Horses are not allowed on the West Rosebud Trail to Mystic Lake during the summer months due to rock fields and snowdrifts.
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Absarokee
Length: 7 total miles
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Best May to October
Local Maps: R.M.S. Alpine-Cooke City - U.S.G.S. Alpine and Granite Peak
Topo Map: Mystic Lake Topographic Map
Guide Book: Day Hikes in The Beartooth Mountains Guide Book
Read more at www.Trails.com
How to get there:
From Fishtail, drive west and south for 1 mile, turn south (left) to the West Rosebud Road. Watch for the sign for West Rosebud Lake, approximately 2 miles down the road, and turn left. Follow this rough and graveled road for 14 miles to the West Rosebud Trailhead, which is on the left. The trailhead has toilet facilities, and a parking area where climbers can leave their cars.
The trail actually begins up the road about 200 yards, and is reached by walking through the Montana Power Company facilities where the trailhead is clearly marked with a Forest Service sign.
From there, the trail leads toward Mystic Lake (7637 ft.), in the Custer National Forest. The trail is relatively flat for about the first two miles, leading to switchbacks that eventually bring the hiker to a point looking over Mystic Lake Dam. The total elevation gain is about 1,200 feet over 3 miles.