, 2015

Well worth the hike for the many spectacular views that you will see!!! My husband and I hiked just over 30 miles in 3 days. We started by backpacking up to Lake Elaine and camped there our first night. Absolutely amazing view!!! We saw probably 8-10 lakes throughout our hike. The evenings/mornings were a little chilly but with good camping gear we stayed warm at night. We did about half of our trip on trail and half off trail. I would recommend a good GPS to explore some of the off trail stuff like we did. Plus with a good GPS we were able to tell when we were in Montana and able to fish which was very helpful. Over all total we hiked almost 6,000 vertical feet...we did it without a lot of stopping but are in pretty good shape. I would highly recommend this to someone who wants a good workout and a wonderful view!!!! :)

camping
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This is a beautiful trail that passes through a range of scenery. It first goes north and is several miles from the North Fork of Crandall Creek. The trail was easy to follow until we came to a big open field that stretched way south in the direction of the creek. Without a good map to consult (don't make the same mistake!) we followed a trail into that field towards the creek. A long way on, we decided that it was not the main trail and had to retrace out steps. The actual trail went straight across the field and soon met the junction with the Squaw Creek trail. There was a nice campsite near Teepee Creek. We continued on and found a large horse camp a few miles further west. It had about six bear boxes and was beautifully located right on North Crandall Creek. From there we could see the ridge we needed to climb to reach the pass into Yellowstone. There are three big stream crossings and a very steep climb before you reach a beautiful ridge leading to the pass overlooking Cache Mountain and Yellowstone National Park. The trail ends there. We continued on into YNP, but it was a difficult bushwhack because the valley was filled with downed trees.

This is a beautiful, somewhat difficult trail. One end is at the Crandall Ranger Station and the other is at the Canoe Lake trailhead of Yellowstone National Park. The trail switches sides of the valley and exposes the hiker to beautiful views of bluffs and Crandall Creek. There are very few signs or trail markers, so the further one gets from the ranger station, the harder it is to follow the trail. It is curious that the Crandall Trail connects with the Canoe Lake trail in Yellowstone and yet is less maintained (meaning in worse shape) than the North Crandall Trail which dead ends at a pass overlooking YNP. (We bushwhacked the valley to link with the Cache Creek Trail but it was not easy.) There is about a three mile segment on a south facing slope that is steep and scree filled. One old sign warned riders to dismount along this section. I could not imagine trusting the footing of a horse. The last few miles along Timber Creek are largely in a burned or downed-tree area. There is a large former hunting campsite about four or five miles from Canoe Lake on Timber Creek. The trail crosses the creek there. Another great campsite is at the confluence of Closed Creek and Timber (where it becomes Crandall).

hiking
Sunday, July 20, 2014

I've done this hike a few times with Boy Scouts. From highway 16 take county road 446 toward Camp Buffalo Bill. After crossing the big bridge take a right at the fork (#448). The trailhead is about 1/4 mile up this road, but there isn't very good parking. I recommend parking at the Boy Scout camp. There is good parking just outside the camp gate. This will add about 3/4 of a mile to your hike.

Whenever I've hiked this trail, we started at camp Buffalo Bill and went up about 3-6 miles. Just below the meadows there is s nice Kirk spot to camp. Once you get to the meadows the mosquitoes will get pretty bad. You can follow the trail all the way to Flora Lake, but we never made it that far. Instead we climbed to the top of Howell Mountain, 10,000ft. The view at the top is spectacular. You can see points like Eagle's Nest, Fortress Mountain, and there glacier basin at the headwaters of Fishhawk creek. This app says that the two is easy, but the first 3-6 miles climb a a thousand feet or more. Be sure to bring bear spray.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

We drove the Beartooth Hwy first to Rock Creek Vista Point and then turned around. They were skiing on top of the Beartooth Hwy in late June. We saw Bear’s Tooth Peak and Granite Mountain, which at 12,799 ft., is the highest mountain in Montana. We missed the Clay Butte Lookout road due to closure and repairs, a 2 mi. spur with close-ups of Granite Peak and Pilot Index Overlook. We next retraced our steps to the Chief Joseph Hwy toward Cody, called the Sunlight Basin Road and full of little canyons and creeks. This snow-less highway had beautiful sights, a huge canyon with great views all around, including rock formations like natural fort walls. We crossed the gorge and river and ascended the other side of the canyon via switchbacks. Some bikers rode with us to the top of the hill; we left them and went down the other side with badlands off in the distance, Heart Mt. and red rock layers mixed with white rock layers, mixed with green grassy plains and blue sky made a nice mix. These were the wide-open spaces of Wyoming, as the downhill road to Cody was full of treeless grassy hills with grazing cattle. A beautiful drive not to miss!

hiking
Thursday, September 27, 2012

Great Trail, keeps going a ways farther back than listed on here. You can go a few more miles up the mountain, for some great shots of Index and Pilot Peaks. The trail does get significantly harder both in elevation and terrain.

hiking
Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Dead Indian travels through gorgeous meadows interspersed with wooded areas alongside the Clark Fork Canyon. It is rolling ups and downs for the first 4 miles with beautiful vistas of the Canyon and breathtaking waterfalls. Then it suddenly makes a steep dive to the floor of the canyon. The switchbacks at the end are treacherous! A slippery slope of rolling gravelly scree and then the trail kind of peters out once you've made it (alive) to the bottom. Once you get down to river level, don't bother to follow the trail -- go ahead and bushwhack to whatever appeals to you. If you don't feel like making the big descent, you won't really be missing out on that much except perhaps a bit of a soak, and a different viewpoint of the Canyon. It is an absolutely gorgeous hike, however.

hiking
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scenic driving
Saturday, June 17, 2017

scenic driving
Monday, May 29, 2017

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

camping
Monday, August 24, 2015

Saturday, June 27, 2015

camping
Tuesday, July 29, 2014