Stillwater River Trail to Sioux Charley Lake Main Stillwater Drainage

Red Lodge, Montana 59068

Stillwater River Trail to Sioux Charley Lake Main Stillwater Drainage

Stillwater River Trail to Sioux Charley Lake Main Stillwater Drainage Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Stillwater River is a major drainage in the Beartooth Mountains. The river’s headwaters begin in an expansive basin high atop the Beartooth Plateau west of Crown Butte and Daisy Pass, just north of Cooke City. The river travels over 70 miles southeast to its confluence with the Yellowstone River at Columbus. This hike follows a dramatic section of the Stillwater River through a narrow, steep-walled canyon at the boundary of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.

The river puts on a spectacular display of waterfalls, cascades, and rapids as it rages down the drainage. The trail emerges into a pristine valley surrounded by majestic mountains. Sioux Charley Lake, a long, slow-moving section of the river, lies nestled in this valley along the eastern base of Cathedral Peak. The trail begins just past the Woodbine Campground at the end of County Road 419."

Stillwater River Trail to Sioux Charley Lake Main Stillwater Drainage Trip Reports

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7/21/2018
You don’t need to go far to experience the roar of the Stillwater River on this well maintained trail. Walk a little further and get your fly rod out for some high mountain stream and lake fishing. Absolutely gorgeous! Slight incline that flattens out.
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7/19/2009
FYI: The road to the trailhead turns to dirt just outside the town of Roscoe. Approximately the last 10 miles are sandy, rocky dirt road that is definitely passable w/o 4-wheel-drive but be prepared to go slow.

This won't let me post w/o rating the trail. I have not hiked it -- had to turn back because of a storm -- so just disregard my rating!
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5/15/2003
A wonderful trail that begins in a burnt area and ends in the high country of paradise.
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Stillwater River Trail to Sioux Charley Lake Main Stillwater Drainage Photos

Trail Information

Red Lodge
Nearby City
6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Natural Bridge State park
Local Contacts
USGS: Cathedral Point
Local Maps