Lady of the Lake

Cooke City, Wyoming 82423

Lady of the Lake

Lady of the Lake Professional Review and Guide

"An easy day hike to a gorgeous forested lake. This trailhead is slightly harder to locate than most others in the Beartooths, but this hasn’t lessened its popularity. The area has much to offer, and it receives heavy use both by locals and those who travel from afar for a chance to experience this spectacular wild area.

The trailhead lies on the eastern fringe of the section of the Beartooths that has been extensively mined, logged, and roaded. Even in the 2 miles of gravel road to the trailhead, the contrast between this area and the pristine wilderness is clearly evident. You can camp at the undeveloped campground at the trailhead to get an earlier start."

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"A picturesque and accessible forested lake. Lady of the Lake is an ideal choice for an easy day hike or overnighter with small children. Besides being a short hike, the weather isn’t as critical as it is at the higher elevations."

"An easy day hike or overnighter to a picturesque and accessible forested lake, a great trip for families with small children. Lady of the Lake is an ideal choice for an easy day hike or overnighter with small children. Besides being a short hike, the weather isn’t as critical as it is at the higher elevations.

Unfortunately, you might have to get your feet wet immediately upon starting this trip.The bridge over Fisher Creek washed out years ago, and until late in the year, the stream carries too much water to ford without wading. After Fisher Creek, the trail goes by a small inholding with a cabin then heads down a well-maintained, forest-lined trail to Lady of the Lake. The Forest Service sign says 1 mile to the lake, but it’s probably more like 1.5 miles."

"Lady of the Lake sits in a serene, forested bowl surrounded by mountains at 8,800 feet. To the north and south of the 42-acre lake are meadows filled with wildflowers. Lady of the Lake Creek flows through the meadows and joins with the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone. The forested trail to the lake crosses Fisher Creek, passes several old log cabins, and enters the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. This is the beginning of the hike to Lower and Upper Aero Lakes."

"An easy day hike or overnighter to a gorgeous forested lake. Lady of the Lake is an ideal choice for an easy day hike or overnighter with small children. Besides being a short hike, watching the weather isn’t as critical as it is at the higher elevations.

After crossing Fisher Creek on a bridge, the trail goes by a small inholding with a cabin and then heads down a well-maintained, forest-lined trail to Lady of the Lake. The Forest Service sign says 1 mile to the lake, but it’s probably more like 1.5 miles. The trail breaks out of the trees into a large marshy meadow at the foot of the lake."

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3/31/2018
The hike was actually done in September of 2017, but the calendar above won't let me change to that date. This trail is a difficult to find - we had to rely on the directions of a local since nothing was marked. But once on the trail it was pleasant and except for the lone fisherman we found at the lake, we didn't see a single soul. The hike was relatively flat and not challenging. Well, not challenging until we got to the lake. When we got there, we decided to walk part way around it to eat our lunch on a group of rocks/boulders. The rocks were wet and my husband said to me "be careful" and you can just about guess what happened - I did slip and went into the water. Worse than the embarrassment of falling, was the fact that my day pack somehow got stuck between 2 rocks that were underwater, and I lay there unable to get up - flaying like an upturned turtle. My husband dragged me out, and knowing that I couldn't hike back soaking wet, I stripped and hung my clothes on sunny areas, wearing only my husband's rain jacket while we ate. We laughed all the way back to the car and he immediately violated my demand that he not tell anyone what happened. A very pleasant hike and funny story to remember.
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7/14/2001
This is a dry weather trail but we did it after a rain and came out following horse traffic. Very heavy clay soil in the Clay Butte area--dah! made the going very tough. My 2oth trip and the mud over a certain rock caused a knee injury which may not allow future trips but a beauty to be injured on. I got out 7 miles from Swede Lake by going around and over towards Lonesome Lake and Mountain. The Alpine scenery and travel was not difficult for a painful injury to a knee. Do it again. Good fishing too, especially at Martin and Swede.
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Trail Information

Cooke City
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
3
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
USGS Cooke City; RMS Cooke City-Cutoff Mountain; and at least 1 wilderness-wide map
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Oct 2018