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Beautiful hike up to the falls

Did this yesterday. Great hike even in the rain. Rated difficult at the location so be aware this is more than a moderate hike if you’re not in shape. Steady elevation going up and a bit hard on the joints on the way down, but better than taking the faster route down, which is very steep. Great views and the restaurant at the top is a nice stop to refuel before hiking back down.

Did this hike today. Nice trail with great views. Close to the top we ran into a lot of packed snow/slush/mud, but fine as long as you’ve got hiking shoes/boots. Lots of other hikers. No bear signs. Restaurant at the summit smelled delicious. You can take a faster route down which we did but it was pretty steep...our friend slipped and fell 4 times just due to the rocky/steep terrain. Going down the way we came up would have been easier on our knees and easier on our friend...

Not muddy or overgrown. Nice trail, lots of switchbacks. I needed to catch my breath a few times but the grade is not so steep that it hurts your knees coming down like some of the steeper trails. There was still quite a bit of snow around the lake. Not the prettiest lake but it was a great cardio session going up. No signs of bears. Saw several groups and families. Parking was a little crowded. Trail is mostly shaded. 2.5 miles uphill then a pretty much level last half mile to the lake once all the switchbacks are done.

Beautiful breathtaking views of Flathead valley and Hungry Horse Reservoir

Is there parking at the trailhead?

It was a nice trail. Beautiful views. But when we got close to the lake, I was far away from my husband, and then I hear my husband yelling for me "are you coming?". After that, I hear the bushes moving and a trampling noise through the bushes ahead of me. I saw my husband down the hill making rustling noises too. I realized that I heard a huffing of a bear. I did not see the bear. But it came down to the trail between my husband and I. I made sudden advances towards him. That is when my man headed down off the trail into the brush to get some distance from the bear. It was scared, this is the first time my hubby has an encounter like this. We are blesssed to be alive. He was too close to that bear. I love him so much and I want to be with my hubby for a long time.

We went a few days ago and we found it to be an enjoyable hike. Decent cardio workout. We didn’t see anyone the entire time which made us nervous about bears but we didn’t see any bear sign at all. Parts of trail were a little muddy and once we were close to the lake we were on deep packed snow. The lake was mostly frozen still. It was all uphill but not super steep. Our small dog made it no problem. The only animals we saw were chipmunks and a huge garter snake. The lake/views were pretty. There are absolutely no signs to help you find the trailhead. If you go over the bridge you’ve gone too far; the trail head is up on the right side of the road just before the bridge.

Wonderful trail! Great vistas of Flathead Lake! Hit the brewery
below!

17 days ago

the trail is pretty enough but no amazing views, the lake is very pretty with a nice beach area. water wasn't too cold. saw some fresh bear scat on the trail by the lake and talked to some hikers who had seen a bear earlier in the day. the dog really liked it. bring some insect repellant, the mosquitos are insane.

hiking
22 days ago

I’ve done this trail multiple times and it’s beautiful.

One of my favorite trails. Switchbacks are challenging but the views are worth it. Tried to hike it today but the top had too much snow to get all the way in.

you gain a lot of elevation... then drop low again. For a backcountry skiier its always a loss when u lose elevation and have to climb and gain it back. but the veiws of the valley are hard to beat!

Great trail if you are looking for a challenge!

Did it with my dog this morning, still some snow and was definitely worried about waking any bears up from their winter slumber but we didn’t see any. Gets a little chilly but if you’re moving at a good pace you won’t feel it. Views are really nice; the flowers aren’t out yet and the markers are mostly down but it’s pretty hard to lose track of the trail - sometimes you can interchange it with the access road but it was very enjoyable. My dog could have done it 4x! But not me

hiking
1 month ago

Good day hike to do with the dog. First mile was rough but it was easy after that initial incline. Lots of fallen trees to crawl under, and the water was really high so there were limited spaces to sit by the water.

hiking
1 month ago

difficult to find, dont follow the map link because that takes you to private property on the golf course. take the "getting there" instructions and you will find it.
nice trail once you find it.

on Cedar Flats Loop

1 month ago

entrance inside private property

1 month ago

trailhead inside bridge construction done

Beautiful views for a quick out and back trip. Easy enough for a season starter to get you back into hiking.

hiking
1 month ago

The snow is about 3- 4' deep at this time. A friend and I snowshoed up with my two Labs. The lake is still frozen. The first part of the trail is a steep uphill grind but it levels off, sidehills for a distance and then drops into the lake. Nice hike. Its about two and a half mile round trip according to the Hiking guide of Montana which I would agree with. Great Northern and Grant Ridge which you can see from the foot of the lake are gorgeous.

would probably be great if you didn't spend most of your time just trying to find the trailhead.

Amazing scenery all the way up. Beginning of Trail can be confusing. The view from the top is worth every step. We passed quite a few little mountain goats.

This is by far my favorite hike in the flathead valley! There hasn’t been a time when I haven’t seen some form of wildlife (mountain goats, moose, etc.). Highly recommend!

Did this trail years ago with Wes and Sue. Camped and fished at the lake. Slid down the Glacier in July. I remember the bugs were relentless! Good memories.

Not as bad as I thought for a summit trail. It is a trek up but if you take your time you'll be fine.

Perfect little day hike. Lots to see along the way. In the fall the colors are amazing and it's not very crowded.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Excellent waterfall hike in the Winter!

cross country skiing
5 months ago

Beautiful vista

hiking
6 months ago

Hard to find the trailhead during the winter so i'm rating this a 3/5. Not groomed or anything either, but definitely plenty to discover and do a little bushwhacking.

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