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Pretty great hike! My 9 year old daughter hiked this trail with me. I was surprised considering the grade and 7.1 mile out and back! This is a beautiful hike with a pretty little lake at the top! Bring bear spray. Wear layers and have a water pack if you’re going in the warm weather and of course, snacks. You’ll want to hang out at the top for a while and enjoy the view! Wild flowers galore. Very pretty hike!

20 days ago

Steady, moderate-to-severe incline all the way to the top! Great views once you reach the ridgeline. Crampons or piercing snowshoes are required to summit Baldy this time of year (March). Good luck!

1 month ago

It is eight miles! Not 7.5 lol. It was just absolutely breathe taking. We went in October so we didn't have as many access to the lake as we wanted.

BEAUTIFUL

1 month ago

Beautiful area, we went to the area to summit Crazy Peak and camp near the lake!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this a long time ago, in August 2000. I had to stop to rest a little after the switchbacks, but the view of the Bridger Range and Bozeman in the distance was so so beautiful and worth every drop of sweat. Saw Rocky Mountain Goats at the summit, just below me. Grizzly ran in front of my car as I was leaving the parking area.

Really long and tough. We were in good shape with two collegiate track athletes and it took us 10 hours. The rim is actually a bunch of up and downs with the final push going up 700’ at 30• and there is still 8 or 9 miles to go after that. Bring lots of water. There is none at the top. Views are beautiful. No wildlife.

trail running
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

On 24 Nov road conditions to access trailhead were treacherous with snow & ice. Even with four wheel drive we turned around after 2 miles. I did the hike in August and it's fantastic - highly recommend. But this time of year access is difficult.

First off, I’m going to start by saying that the way to Sacajawea Peak also leads you to Fairy Lake. So you can see and do both, or you could even combine the two trails into one super long one.

Second, this trail is super fun! But let me just put this out there, I’m super fit, going hiking often, and boy!! It was some work to get up to the top. I have a bad right knee, and was really feeling it once I was almost to the top, as the trail is super steep.

Thirdly, I would definitely recommend this to anyone if you love hiking! The views are amazing!

camping
5 months ago

Did this trail in late October to go hunting. Lots of elevation gain, but the views are worth it. I don’t expect this trail gets much traffic. Not suitable for anything other than hiking once you get up high. I wouldn’t trust my dog around lots of this terrain.

on Spanish Peaks

backpacking
5 months ago

Hike is easy for the first 3-4 miles and quite strenuous for the remaining few. Rocky, steep sections prove difficult, but the high mountain terrain, striking views, and fly fishing make the trip more than worth it.

We did this trail years ago absolutely beautiful! Saw a mother moose and her calf

Best hike I've done to date. Not an easy one but worth it once you get to the top and your the only one up there. Above average hiking boots recommended. When the sun goes down, it's gets pretty cold up there!

backpacking
6 months ago

Lake is frozen over as of 10/15/17. Road up to lake is nice however you need 4wd in some spots and there are no signs until you're right at the spot to park at the top of the mountain.

6 months ago

10 years since my last trip to Bozeman, MT. This trail is just as I remember. Excellent climb with the chance to see some goats (summer). I would highly recommend.

6 months ago

12+ miles, not 11.4. But absolutely gorgeous! ! I will do this,again for sure.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice snowy hike. Enjoy the solitude after the falls. The temperature swing over the last ridge during a snow storm can be quite drastic.

Trail from Lava Lake to first ridge was very easy to find, but snow (3-10 inches) obscured the trail after 8,000 feet (10/1/17)

hiking
6 months ago

The views are amazing and very little traffic. Definitely worth it.

6 months ago

Little aggressive with the snow but amazing view from the top

hiking
6 months ago

Favorite hike in Montana. The lake is a true treasure at the end. Felt like Scotland.

hiking
6 months ago

We hiked just the first bit of this trail on Sept 16, 2017 primarily to see the waterfalls. The last 2 miles of road to the campground were very rough. The weather changed from sun to cold wind and light rain and back to sun in just a couple of hours, but we enjoyed the short hike and the waterfall is pretty and easy to access. There is a lot of rocky area around to get different views of the falls. Although it looked like great bear habitat, we did not see any animals except a few intrepid chipmunks. The views of the Crazies from the canyon road and all the way to the campground were spectacular, especially with the frosting of snow.

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing trail, unfortunately it's very popular and lots of traffic but we have been able to see mountain goats each time, up close and personal as well. worth the difficulty!

hiking
7 months ago

Trail disappeared in the snow and mass of fallen trees near the top when I tried last October. Turned back without ever seeing the lakes but the hike was beautiful anyway. Trail split a few times with no markings. Lower part of the trail was clear. Be aware that weather at the trailhead and weather at the top can be very different.

7 months ago

Very steep, but well worth it.

hiking
7 months ago

This trail was way more difficult that we expected it to be. We plenned to do 3 hikes the day we did this one and luckily completed Beehive Basin first! My friend and I are in good shape but it kicked our butts. There's a good mix of wide open spaces, rocky inclines, and wooded trail. We saw a moose within the first minute of hiking here. The rest of the trail was very peaceful, we had it to ourselves almost the entire time.

hiking
7 months ago

Definitely one of the best hikes I've done, with some incredible views throughout - with the very best being the lake! I would love to do this again as a backpacking trip, it would be awesome to have stayed at the lake longer than we did!

Difficult indeed. No water on the way. Bring plenty. Hiked on the 4th of July in 90 degrees.

We saw a momma and 2 cub black bears one mile from the TH. Great views the whole way, and the trail is in very good shape. A couple of fish jumped in the lake.

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