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Hiking Trails Near Red Lodge

Face of the Mountain Trail (new, 2011)

From Highway 212 on the south edge of Red Lodge, turn left onto Meeteetse Trail Road; drive 3.3 miles on this, (seldom maintained) county road to the trailhead on your right. The trail crosses private, open sage land for 1 ¼ mi., then BLM land to lazy switchbacks of the old Black & White Road (the original road to Beartooth Pass). Atop the ridge, (a 1700’ gain) with great views of Red Lodge to the north, you are overlooking North Fork Grove Cr. Canyon. Another 1 ½ mi. down & up through lodge pole pine forest and you are on the ridge overlooking South Fork Grove Cr. Canyon. Both these canyons have wonderful views of limestone spires. The trail continues south to the Wyoming border (Robertson Draw and Line Cabin); eight total miles possible.

                        Hikes up the West Fork of Rock Creek

Willow Creek (a.k.a. Palisades Campground Trail)

From Highway 212, turn right/west near the south end of Red Lodge on West Fork Road; go one mile on pavement, turn right onto Palisades Campground Road, then 1 ½ miles to the Campground. The trailhead is at the far west end of the camp ground. This is a pleasant, forested, streamside, steady uphill trail about two miles and 800’ elevation to the Red Lodge Mtn. parking lot. Nice mountain biking.

From Highway 212, turn right/west near the south end of Red Lodge on West Fork Road; go one mile on pavement, turn right onto Palisades Campground Road, then 1 ½ miles to the Campground. The trailhead is at the far west end of the camp ground. This is a pleasant, forested, streamside, steady uphill trail about two miles and 800’ elevation to the Red Lodge Mtn. parking lot. Nice mountain biking.

Palisades Trail (new 2013!)

(See above route to Palisades Campground). At the trailhead on the west end of the CG parking lot, hike about 100 yards on the Willow Cr. Trail, then turn right/north onto the Palisades Trail. It is a three mile trail; gentle uphill, 700’ gain; through ponderosa & lodge pole pine, fir and aspen forest; it then descends steeply to sage brush meadows and down to the north trailhead at Fox Road. This trail is popular with horsemen, bikers, and hikers. It is also popular with wildlife, including predators. Be alert. (For the north trailhead: from junction of Hwy 212 & 78, go west on 78 one mile, turn left (west); then 3 miles to end of Fox Rd.) Both trailheads are about 3 miles from Red Lodge.

Nichols Creek Trail (extended 2016)

Turn right/west off Hwy 212 on the south edge of Red Lodge onto West Fork Road. Proceed 2.7 miles; turn left at the fork on pavement; go 1/4 mile and turn right down a short turn off and park. This two-track is being extended to make a 3-mile trail to Red Lodge Mtn. ski area parking lot; a steady uphill in lodge pole forest. It is a quiet place close to town. Good mountain biking. Connects nicely to Willow Creek Trail. (Nichols to be finished summer 2017).

Silver Run Trails

Take the West Fork Road off Hwy 212 and proceed 2.7 miles; turn left at the fork continuing on pavement another 1 ½ miles. Turn left at the sign for Silver Run Road, cross the bridge and park. The trails begin about ¼ mile west of the parking lot. Loop 1: 2.4 miles; loop 2: 3.4 miles; loop 3: 4.5 miles; loop 4: 5.1 miles. All are in lodge pole pine forest, are slightly up hill at first, and return along the river. Loop 4 connects to the Basin Lakes Trail. Nice mountain biking.

An option here is the Ingles Creek Trail which branches south off loop 2 past the bridge, and continues uphill about 2 miles and 1600’ to the ridge, meeting the Silver Run trail, then a mile down to the trailhead.

[The Silver Run Trail begins at the same parking lot as the Loop trails, or you can drive up that Silver Run road (high clearance vehicle) two miles to the trailhead. The distance from the Silver Run trailhead to the plateau is 2+ miles and 2000’ elevation.]

Basin Creek Lakes Trail *

Turn west off Highway 212, south side of Red Lodge, onto West Fork Road and continue 2.7 miles; turn left at the junction, continuing on pavement 4.2 miles; turn left at the Basin Cr. Lake trailhead. This trail is uphill 2 ½ miles and 1400’ to the lower lake, and another 1 ½ miles and 700’ to the upper lake, all in lodge pole pine forest. (No horses except during hunting season).

Timberline Lake Trail *

Four miles past Basin Lakes trailhead on the left is Timberline L. Trailhead. This trail is four miles and 2,100’, near a stream, through a lot of burned forest. The lake is at the foot of 12,500’ Silver Run Mountain. Lake Gertrude about ½ mile below Timberline L.  [A junction at 2 ½ miles heads left to Silver Run Lakes (1 ½ mi. & 700’) and the switchbacks up to Silver Run Plateau, continuing on as the Beartrack Trail over the Plateau. (No bikes)].

Senia Creek Trail * (new trailhead 2010)

The Senia trailhead is at the end of West Fork road. This trail is a steep 2.5 miles and (2,000’) to the Red Lodge Cr. Plateau. It connects to the Red Lodge Cr. Trail (north east) and to the Spread Cr. Trail down to East Rosebud Lake.

West Fork Trail * #

At the end of West Fork Road (12.7 miles from Red Lodge) is the trailhead for the West Fork Trail. A pleasant 4 mile hike gaining 1,000’ and passing Calamity Falls and Sentinel Falls, takes you to Quinnebaugh Meadows. The trail continues to Sundance Pass, or up to Lake Mary.

*Note: Basin, Timberline, Senia and West Fork Trails are all in some burned timber from the 2008, 10,000 acre Cascade fire.

Hikes off Highway 212, the Beartooth Highway

Mount Maurice Trail

Four miles south of Red Lodge on Hwy. 212, turn left/east onto the East Side Road (or park at the Rock Creek Resort and walk across the footbridge to the East Side Road). About ½ mile from the highway, on the East Side Road, turn left on a dirt road and park. Walk up this road a short way and open the gate…you are on the trail. It is a pleasant uphill hike through open and forested land, continuing three miles & 3,000’ to the Line Creek Plateau. There are nice destinations along the way, and the lower section has great views of the valley.

Corral Creek Trail

Four miles south of Red Lodge on Hwy 212, turn left on the East Side Road; drive three miles to the Corral Cr. Trailhead. (Parking lot and trail sign are on your left, across the road from Rattin Campground). Take the trail behind the small sign and continue directly across the driveway. About ¼ mile on the trail you will cross another driveway…look for small “Trail” signs in the immediate area to again get you on the trail. This pleasant uphill walk follows the creek to the Line Creek Plateau (over 3,000’ and three+ miles), with several nice destinations along the way; great views of the 2000 Willy Fire down valley.

Beartrack Trail (a.k.a. Sheep Creek Trail)

This trailhead is eight miles south of Red Lodge on Highway 212, on the right side of the road, signed “Beartrack Trailhead”. It is about three miles and 3,000’ up to the Silver Run Plateau. The first 1,500’/one mile are through open hillsides with great views of the Rock Creek valley. On the Plateau, the trail connects with the Silver Run Trail and the continuation of the Beartrack Trail to Silver Run Lakes and the Timberline L. Trail.

Lake Fork Trail #

Eight and a half miles south of Red Lodge, turn right/west off Highway 212 at the “Lake Fork” sign. This paved road goes two miles to the trailhead. It is a pleasant uphill grade along the creek and in the forest, three miles/800’to Broadwater; four miles/1,300’ to Lost Lake; 5½ miles/ 2,000’ to Black Canyon Lake; or six miles/ 1,500’ to Keyser Brown Lake. The trail continues up to September Morn Lake and Sundance Pass. (No bikes).

(There is also a 1+ mile/300’ trail from Lions Camp to the Lake Fork trailhead on the east side of Lake Fork Creek. About 1 ¼ mi. from Hwy. 212, park beside the road on your left, and look for a foot bridge below the road, crossing the creek to that short trail.)

    Hikes up the Main Fork of Rock Creek

Parkside Recreational Trail

Ten and one-half miles south of Red Lodge on Highway 212, turn right/west at the “campgrounds” sign; turn right again less than ¼ mile in and park in the first parking lot; look for the Parkside Recreational Trail sign on the south side of the lot. This trail is less than two miles of gentle, mostly open terrain, paralleling Rock Creek. Another short hike (1/4 mile) goes from nearby Greenough Campground to Greenough Lake.

Glacier Lake Trail

Ten and one-half miles south of Red Lodge on Highway 212, turn right/west at the “campgrounds” sign; continue on this paved road about ½ mile, across Wyoming Creek bridge, past the Limberpine campground, then left on the gravel road where it forks. Drive 7 ½ miles on this very rough road to the Glacier Lake trailhead. It is 1 ½ miles/ 1,100’ to Glacier Lake through rocky, alpine terrain with high, granite cliffs in the background. (No bikes, no horses).

In Red Lodge

Airport Trail (City of Red Lodge)

Trailheads: (1) 15th Street at McGillen Avenue, (2) Highway 78 at Rodeo Grounds entrance, (3) White Ave. and Airport Rd.
Three mile loop; packed sand; no elevation gain.

Coal Miners Park

Take Second St. to the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary parking lot. Climb the stairs or hike or ride up the switchback trail to the top of the hill. Trails wind around the top and drop down the east side to the pleasant Rock Creek. Continue north to Beartooth Lane or south past the high school track & football field. (Beartooth Lane connects to the multi-use path along Broadway/Hwy 212 back into Red Lodge; or take Haggin St. back to Second to complete a loop).


Notes: # indicates trails in designated Wilderness where bicycles are prohibited.

Horses are allowed on trails except where noted. When encountering horses, hikers should step off the downhill side of the trail to let them pass; speak normally to the horse and rider.

Always control your dog (leashes recommended) (required in the city limits) to protect your dog, yourself, others, and wildlife.

This is bear country. Carry bear spray out of town, learn how to use it, learn about bears and how to live with them.

The Alpine-Mount Maurice topographical map by Rocky Mtn. Surveys is a good reference for these hikes. Day Hikes in the Beartooths by Robert Stone will define these and many more hikes in the area. Except Airport and Coal Miners Trails, these trails are on US Forest Service public land. Call the Beartooth Ranger District, 406-446-2103 for information about trail conditions and restrictions; office is located on the south edge of Red Lodge on Highway 212.

Revised 2013 by Beartooth Recreational Trails Association, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit promoting non-motorized trails in and around Red Lodge since 2002. Visit Donations appreciated! Box 1872, Red Lodge, 59068

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