Lower Lake Fork Trail (# 2A)


Lower Lake Fork Trail (# 2A) is 2 miles long and leads from the old Richel Lodge site on the Lake Fork Road (Forest Road 2346) to Lake Fork Trail (# 2) parking area. This trail follows the cascading waters of the Lake Fork of Rock Creek and is a popular cross country ski area in winter. Elevation change: 400 feet. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding, Cross Country Skiing and Snow Shoeing.

Directions from the Beartooth Ranger District office:
Drive south on US Hwy 212 towards Cooke City, MT for 9.1 miles. Turn west (right) onto the Lake Fork Rd. From here, there are three access points to the Lower Lake Fork Trail (#2A). These are listed below:

  • The first is the old Richel Lodge site. The lodge burned in 1966 and now there is a big meadow. After you turn right onto the Lake Fork Rd, you will cross a bridge over the Main Fork of the Rock Creek. Immediately turn left, cross another bridge over the Lake Fork of Rock Creek, and enter a large meadow. Follow the dirt road to the western edge of the meadow and follow the trail that runs west along the Lake Fork of Rock Creek. This path will pass through the Lions Camp. Please stay on the path during this section and do not disturb the buildings.
  • The second option is to drive up the Lake Fork Rd. for 0.8 miles. Park in the small parking lot on the left side of the road. A short trail leads you down the embankment and across a wooden bridge to the Lower Lake Fork Trail (#2A).
  • The final option is to drive 1.9 miles on the Lake Fork Rd. until it deadends at the trailhead for the main Lake Fork Trail (#2). Walk the Lake Fork Trail for a short distance and cross the bridge over the creek. The Lake Fork Trail (# 2) continues to the right (west). The Lower Lake Fork Trail goes to the left (east).

*The Lake Fork Rd is closed yearly from December 2 to April 14 for winter recreation. The gate is 0.5 miles up the Lake Fork Rd, at the Lions Camp entrance. However, the road is not plowed beyond the Richel Lodge site. Skiers can access the Lower Lake Fork Trail (# 2A) by following the same instructions as above.

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy



Show detail SHOW


Show detail SHOW

Horse Riding & Camping

Show detail SHOW

Winter Sports

Hide detail HIDE

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

This trail is a very popular location to crosscountry ski. Please refer to the map above and the directions for specifics on the crosscountry ski options.

Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
2 miles

  Elevation : 
6760 - 7200