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Beautiful hike up to the falls

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.

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.

19 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.

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24 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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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!

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6 months ago

quiet and be ready for a swim

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7 months ago

Beautiful views and easy for everyone!

Great hike anytime of the year!

It hailed the whole time, but always a great time in the back country!

Cool Fall day, tons of bear scat, no bears!

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9 months ago

Pretty trail, moderate difficulty. Lake is beautiful and has great fishing. I take my out of town family here every visit.

Great hike. Was definitely interesting there was a nudist at the top!!

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10 months ago

Very nice hike - no bugs and almost no people. Went a mile beyond maintained trail. Next time I'd go early and try for the mission range ridge.

on Marion Lake Trail

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10 months ago

Good hike up above the Izaak Walton Lodge (drive up the road behind the lodge to the trailhead to start). We saw only one other family up at the lake all day. The walk was aggressively steep at times, and very overgrown (mainly thimble berry bushes, but watch out for the occasional devil's club bush) in many areas. It was significantly harder than any other "moderate" rated trail we have done.
If you start early on a dewey morning, you might be in for a wet walk.
Lake is a picturesque spot for relaxing, or taking a swim (water was cool, but quite swimmable). Lots of small trout rising to take emergers off the surface.

It was an absolutely beautiful trail. Lots of wildflowers and adorable chipmunks. I only encountered a few people and the lake was small, but completely worth it. The smoke was pretty bad so you couldn't see the valley. However, there were a lot of beautiful things on the trail to keep me distracted. The lake was pretty and a perfect temp to pop in and cool down!
I didn't think it was that hard of a trail. I mean I'm a bit out of shape so I was kind of puffing, but I'm out of shape!

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10 months ago

Great hike. Do it every year

This trail is amazing. We were there yesterday (July 30th 2017) and practically had the lake to ourselves. We probably saw Allison Frueh for a few minutes up there as there was only one other person there. The hike up is beautiful and if you look at the surrounding flora it is gorgeous. Huge patches of wild raspberries and huckleberries. I would not call it monotonous, the forest is gorgeous and the lake was refreshing on a hot day. It was great for our dog with a creek at the beginning and then another one where he could take a sip about 2.5 miles in. I

The trail itself is uninteresting & monotonous, but the lake is beautiful! Clear, cool water perfect for taking a dip. I was at the lake @ 3 o'clock on a Sunday and had the whole place to myself. Good thing, because it is a small lake and not much area to relax on the shore. The nagging flies drove me away prematurely.
I did see a black bear in the berry bushes 10 mins into the hike. He ran away after I told him to

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10 months ago

Easy and kid friendly hike. Falls are beautiful and you can hike right up to them. The views of the lake and Mission mountains are fantastic. Can be crowded.

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11 months ago

Beautiful hike, and the falls and views are stunning.

Fun and challenging hike. Lots of huckleberries along the trail. Lots of elevation changes, and lots of flies along the path. The views are occasionally good, but mainly obstructed. The lake is beautiful, but small.

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