Lake Fork Trail (# 2)

The Lake Fork Trail (# 2) is 9.5 miles long and leads from Lake Fork Road (Forest Road 2346) to Sundance Pass. It is considered one of the prettiest and more popular trails in the Red Lodge area. This trail follows the cascading waters of the Lake Fork of Rock Creek and passes a series of lakes on the way to Sundance Pass. This trail may be combined with the West Fork Rock Creek Trail for a 20.5 mile hike that crosses Sundance Pass and ends at the West Fork Rock Creek Trailhead. Elevation change: 3800 feet. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Horseback Riding.

*Please be aware that travelling in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness comes with additional regulations. Please know what is expected of visitors before entering the wilderness.

Distance to:

  • Broadwater Lake:                                           3.75 miles
  • Lost Lake junction:                                              5 miles
  • Keyser Brown Lake junction:                              6 miles
  • September Morn Lake:                                        8 miles
  • Sundance Pass:                                                 9.5 miles

Side Trails:

  • Lost Lake (# 2B):                                              0.3 miles
  • Keyser Brown (# 2D):                                       0.6 miles

The trail has a rolling gentle climb (follows the grade of the river) to Keyser Brown Lake spur trail. At this point, the trail begins to climb to the pass, which is just over 11,000ft. Because of snow, this trail is not usually completely open to Sundance Pass until mid-July.

Directions from district office:

Drive south on US Hwy 212 towards Cooke City, MT for 9.1 miles. Turn west (right) onto the Lake Fork Rd. Drive 1.9 miles to the trailhead. There is ample parking and room for horse trailers. There is a vault toilet at the trailhead.

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy


Lake and Pond Fishing

For detailed fishing information on lakes in this area, please see Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks' Mountain Lakes Guide.

River and Stream Fishing

For detailed information on the Lake Fork of Rock Creek, please see MFISH.

Typically, the Lake Fork of Rock Creek moves really quick, however, there are a few pools that are fishable.

Day Hiking

This is arguably the most popular trail in the Red Lodge area. The hike offers great scenery, the chance for wildlife and a pleasant hike. The hike is a rolling, gentle climb for 6 miles, then it climbs steadily to Sundance Pass.

Horse Riding

Horseback riding is allowed on this trail. Please be aware of wilderness travel regulations for both hiking and horseback riding.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
9.5 miles

  Elevation : 
7200 - 11000