Cooke City / Kersey Lake / Rock Island Lake

Cooke City, Montana 59020

Cooke City / Kersey Lake / Rock Island Lake

Cooke City / Kersey Lake / Rock Island Lake Professional Review and Guide

"The ski trail to Kersey Lake and then to Rock Island Lake presents picturesque backdrops, a gentle backcountry experience, and the opportunity to ski into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, north and east of Yellowstone National Park. The Beartooth Mountains, with peaks over 12,000 feet, are the highest of Montana’s mountain ranges. Among the Beartooths is the state’s giant, Granite Peak, at 12,799 feet. Hundreds of glaciated alpine and subalpine lakes sit among the granite peaks.

The beautiful Absaroka Range to the north is named for the Crow Indian word for crow. The 944,748 acres of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness gained its official wilderness status in 1975. Watch for wolves, moose, mule deer, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep in this region. Although the trailhead is only 3 miles from Cooke City on a summer road, it’s a good idea to arrange a snowmobile shuttle to the trailhead to avoid high-speed snowmobile traffic. However, skiers can take the road, Surface quality: Snowmobile-packed, skier-packed, and backcountry."

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Trail Information

Cooke City
Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Day use
8,036 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,166 feet
Top Elevation
Additional Use
Avalanche Advisory, (406)-587-6981
Local Contacts

Activity Feed

Jul 2018