Hiking The East Rosebud Trail

The 4th most popular hiking trail in Montana.

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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 4th most popular hiking trail of all 19 hikes in Montana.

Hiking In The Beartooths, Montana

Hiking In The Beartooths, Montana

East Rosebud Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Custer National Forest (406) 657-6200; Montana Visitors (800) 847-4868 or 541-1447.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Montana" from Bill Schneider

Best Season:  Jun. - Aug.

Average Difficulty:  Hardcore

Luxury Loding:  Pollard Inn, Red Lodge (800) 678-8946

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/custer

GPS:  45.0249, -109.8821

Date Published:  1/3/2016

Date Updated:  7/11/2016

ID:  11050

East Rosebud Trail Hiking Map


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