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The hike itself is super mellow and family friendly. HIGHLY recommend the nearby campground. Wrote up a post on Holland Lake with pics if anyone is interested: https://practicalvagabonds.com/holland-lake-montana/

Hiked this little trail on our way out from west glacier to the great falls airport and it was AMAZING! Easy and well marked trail, gorgeous all the way along the lake, mostly shaded, and a treat of a waterfall at the end! Awesome highly recommended.

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1 month ago

Great waterfall and good distance for an easy day hike.

This was a fun hike along the lake. I would rate this as Moderate, due to the rocky incline towards the end of the hike.

1 month ago

Reaching the waterfall, you will also get a nive view over Holland Lake.

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1 month ago

Amazing hike! Also swam in the lake, which was a great temperature in September. Easy out and back and great views!

Beautiful views.

Beautiful trail...amazing wildflowers and some amazing views.

Great hike! Wonderful scenery. Waterfall is beautiful and you are pretty much along the creek the whole time and you can hear the water. Beautiful!

Pretty awesome trail, and length was about perfect for toddler and baby in backpack with a dog... beautiful views and waterfall was very refreshing and beautiful. Only downside was ton of mosquitos everywhere!

What a beautiful hike! Be careful to pay attention to where to get back on the trail head if you traverse up the rocks to the summit. We had a few panic moments trying to find the trail head out after we came down off that gorgeous peak. There were not a lot of cairin's built ... maybe build a few on your way up through the rocks and closer to the trail head especially.

Super simple hike, usually quite busy. as in you'll see at least a dozen people on the weekend or more.

I highly recommend you stay the night or a few nights at least make it to Birch or some other lakes.
If you're really gutsy, hit Big Hawk Lake.

Crater Lake is a good lake as well. Very beautiful.

3 MILES AND 1200 FEET IS OLY HALF THE TRAIL. You have to start at the Camp Misery trailhead and then hike in about 1.5 miles to the start of trail 717. The total hike gains about 1800 feet and is out and back, making it a little over 6 miles total.

It’s my favorite hike in the valley. I always see mountain goats and you can see glacier and the entirety of Flathead Lake from the top! Definitely must do. It can be busy but it’s great especially if you’re looking to get away from glacier sized crowds.

If you search for the Mount Aeneas Summit trail here on AllTrails, you’ll find the full trail map and reviews for this hike.

Beautiful view, trail is well maintained.

Great hike !! Easy hike with elevation change to help keep the cardio up! Beautiful day and views of Holland Lake as well as the waterfall.

Bonus:
Brown bear watch in affect.
Odd Yoga gal posing for photos #go back to California
Nice pool at base of the waterfall

We enjoyed ourselves and were able to get out of the smoke from left coast fires.

Great trail! Did the 717 to the peak and back down the other side to make the loop by picnic lakes. As others mentioned, the map here and the trail data are wrong. More like 1900’ of elevation and the loop was closer to 7 miles. Make sure to take pic of trail map at trailhead.

Also, do not be afraid of the road going up. Not sure why people mentioned it being difficult. It’s just a basic gravel road, some washboard, and it has a couple of narrow spots, but nothing bad. Small cars can make it fine.
Look for goats !

Loved this hike, beautiful wild flowers. Hike to twin lakes was beautiful as well.

Great hike, been a couple of times and will probably return.

loved it! we have a 1 year old and 3 year old and our 3 year old did great! pretty easy hike for most of the way until 0.5 mile before reaching the falls is a little climb but boy .. so worth it. So beautiful up top!! I highly recommend it!

Amazing but hard hike, definitely a work out!

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2 months ago

Here's the deal. The smoke from fires hasn't been great, but the views and hike to Upper Holland lake are still worth the trek. After spending 4 days up in the area this last weekend, the 7 miles in and 2200ft elevation gain make for a solid 14mi round trip trek if you're looking for a full day. In the event you're bring gear to camp, there are plenty of solid options around the lake ( i recommend going to the east side) to have the best tree cover in the event of a rogue storm. Otherwise, just get out and enjoy it!

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2 months ago

This place is beautiful! Seems like a hidden treasure. The lake is stunning, blue, clear water. Then there is a great hike to the waterfall (Holland Falls) - it's a bit uphill, but the views are worth it. Bring bug spray as the mosquitoes come out in the evening, but are not too bad. Highly recommend.

This is another misleading AllTrails intro. It says 6.6 miles out and back, but has a photo of the reservoir... if you want to go part way up and turn back I guess it could be 6.6 miles... but if you want to go all the way up to the reservoir, here’s what we found:
The dam is about 9 miles up, and the last mile is tough. We nicknamed the last bit “the Hellish Steps to Pompeii” because after 8.5 miles, ~15” backcountry “stairs” are quite trying (if not for you, you have my praise!). Campsites are further. We found ours at 10.7 miles.
The reservoir is breathtaking. The water is just pristine.
TOO MANY PEOPLE. And I wouldn’t mind that: I WANT people to enjoy the wilderness! But honestly, the amount of dirty toilet paper we came across was despicable. Please, people, if you go backpacking, PLEASE LEARN HOW TO PROPERLY POOP IN THE WOODS.
Thank you.

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2 months ago

My very first hike-and my favorite. I live in OH & I had to change my breathing yet the trail itself was moderate, the elevation was what I needed to adjust too.
We brought wood for the watch tower. The man that was there when we visited was great (7/29/18). Very knowledgeable and told some great stories. So worth the hike. Temps did change, 90’s at the base and low 60’s at the watchtower. Views from the top are unbelievable-a must do!

Cool and easy trail

Amazing trails 717 and 8. Both breadth-taking experiences!! Had the best time taking 8 to Twin Lakes where i has lake to myself to camp and and was entertained all night by a momma goat and her baby. It was the best experience I had in Jewel Basin.

NOTE: be aware that road leading to Camp Misery TH is a significant challenge if you’re easily unnerved by very narrow, switch-back, dirt roads with much washboard effect and some drop-offs as you climb/descend. Narrow means 2-car width in some places but many others only 1.5 to 1 car width.

Awesome views from the top. God is amazing. Bring lots of water to keep your hammies hydrated though, as this climb will work them.

3.7 miles, 2 hrs 26 min to the top. Difficult but doable! Rough road to the trailhead, was glad to be in a truck rather than a sedan. Gorgeous views in all directions! Very rewarding.

Gorgeous short hike. Went midday, it was hot and hazy, but no mosquitos today! Our dogs loved the easy access to the lake at multiple points along the way to the falls.

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