Leigh Lake

MODERATE 17 reviews
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Leigh Lake is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Libby, MT that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible from June until October.

2.7 miles 1298 feet Out & Back

hiking

trail running

lake

views

2 months ago

fishing
3 months ago

Great hike and well maintained trail

hiking
4 months ago

This trail was fairly strenuous despite the short distance. There appear to have been a few significant rock slides which made portions of the trail a bit treacherous and very difficult to follow, particularly on the return trip. The lake and waterfall were both spectacular and there are many berries in the area ripe for picking.

backpacking
4 months ago

Decent hike, not many campsites at the lake, pretty steep accent and trail finding made it more difficult.

backpacking
4 months ago

Great trip! Friendly mountain goats galore. Scramble up to the ridge on the north side for spectacular views.

5 months ago

Worth the steep hike. most beautiful Lake and waterfall I've ever seen!

birding
6 months ago

Amazing !!

hiking
6 months ago

This hike is really quite beautiful. We parked our car on the road a few miles down from the the trailhead, where the last turn is, because thats where the road started to look washed out. From there, we hiked a little under 2 miles to the trailhead to begin our hike. In hindsight, I wish we'd just risked driving to the trailhead because despite being of such short length, this hike is actually pretty strenuous. Its an almost constant steep uphill climb, with some sections in the latter half of the hike being so steep as to require using your hands as well to continue moving forward. We went on May 7th, and the lake and area immediately surrounding it still had a pretty thick layer of snow atop it. Personally, I felt the waterfall on the way up, shortly before the lake, was more worthy of the effort than the lake was. The hike was beautiful, and definitely worth trying, so long as you know the steep grade requires quite a bit slower pace than most of us probably usually hike with, and that being a short distance does not mean "it can't be that bad". Also be bear aware, as we came across bear scat right on the trail, and saw several bear tracks.

7 months ago

camping
8 months ago

Loved the trail!

geocaching
1 year ago

Beautiful

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Beautiful scenery and views, particularly at the top. Trail is rocky and straight up for most of its length.

camping
1 year ago

Nice hike. Saved us after we got snowed out elsewhere. Hiked up 19 May. Easy to find trailhead. Trailhead holds 6-7 cars before things get tight. Found trail dry all around and easy to follow as well - though goat trails can sometimes catch you not paying attention. Ice was still on the side of the lake in the shadow of Snowshoe Peak. Met a gentleman heading up that way to do some backcountry skiing as well (apparently there is access to Blackwell Glacier on other side of the ridge). Saw a few goats around the area. Some decent sized fish as well. Mosquitos weren't bad at all and even the horseflies were hardly noticeable yet. Lake is gorgeous and the area could provide nice day-hiking. Could see this being a popular hike come the heart of summer. Camping spots seem mostly reserved - though not totally limited to - area around where you first come into contact with the lake (past the thicket around the area where lake spills down into coulée you just hiked up). The distance is short and the climb is like the a lot around the Cabinet Range - quickly steep but with quick rewards. Stop by Cabinet Mountain Brewing in Libby on your way out.

hiking
1 year ago

This trail has a good incline making it moderate to difficult by my standards. There are a few places where the trail is a shale slide, if you don't cross at the falls. The pictures I added were taken in July of 2014 with ice still on the lake. The views and crystal clear cold water are amazing. It feels like more then 3 miles round trip.

2 years ago

camping
2 years ago

Beautiful lake in the heart of the Cabinet Wilderness. Hike starts in the forest then breaks out onto rocky ledges. As the trail approaches a small waterfall just before the lake, the trail splits left or right. The left fork crosses through the creek and is a bit of a muddy climb up to the lake level, but there are some cables to help. If you take the right fork in the trail it is steep up around rocks and fairly slippery. If you have a heavy backpack you might want to go left. I have done it both ways and left seems easier. The lake has limited access because of a rocky steep shoreline around 3/4 of it but the rock strata around the lake is amazing. Seems to get a lot of storms in this lake depression so have rain gear if you go. Mountain goats were grazing around tents one morning.