Northwest of Red Lodge in the Custer National Forest, the 28 mile East Rosebud Trail runs along the Beartooth Plateau past waterfalls, lakes and meadows full of huckleberries. Starting from 6,000 feet at the East Rosebud Trailhead, the route climbs 4,000 of vertical and ends at the Clarks Fork Trailhead.
To reach the hiking trailhead from the intersection of US 212 and SR 78 in Red Lodge, go northwest on SR 78 for 20 miles to Roscoe. Turn left (west) on East Rosebud Lake Rd and go 14.5 miles to the trailhead.
Overall, East Rosebud Trail is the 5th most popular hiking trail of all 19 hikes in Montana.