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17 days ago

Followed the GPS route listed here. No falls, I think this trail is being confused with one down in the Bittterroot Valley with the same name. This trail leads you up a ridge for a ways with views of Lolo Peak. Some cool open views once you get to the top of the ridge.

Fairly easy out and back on a well worn trail until the scramble to the peak. People get lost coming off the peak in fog or snow so have a compass or know where your are when conditions are poor. Great views of the bitter roots, missions, Rattlesnake, missoula and mission valleys, and glacier and the cabinets to the north and northwest.

The hike to Blossom Lake is well worth the effort. This is certainly on my top 20 list of day hikes. The drive to the trail head is quite scenic. There is amply parking at the trail head to Blossom Lake. (Please note, it is the same parking for the trail head to Revett Lake) The trail to Blossom Lake is well defined and easy to follow. There are some fair inclines along the way, but I met an elderly lady on her way down, who had just finished the hike with two artificial knees. It is not a Sunday stroll in the park, but it is not an arduous trek either.


If you have already taken the effort to drive up to Thompson Pass, and hiked to Blossom Lake, muster up a bit more energy, and go further, to Upper Blossom Lake. It is smaller than Blossom Lake, but in my opinion, it is the lovelier of the two.


Alright, you have already committed yourself to Blossom Lake and Upper Blossom Lake. Are you SURE you aren't going to press on just a bit further to Pear Lake? On this fine day in November, I did just that, and found it a picture of stunning beauty, frozen over like some winter wonderland. Bring an extra snack and another bottle of water, and do all three lakes. It is well worth it!

Beautiful views, open and clearly marked trail. Snow for the last mile in...gorgeous hike.

on Welcome Creek Trail

1 month ago

it was a beautiful fall hike today it's actually about 3.3 miles into the falls..beautiful colors and trail was well maintained.

Have done this hike as a weekend backpacking trip every summer for the past 4 years. features great views and an amazing lake with stellar fishing!

Super easy access and great for a quick stop by the river with the kids after school!

1 month ago

It was a quick hike in with AMAZING views. Bring bug spray if you want to hang out around the lake.

beautiful hike on a fall day!!#

2 months ago

Beautiful fall colors and steep mountain cliffs. Far prettier than I expected.

I have skied at Lookout Ski Area, but never knew this place existed. I am so glad we discovered it.

We drove to the trailhead 267 because of time, and found one other truck there. You need 4WD and decent ground clearance to drive to this trailhead. Take the first gravel road as you start into the loop in the road and go past the ski lift. One other couple was there in their Subaru and wisely opted to hike in. My Nissan Armada had all the clearance we needed.

We went mid September and the streams were low enough to rock-hop over so we had no wet feet issues like others have posted. There were also no mosquitos at this time of year.

As others have mentioned, the trail is steep at times from this trail head to the lake. My app showed 826 feet of elevation gain over 1.5miles to the lower lake.

Lots of elk and deer scat but the only wildlife we saw was a wild turkey??

Keep to the right trail when you arrive at the lower lake to get to the upper lake a short distance away. I will go back with my kids on future hiking trips.

Awesome hike. Spring is the best time. less bugs and the falls are spectacular

Gradual incline, thick forest, viewpoints, and beautiful lake! Definitely a place I'd want to tent camp. We passed about 20 campers on the way back. Ages from 5 years to 70 years. A must do hike with family or solo!