budget-travels-tips.com - backpacking, hiking and camping Welcome to budget-travels-tips.com
create account   login  
     home : trails : montana
    articles  beginners  gear  links  pictures            

East Rosebud Trail

Hike Name: East Rosebud Trail
Location: south MT
Length: 26
Submitted by: jerry Kessler
Date Submitted: 0/0/00

more Montana trail reviews
Montana national parks
Montana state parks
For more trail descriptions and topo maps, try a Free Trial Offer from Trails.com

The 26 mile East Rosebud Trail in the Gallatin and Custer National Forests of the Beartooth Mountains is certainly one of the most spectacular in the northern Rockies. This hike through the heart of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness area has everything. High moutain peaks (12000+ ft) including views of Granite Peak, Montana's highest, considerable above treeline hiking (real Alpine tundra), dark forests, numerous waterfalls, too many lakes to mention, great fishing and a descent through a canyon that rivals Yosemite's walls. It's good trail all the way and you are likely to see a variety of wildlife including black bear, elk, big horn sheep and mountain goats not to mention the assorted rodents from pikas to marmots.

Its best to start at the southern trailhead and work your way north. That way two thirds of the hike will be downhill.

This hike is not as solitary as many in Montana and you will probably meet other parties - three other groups in a day would be typical in August - but it won't seem crowded. If you want real solitude, just walk a half mile off trail and you'll certainly be by yourself and off trail hiking really is the essence of hiking in the Beartooths.

Most folks take five days, but it's an easy three. However there are so many opportunities for exploring off trail in every direction, that you can make it as long as you like.

The trail is generally in good shape after July 4 and reaches its highest elevation at Fossil Lake at just about 10,000 ft.

One word of caution, weather can be extreme and it can freeze and snow anytime of the year. Come prepared with good three season gear.

Directions to Hike
Take U.S. 212 south from Red Lodge, MT (this highway is spectacular and worth the trip in itself)to Cooke City, MT. A few miles before reaching Cooke City (about 50 miles south of Red Lodge), you'll come to the trailhead just across the highway from the Gallatin National Forest's Chief Joseph Campground. There is a sizable parking lot with restroom and picnic facilities at the trailhead.

Contact Information
Custer National Forest,
Beartooth District, Rt 2, Box 3420, Red Lodge, MT 59068

submit a new trail review

About Our Reviews

Many people ask us to recommend a place to go hiking. Instead of us deciding what places are best, we let the backpacking community help out. The reviews on budget-travels-tips.com have been submitted by our viewers. Some reviews are positive and some are negative. If you don't agree with a review, feel free to submit your own trail review.


Trail Reviews
National Parks
State Parks
AT Database

Submit a New Trail Review

Trails & Places Main Page


Search budget-travels-tips.com for:

Ready to Buy Gear?

Sponsored Links

Great Outdoor Sites