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hiking
3 days ago

Bring a fly rod for graylings.

hiking
4 days ago

I made it to the trailhead in a full-size sedan (Kia) without 4wd. The road is very rocky but I got there driving less than 5mph while using the entire road to maneuver around rocks and ditches. The trail to the lake is a pretty gradual climb, but the trail to the good lakes is very steep and poorly marked. It is worth the effort to get to them, but make sure that you pay attention to the trail you took.
This trail is pretty secluded so also make sure that you bring everything you may need in case of an emergency, namely a camera :)

Great hike and beautiful hidden lakes, very tranquil Road is rough getting up to the trailhead, recommend a 4x4 or rental car.

mountain biking
15 days ago

Too much climbing for too little downhill. Took me about 1.5 hours to ride up and 15 min down. Not worth it if you're looking for true downhill/Enduro style riding without a modestly steep XC climb. Would rather pay $40 and ride Big Sky.

This trail was a good half day trip! It was a truly magical place! There are a number of lakes up there and they are all connected! There are also some great vantage points on the way up

Gorgeous hike! Was pleasantly challenging - completed in about 2 hours on foot. Up and down (but mostly up) with lots of pretty views of both snowy mountains and the city of Bozeman.

hiking
19 days ago

Amazing views from the top!! The reviews are right about the road to the trailhead, a larger vehicle is needed. It was pretty windy up at the top so I was happy that I brought an extra layer. Planning on doing the whole ridge of the Bridgers soon!

Nice hike. Continue on a bit further on to Heather Lake via the trail that leads right of Emerald Lake once you reach the lake. It's a bit more private and quiet for this trail which gets a ton of multi-use traffick.

WARNING THE ROAD IS TERRIABLE TO GET THERE. takes about 40 minutes to go 7 miles. I recommend an all wheel drive or truck. I camped at the campground then departed in darkness. I had 3.03 miles one way to the top. well worth it was an amazing view. I highly recomend it.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Road is pretty rough-and as of August 11th the lake is dried up

hiking
1 month ago

Take the road until it dead ends at the last trail head. Note the trail head marker might be miss marked. It mentions trail 531 seasonal usage when in fact it’s trail 432 (I think). I started at noon and a good spray of bug repellent and had no problems. Pretty wide path and perfect gentle slope all the way up. I did a slow jog for most of it, really great trail running path, Up and down. Loaded with wildflowers. Passed plenty of happy friendly ppl. The lake is at the top of a wide open meadow. Crystal-clear waters. Me and the dogs are in good shape and even with our jogging and lots of picture time and playing in the water we made it up in 2 1/2 hours. And down in 1 1/2. Total 4 hr trip. Tank top, shorts, and Obozo low hikers. Nice to have a light zippy up top. Peace love and happiness to your hike!

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!!

Epic wild flower hike - beautiful.

backpacking
1 month ago

Fantastic and interesting trail, and a beautiful destination- worth the extra mile to get to Heather Lake. Terribly buggy, bring multiple bug sprays if you plan on staying more than an hour or two.

Very beautiful hike to the lake. The hike is quite tough with the long uphill way (7,5K) but worth to do it. We had no problems with mosquitoes...

1 month ago

Mountain biked this one. The climb is worth the views and downhill adventure. Great trail. Drink lots of water; it's up hill most of the way.

nature trips
1 month 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!!

hiking
1 month ago

wow!!! The views were absolutely astounding. Wildflowers everywhere. I started early in the morning, which meant it was nice and shady on the trail, there weren’t too many other hikers/bikers, and the bugs weren’t as bad. Make sure to bring some solid hiking boots — I wore my running shoes and they did not fare well. The trail is very rocky throughout and dusty toward the top. Also beware of grizzly bears and their droppings. Keep bear spray with you just in case (I didn’t see any, but better safe than sorry), and watch out for the droppings along the trail. The lake was beautiful as well — you can walk all around it and there are plenty of little shady spots to eat lunch or dip your feet. Also make sure to veer off the small paths toward the stream every once in a while, there is a waterfall, some cascades, and there are wildflowers all along the creek bed. Overall, a really lovely outing!

1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Three lakes in less than 5mi RT? Perfect! The upper hidden lake still had some snow and the hike was beautiful. A little steep on your way to the upper lake.

1 month ago

Great place and few people. The first part of the hike is on a wide trail but up on top of a level area is a potentially confusing intersection with an arrow indicating the trail straight ahead but go right instead. There is a hard-to-see sign that says Hidden Lakes nailed to a tree. From here the trail heads down and then up to small Lily Lake. Look for the faint and narrow trail heading steeply uphill on the northwest corner of the camping area to reach Lower and Upper Hidden Lakes. Usually snow even in July and good fishing for Golden Trout.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Mostly in the shade which is awesome! The bugs are pretty bad, bring bug spray. The wildflowers are amazing though! Climb is gradual, but it mostly follows the river which has some pretty cool cascades and waterfalls. I'm not in the best shape, but with a tired dog it only took us 5 hours. Would definitely recommend!

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiked this trail over the weekend. would be fantastic for mountain biking. good climbing for a rewarding descent.

camping
2 months ago

As other reviewers have stated, this is a gradual steady climb to the top (meaning completely downhill on the way out). The trail was moderately crowded with hikers and dogs. The bugs were insane--flies and mosquitos all over the shore of Emerald Lake. Fishing was great, lots of grayling and cutthroat. We camped near the lake and were disappointed to have multiple groups walk through our camp between 8 and 9 PM. There were probably close to 10 different groups camping that night (Saturday 7/14) and one camp stayed up drinking and yelling until after midnight. The only plus to that was that because I was awake, I left the tent to use the bathroom and caught an amazing star show around 1 AM. Would not camp here again, but I would likely hike the trail up and back for some good exercise.

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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!

Beautiful views! Definitely more of a mountain biking trail, especially on the downward part of the loop. You’ll need a vehicle with a high clearance/AWD to get to the trailhead though! The road is incredibly bumpy and we got stuck.

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