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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.

the trail was great! the hike is more like 5 miles one way not 6 in and out. my pedometer listed it as 10.09 miles in and out. the lake was absolutely beautiful and well worth the hike in. there are 3 water crossings on the way up, but they are easy to get across!

hiking
3 days ago

This place is awesome! Great hike

hiking
3 days ago

Awesome view! Great hike for the family and dogs!

hiking
8 days ago

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

backpacking
11 days ago

Spent 4 days at Blue Lake. We backpacked in and spent a few nights and went on a couple nice day hikes to explore from there. It CAN be done as a day hike, to go up and then come right back, but I like how my friend put it, "Why would I wanna leave this?" It is a beautiful place to spend a few days. This was my very first backpacking trip ever, and it will definitely NOT be my last. We hiked around Blue Lake over to Thunder Lake and over to Thunder Rapids - VERY cool experience over there. Then we kinda strolled over to Granite Lake, but turned back as the weather was getting pretty hairy.

The one thing is to ignore the elevation indicators on the map...this was ALL uphill, with the second part after you cross the creek going into pretty strenuous hiking at times through several switch backs. Not too bad necessarily if you're just day hiking, but can be pretty intense if you've got 50+ lbs on your back.

We went during the middle of the week and came back Saturday morning, which I would say is perfect, as there were quite a few people that started coming up Friday night, and then a TON of people coming up Saturday. It's a very popular hiking area, which is good and bad depending on what you're wanting. Blue Lake is great to come up to if you're looking for a nice basecamp area to do other day hikes from. The primo spot is right in the middle of the peninsula where we set up out eating area.

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!!

nature trips
18 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!!

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike, moderate incline.

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
21 days ago

Amazing hike, my favorite one I’ve done all season. BUG SPRAY IS A MUST. Forgot it and was eaten alive!

The trail is very steep and very eroded due to 4 wheeler use. Beautiful views. I would rate this as difficult due to large amount of boulders and the very steep incline.

Great hike. Not to difficult at all, but only went to the lake. Extremely buggy- lots of mosquitoes. Wasn’t able to hammock sit at the top- I forgot big spray. Might have helped.

25 days ago

Not as much climbing as we anticipated. Saw handfuls of deer and weather. Jumped in the Lower Twin for a brisk refresher.

hiking
25 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.

hiking
26 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.

hiking
28 days ago

Great hike though rather strenuous in with elevation change. 7/22 bridge to Blue Lake is gone. We decided not to cross on a log and continued on to the first lake on the main trail. Bring bug spray as horse flys are hungry! Great Day! 8.8 miles round trip to the first of two lakes way up there.

Beautiful hike with about 80 or so switchbacks that is moderately shaded and has plenty of nice views. A few easy water crossings and a gorgeous view of the lake and cirque once you make it to the top. Take binoculars if you want to check out any wildlife across the lake up on the mountainside. We saw a beautiful bald eagle and a large mountain goat from a distance. Only saw one other person up at the lake, but otherwise had the entire place to ourselves (Thursday 7/19/18 mid morning-early afternoon) The last couple of miles to the trailhead are a pretty rough and rocky so a 4WD vehicle with good ground clearance is recommended but it may be doable with a 2WD when conditions are really good. Also be sure to pack the bug spray, those dang horse flies bite hard! Overall, one of our all-time favorite hikes!

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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!

Not as cool because even well trained dogs needed to remain on leash. Won’t return to this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike if you have time and energy! Getting to the lakes wasn't too hard, there are spots that can get tricky because the trail isn't marked too well. if you want to get to the top I would rate this as Hard. if you follow the right side past the first two lakes it will bring you close to a ridge line, you will have to be smart of how to get to it because there wasn't a trail. once on the ridge you will have to do some boldering for a good portion of the ridge. If you wanted to follow the lakes up then go through the pass you can, but make sure on the first to lakes to stay on the right side, the left side of those lakes are hard and steep! Going to the top will test you, but it is worth it!

As others said, pretty easy to stop and scratch your head deciding which way to go as there are many spots where the trail splits off two to three separate ways. Hard to tell with some of them if they are trails or areas that have been washed out. Seeing as it’s due to all the mining once done up here (a local we ran into gave us a quick history lesson along the way), we thought the many split off trails were pretty cool. We kind of just followed trails that looked like they’d lead to the top and made it in ~1.5 miles to the peak. Some steep parts but not anything too intense. Lots of fun history with all the little mines up here and a very close and fun hike!

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Tried hiking this on July 7. It looks like the bridge is washed out right as you leave the main trail to turn up to Blue Lake. I saw a few people on the other side, but I’m not sure where they crossed. The river was really high with the snow melting off. Still an awesome mountain range to visit even though I didn’t make it to Blue Lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, but be prepared to get a leg workout with the steep hike to the peak! Once you make it, the views are breathtaking! Also be prepared for all the rocks that might move when stepping in them, ankle high boats are recommend. also make sure you have a car with good clearance for the rough road up!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike. Views at the top are worth it. The road on the way in is really rough so be prepared. We did this hike on July 8th and there was still snow and ice on trail.

I would not recommend this trail until August. It was snow-packed with water running below us when we did this hike last July. The trail was hardly visible most of the time and there was water running beneath the snow which is dangerous. The view of the lake is gorgeous !

Always a good hike when in the bozeman area. Pretty short hike for the summit views that you are rewarded with ! There seems to be more and more people each time we go so it can be a fairly trafficked hike. A good chance of seeing mountain goats if you keep your eyes peeled!

hiking
1 month ago

I loved this hike when we went! Will most definitely be doing it again!

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