The Beartooth Highway
Mount Maurice Trail
Four miles south from the south edge of Red Lodge, 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 and 100 yds. past the tennis courts, turn left on a dirt road and park as soon as possible (no designated parking). Walk up this road a short way and open the gate; you are on the trail. It is a pleasant uphill hike through open, then forested hills, and continues 3,000’ over more than three miles 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 the Beartooth Highway, turn left on the East Side Road, drive three miles along the East Side Road to the Corral Cr. Trailhead. This parking lot and small sign are on your left, across the road from Rattin Campground. Take the trail behind the small sign and walk directly across the driveway; about ¼ mile up 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 (and crosses) the creek to the Line Creek Plateau (over 3,000’/ three+ miles), with several nice destinations along the way, including great views of the 2000 Willy Fire down the valley.
Beartrack Trail (a.k.a. Sheep Creek Trail)
This trailhead is eight miles south of Red Lodge on the Beartooth Highway, 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 the Beartooth Highway 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 Lake; four miles/1,300’ to Lost Lake; 5½ miles/ 2,000’ to Black Canyon Lake; six miles/1,500’ to Keyser Brown Lake. The trail continues up to September Morn Lake and Sundance Pass. There is also a 1+ mile/300’ trail from Lions Camp to the Lake Fork trailhead on the east side of Lake Fork Creek. Less than one mile in on the Lake Fork road is the Lions Camp turn-off on your left; continue past this turn-off about ¼ mile, park beside the road on your left, and look for a foot bridge below the road, crossing the creek to that short trail.