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A well populated trail. Despite the number of people who fill up the trail, the lake itself is huge, and there is opportunity to spread out a bit once you reach the lake. Nice spots to picnic or take a dip in the lake.

hiking
1 day ago

Mostly shaded, we went early in the day. Park at the overflow lot as neighbors seem strict about not parking on the road leading to trailhead. Lots of elevation gain pretty quickly and several switchbacks, worth it, but maybe not great for a group. Seemed popular with locals. Wonderful views at the top. bring lots of water.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike with nice views. Moderate incline that was not too strenuous.

Pretty trail. I am looking forward to making it out here this fall as I noticed some aspen trees! I am certain this trail will be a frequent for me, and next time would like to take it to the College M!

Very nice trail! I summitted Saddle Peak from this, which I would highly recommend. The trail never really ends and continues to Saddle Peak, so those who don't want to summit will have to find their own spot to turn around.

Magic trail, definitely moderate and perfect start to hiking in Bozeman.

Nice moderate hike to chilly lake. Two 60+ hikers and we made it up and back in just over 2 hours hike time. Would recommend. Just over 5 miles out and back.

This is a hard hike despite how short it seems! The dirt road from the highway to the trailhead will take you about 40 mins even though it's only 7 miles! We only saw a few mountain goats, but the views were spectacular! It's a hike that makes you feel on top of the world with 360 degree views of the valley! We took it slow and it took us 4 hours. It seems like it would be very hot but the wind was blowing pretty consistently and kept us very cool, even though we were in the sun almost the whole hike. Be wary of all of the rocks and slipping. There was definitely a few moments I had to get on all fours or slide down on my butt. This is an amazing hike though and I would highly recommend it!!

Very nice hike through the forest up to the lake. The path is pretty rocky so be prepared with some hiking shoes. Would recommend getting to the trail head before 8am. Not too many views on the way up, but the lake and the peaks at the top are worth it!

Absolutely gorgeous! Will do it again soon.

nature trips
12 days ago

The road to the trailhead is nearly impassable with a low-riding sedan. The hike starts through the trees, opens up into a valley of switchbacks, goes over the pass, and around up to the summit. The elevation change is not for the faint-hearted. We're not hardcore but we were able to do it. It's pretty steep after rounding the pass. As of July 17, 2018, still some snow pack atop the valley just before cresting the pass. We saw 7+ Mountain Goats, including the acclaimed resident who hangs around the summit and has probably been fed by people. The views were incredible and totally worth it. I would classify it as difficult rather than moderate per the ft/mile elevation gain. Excellent hike if you can negotiate the road to the trailhead!!

Awesome perspective of the Bridgers. While this trail can certainly fill up, it is so nice to see the variety of people who come to climb Sacajawea. This is a fun hike but certainly not for the faint of heart when it comes to heights and a steep climb on several switchbacks. It is a good workout and you certainly have your work cut out for you simply getting to the trail head on the rough road up to Fairy Lake.

We did this after another relatively strenuous hike, so it took a bit longer than expected. The scenery on the way up (and down) isn’t anything remarkable, but the view at the top is totally worth it. This ended up being my favorite hike that we did in Big Sky!

loved it!!

Hiked up with my son and wife today. Found it to be a challenge for our group, and could tell that others were having a tough time on the final 1/4 of the trail at the top. Rocky and steep at parts, and fairly populated. The lake at the top makes it all worth it. This was our favorite trail for our week in Big Sky.

hiking
19 days ago

good hike that offers great views of the bridges and a handful of other mountain ranges. great way place to hike and then jump in the lake to cool off.

Be sure to take a dip in the cool lake to cool off on a hot day. I carried my 4.5 year old in on a backpack carrier and the dip felt great!

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike. Things you need to know: 1) It takes about 1 1/2 hrs to drive from downtown Bozeman to the trailhead because of road construction around Bridger Bowl and the rough road. 2) I would easily choose our Tundra over our Rav4 because of that road, but we did see a couple of minivans that made it. Drive carefully. 3) Have a leash for your dog as the rock chucks at the saddle and mountain goats (we saw 7) near the peak are a distraction and come rather close. 4) The switchback trail up to the saddle is a bit tricky and seems to disappear in a couple of places. I had to go down on all fours and grab rocks to continue upward. Keep your eyes on where you want to go. 5) We hit the trailhead around 9:00 and saw about ten people on the way up and had the peak to ourselves. We saw about 50 people on our way down. This was a Tuesday in July. 6) The flies around Fairy Lake are pretty bad. 7) There's a bit of cell reception early in the hike, and between the saddle and peak. 8) Pack a lot of water. I drank 2 L and my 50 lb dog drank about 1L. 9) Bring a long sleeved shirt. The wind will blow on top. But the views are amazing!!! 10) I know some reviewers recommend walking sticks. I prefer not to use them. Personal preference. You should be fine without them if you don't have any.

trail running
22 days ago

Pretty sweet trail that has a lot of elevation gain in a short amount of time. Views are very nice further up the trail. Went on 22nd of July 2018 around 10 AM and had a close encounter with a mountain lion towards the high point. There were lots of people there so I felt relatively safe, but I had to scare the lion away and had my bear spray at the ready. Remember, no matter how busy a trail is, there is still a chance of running into dangerous animals so always be ready.

hiking
27 days ago

Walked this trail yesterday to the summit. Beautiful views and we saw a goat that was very interested in us also! I feel that this trail is pretty steep with lots of rock so I was glad I brought my walking poles. Getting to the top was so worth it!

hiking
27 days ago

It was incredible. My 8 year old son was able to do it with me. We got rained on at the top but came back to a stunning rainbow!

1.5 hours to a beautiful lake with minimal breaks. Pretty "buggy" at the lake and in spots on the trail. Mostly gradual elevation climb from beginning to end. Good workout!

hiking
28 days ago

An hour up to the first overlook (meadow) with beautiful flowers and a great view of the valley. Lots of bugs near the bottom of the trail. Didn't proceed past the first overlook but a nice 2-hour RT workout.

Did this hike Friday (7/13/18) later in the afternoon as a large two family group (8 yoa to 51 yoa). It was warmer and we wished we had brought more water on the trail as most of the trail is rolling and climbing through the forest with not much wind moving.

The lake was beautiful and provided some cool relief. My brother in law who does triathlons (competed in Kona) brought his wetsuit and swam the lake. Another check box filled in his bucket list.

Serene trail ending in a beautiful lake. The lake is wonderful to swim in during the summer.

We did see a grizzly bear within 10 feet when we turned a corner. It quickly ran away. We also heard from hikers heading down that they had seen a mountain lion around the same location as the bear (~.6 miles in).

Be aware, carry bear spray, don’t hike alone, and be careful if you bring your dog!

hiking
1 month ago

The hike is beautiful with the first part of it being in the trees and then it opening up to beautiful views! There was still snow pack and some run off.
Downside was the road going up. It’s a terrible 6 miles. If you have a mountain bike or 2 wheeled vehicle it would be a little better but it’s not for beginners.

steady hike up with a couple water crossings. 2 bridges, 1 Rock hop, 1 log walk. gorgeous lake Worth taking a swim in with the jumping fish.

hiking
1 month ago

There is a nice mix of easy and challenging sections on this trail. The views were spectacular and the flowers were gorgeous. The flies were pretty bad, but the mosquitos weren’t. We hiked 6.5 miles (all the way up) in just under 3 hours. It’s a great workout.

Great hike. Up, up, up all the way for a brilliant lake view!

hiking
1 month ago

Not a bad hike, but the trail itself is also used by ATVs (though I didn’t see any while I hiked it). It will end up taking you back to a beautiful lake! The trail runs through thick woods the whole way and there is a creek that parallels most of it. This is a very gradual hike that could make for an easy backpacking trip or day hike. There are a TON of mosquitos, so bring plenty of bug spray!

If you’d like to avoid ATV and motorcycle traffic and take a single-track trail in, go up New World Gulch and cut east once you reach the intersection with the overgrown forest service road. You’ll reach this intersection after crossing the east side of Mystic Lake. This’ll also add a few more miles to the trip.

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