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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.

This was our first trail using all trails app. The trailhead was easy to find and has a bathroom. The hike starts off a slight bit steep but levels off nicely toward the top. The lake was really nice. We tried to walk to the second lake but the trail was a lot harder to follow and we were running short on daylight so we turned back. All in all great hike.

Great hike if you’re looking for something close to Whitefish.

camping
8 days ago

trail running
8 days ago

Excellent trail. It’s really just a moderate trail, with a little more distance. Overall the elevation gain is nothing compared to a hard trail. This is a definite people pleaser!

P.S. there is immense trail damage from dirt bikers so I’m wondering if there’s any local dirt biker coalition that would be happy to do some trail maintenance. I’m willing to help out if they come to terms with the trace they leave.

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.

Beautiful scenery with the option to take a lift down.

9 days ago

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

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

Beautiful Fall day. Temps in mid 50’s, no bugs & huckleberry bushes a vibrant red!

Fantastic! Well worth the energy. Views are unbelievable.

This hike is absolutely breath taking. From the very beginning all the way to the summit. At the top you get to marvel at the 360 degree views including multiple lakes. You can continue over the summit to a trail that leads to the picnic lakes, but it looked too intense and narrow for this time around.

I’m a beginner hiker so the incline was intense. Parts of this trail are just rock and another challenge are the switchbacks. But the summit was completely worth it. We took many breaks and kept on trekking. Next time I’d be more prepared with extra water, hiking boots and trekking poles.

The road up to the Camp Misery trail head is no joke. Super narrow in some parts, long, super bumpy and parts where it’s your rig and a pretty intense drop to the left. There isn’t much parking up top of you choose to go up on a busy day.

Amazing scenery and views in mid-September. Be prepared for weather changes. Would definitely recommend this beautiful trail.

Beautiful views.

Great hike! I was surprised to see the level of difficulty listed as “hard”. We went to the top without taking a break. Beautiful views. The summit was quite windy and cold; I wished I had brought another sweatshirt and a beanie!

Took our dog on the hike and had a nice early evening hike ! Was beautiful scenery! Definitely would recommend this hike !

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

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!

Definitely a little steep at the start, but pretty easy hike overall. The lake is beautiful, definitely a good way to break up the Route 2 drive

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.

I went up with a buddy in early September to Big Hawk Lake.
We stayed the night at Birch Lake the night before, so we got a head-start to Big Hawk -which I'm very glad that we did.
though there were a mama and baby mountain goat keeping us up all night at Birch Lake but it was pretty entertaining. They were certainly comfortable with people but not a threat.
We left Birch Lake at 8: 30 a. m. and reached Big Hawk around noon.

I would highly suggest a GPS because there's a ton of Trails and hunting trails that can get you off course. We had to backtrack twice.

This trail is not for beginners. Pack plenty of water, or a water filtration system would be better. You are climbing over every possible terrain you can think of. You will be climbing over rocks, pushing your way through overgrown areas, going down steep Terrain which sometimes include shale rock.

Do not let these things hinder you from trying the trail. Instead think ahead and allow yourself time to get there safely.

I am definitely glad that we made it. We thought about taking photos when we saw the lake and going back but we decided to walk all the way down to the lake.
There are some very large Cutthroat in Big Hawk Lake, so bring your Pole because these guys are hungry.

Beautiful Trail along the way and you will see plenty of lakes. So water is available often. Be sure you are very prepared and I would recommend not going alone.

There is a nice big Camp spot at Big Hawk Lake. There's also a smaller Lake before you get to Big Hawk where you can get water. I think we calculated about 45 minutes from the small Lake to Big Hawk.
I didn't find the switchbacks were two overgrown but there were a few thick spots. Luckily I didn't run into any bugs, like the other review had.
It takes roughly 20 minutes from seeing the lake, to getting down to it. There are several switchbacks that will take you down. Be careful to take the right trails, GPS once again is recommended, especially coming back.

We did not see any people from Crater Lake to Big Hawk Lake. The trails were a little over grown in some areas but definitely maneuverable.

Enjoy this hike it was a good one. I would say Advanced hikers only.

Just beautiful.

Beautiful hike. It gets a bit windy toward the top but not too bad. Worth the hike.

Started on the trail around 10:30 and it was much colder than expected.
Beautiful views all the way up. Once we reached the top where there is a lookout/microwave tower we thought we were done.
Not so, you can continue on the “dangerous looking” ridge line. This is what takes you to the ultimate peak of Mt Aeneas. Fabulous 360• views. Our 10 year old had no problem on the ridge line trail. It looks scary, but once you get on the trail you can see it’s not that bad. Totally worth the extra time and energy!

Great hike! It’s 3.8 to the end point and another .5 to the gondola. If I did it again, I would have had two IPAs at the bar and taken the gondola down. :) Enjoy.

Beautiful, crystal clear lake at the end of a easy 2 mile hike. First part of trail had some fairly steep climbs but nothing really tough. Low 70’s & no bugs or fish.

Worth the climb. It was steep and tiresome but the beauty of the lake was worth it. Bring bear spray & bug repellent & make loud noises every few minutes. We did not see a bear but the top was full of wild strawberries and the lake is a good watering hole. The drive to it was a bit desolate but there were some cars there when we arrived.

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.

hiking
24 days ago

Fun and relatively easy hike on the way there, but the way back is a little bit harder due to steep uphill sections. Great views, mountain goats, and a gorgeous lake!

I wouldn’t bring small children or clumsy dogs because of the trail being loose rocks and steep drop offs in some places.

This is my favorite hike in the valley, aside from some hikes in Glacier. Mount Aeneas is BEAUTIFUL. You can see the entirety of Flathead Lake, I’ve seen mountain goats every time I’ve been up there, and it’s not an overly difficult hike. Bring bear spray and a camera!

It isn’t a loop, it’s out and back, but you can hike farther from the summit down to picnic lakes if you’d like.

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