Saint Mary, MT
A day hike or short backpack from Rising Sun Motor Lodge to Otokomi Lake. This trail passes up Rose Creek along the Lewis thrust fault to a low-elevation cirque lake among blocky, reddish mountains. The trail begins in the wooded St. Mary Valley, and climbs around a hillside to the west to enter the Rose Creek drainage. After hiking along the forested creek valley for 2.5 miles past pools and small waterfalls, you climb onto an open rockslide area from which Goat Mountain is clearly visible across the lake. Just before reaching the lake, the trail passes Otokomi Campground, located to the left of the trail. The trail bends around to the south-west before arriving at the outlet to Otokomi Lake. The lake covers the floor of the Rose Basin, named for the ruddy argillite cliffs surrounding the cirque.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Saint Mary|
|Elevation Gain||1,882 ft|
|Trailhead Elevation||4,700 ft|
|Top Elevation||6,125 ft|
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