Length: 14 miles
Closest Town: West Yellowstone, MT
Directions: Directions from West Yellowstone, MT: Follow US-20 for 12 miles west to the junction with MT-87. Travel northwest on MT-87 for 5 miles and turn south at the Sawtell historical marker/Forest Service Rd 55/Henry’s Lake Rd. Follow the paved road around the west shore of Henry’s Lake, turning left onto FS Road 53 and then immediately right onto Red Rock Pass Road/FS Rd 58 (an improved dirt road). Follow Red Rock Pass Road for approximately 5 miles to signs marking Red Rock Pass at the Montana-Idaho border. The trailhead and the trail will be on your left but dispersed camping and parking is available on both sides of the road (44.598418, -111.520566). For equestrian users, note that parking may be difficult for a horse trailer.
USGS 7.5 quadrangles: Mount Jefferson, Upper Red Rock Lake, and Slide Mountain; USFS: Targee National Forest, Island Park/Ashton. CDTC Map Set: Maps 301 and 302, Sections MT02 and MT03.
For More Information:
Bureau of Land Management Dillon Field Office: (406)- 683-2337. Targhee National Forest, Dubois Ranger District: (208)-374-5422.
Enjoy spectacular views from the Continental Divide to the Island Park Caldera along the Montana-Idaho border, follow Hell Roaring Creek, where anglers can cast for trout on their way to Blair Lake, and visit the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, declared by many to be the most beautiful national wildlife refuge in the country. The rugged Centennial Mountains, rising more than 9,000 feet above the Centennial Valley wetlands, provide a dramatic backdrop for this extremely remote refuge. The best time to hike is July through September when snow is melted and the creeks are passable. If you want to spend time at the refuge, there is a shorter hike option. Instead of going to Blair Lake, follow signs to Lillian Lake, cross Hell Roaring Creek, and climb into beautiful open meadows and forested groves. Cross Hell Roaring Creek a second time before Lillian Lake appears above you as you climb a little higher.
Photo by Matt Berger