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Cute underrated spring. Very easy hike and just a little ways down a very well maintained dirt road. You park along a fence on the far end of the campground a cross a little log bridge to the trailhead.

7 months ago

This is an easy to moderate hike with a well maintained trail. We hiked to the lake three days ago. I would suggest taking some type of grippers for your boots, as parts of the trail are snow packed and icy.

9 months ago

Awesome hike. Took Moose Tracks to Bone Crusher then up. Bone Crusher ended but it's pretty obvious where to continue. Up to the tram station. There's been brutal fire around lately so because of smoke, I hitched a ride back with the tram (as seen on the route), then hiked the South Service Rd to the base for the sake of time. Do not do this if you're afraid of heights, have vertigo, or dislike shear drop offs on both sides of a fairly narrow trail. Coming down would have been brutal if not for the tram.

10 months ago

Good hike. A little scrambling involved for 75 yds on ridge and towards the top due to steepness. Great views. Not recommended for dogs.

11 months ago

Some amazing views from the top!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

As if today on June 3rd, last 500 meters to the lake is covered with 3-4 foot high of snow. The trail to the lake is covered by snow completely, so I had to use my compass to navigate through the snow to get to the lake. It was hell but it was beautiful, nevertheless!

Be prepared to get your shoes wet and feet cold in the last 30 minutes of the hike. I would recommend doing it when snow disappears.

All in all, the climb was pretty easy and steady. I would hike the trail again in the future, especially when snow isn't there!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

It was a nice hike up to the lake. It had snowed the night before the hike (9/5/16) and created a very nice scene.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Fantastic trail. Great views. We went in mid Oct, a little snow, but not bad.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Trail to the top is actually only 7 miles out and back. There are some other paths once you reach the mountain lake, but that is where the main trail ends.

Hiked it in the middle of October with no problems. A dusting of snow here and there, but nothing to slow you down. View at the top is totally worth it. Saw plenty of bear droppings so make sure to hike with bear spray at least.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Nice consistent grade climb from trailhead.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Hiked in for a night with my little sister last week, and had a great time. Fish were jumping like crazy when we arrived, unfortunately the wind picked up shortly after and made fly fishing difficult at best. Lake was beautiful and the hike was easy.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Very fun hike! Did it last weekend (6/4/16) and towards the top had to make through deep snow in some parts. Mildly inconvenient (just bring extra socks!) but still fun! The lake was absolutely beautiful. Couldn't make it to the plane wreckage due to snow, but will definitely do this hike again! In my opinion it was the perfect length for a day hike. Not overly long but you definitely feel like you worked for the awesome views!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

We did this last summer. picked wild raspberries, saw the plane wreckage, and found a geocache! Beautiful area.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

we had a blast hiking this today. we saw the plane crash and had a great lunch at the lake. We are not in shape but made it there and back in about 5 hours.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

This was such a wonderful hike. Backpacked into the lake and stayed the night on 8/11, and loved it. The hike is rated at moderate, but I'd say the first 2.5 miles are easy, and the last 1.5 miles is easy with moderate sections. The lake itself is beautiful, and has a great population of brook trout that will bite any lure that provides action. I noticed they will not bite anything sitting idle though, so cast and reel, cast and reel. If you plan on camping, hit the far end of the left side of the lake, there is an excellent large camp spot with fire ring thats tucked into a nice copse of pines. This camp spot is also only a few hundred yards from the open grassy area that has the remnants of the 1959 plane crash, which is worth checking out. Definitely a hike I intend to do again, and would be the hike I chose if I was introducing a friend to backpacking, as the easy hike, great scenery, and great fishing make it a perfect introductory backpacking trip.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Great day hike or overnight stay, beware of creek crossing right at trailhead, steady climb to lakes and very well defined trail. Would rate this trail as moderate in difficulty. Nice views and great fishing. Currently road is open for motorcycles, mountain bikes, or hiking!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Fun, kinda long, some steep parts, but great! It wasn't too hard, though, because my great grandma and little sister both made it up. Once we got to the lake, we fished, ate lunch, and had a good time. There are fire rings on the eastern side of the lake, inside the trees. It would be fun to backpack up there with a tent and stay overnight. There is actually some really cool WW2 plane wreckage outside the lake that was fun to look at.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

This hot springs is back by Potosi campground. I hiked the trail at midnight a few days ago (end of May). The trail was easy to follow and pretty easy, I'm sure very easy in the daylight. It was amazing at night. We had the spring to ourselves and sat in the dark with a crystal clear night sky. Amazing star gazing opportunity. If you don't have a vehicle with access to cross the creek, you'll have to walk across. We did this late at night and it was pretty cold, but manageable. Be careful! Also, you are in MT, bring some bear spray.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Trail goes by hot pots on the way to a reservoir accessible by 4wheeler

Friday, July 13, 2012

Visited July 10th 2012. Easily accessible...right off the highway. The lack of privacy and the work that needs to go into getting the right temp is the only reason I gave it a 4 instead of 5. Though it's off the road you can't spot it unless you got out of the car and looked over the bank to the river. Once you get there it's up to you to set your temp! Bring 5 gallon buckets...or anything to filter out the hot water from the tub and refill with it with cold river water....especially in the hot summer months or else you'll boil yourself alive. The natural springs is hoooooooooooot!!!!! Fits 2-4 comfortably. But chances are if anyone sees a car parked they'll leave you to your peace. That is if you're a decent human being and all. Also, speaking of decent.... Plop the spring run off pipe back into the tub when you're finished. The next person may have to prepare their water just like you did but they should be prepared for that.... Who wants to sit in someone else's funky left over water anyways? Ps....for a hot summer day I found that equal portion hot spring and river water feels best. Don't forget the buckets....or else you'll end up like us scooping it out little by little with camping pots like us!!!

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