Explore the most popular horseback riding trails in Flathead National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Decided to make an attempt to try this trail since I did not get to do it in the summer. Knew the trail would be icy, but had just purchased some Yaktrac’s, plus the trail had just got four inches of snow on it. Followed one set of tracks in, and not long into the trip, met a young woman coming back down. Trail was steep, but snow helped with traction. Finally got to where the hiker before me turned around and thought, I can’t resist going a little further and break the fresh snow. Glad I did, got to a beautiful view point. Believe I was only two miles into the hike, so it is back on my list for completion. Any day in nature is a good day, so I enjoyed the part I did do.

January hike. Very, very icy. We had yaktrax on and had a hard time in places. Good views. Well traveled; saw 4 other groups in 3 hours of hiking. Would be great snowshoe if there was a lot of snow.

Best marked/blazed trail I've ever been on! There are maps at every intersection to show the individual where you are and what the intersection brings.

The meadow loop is easy and relaxing. There are several other small trails off the meadow loop which you can go on to get more mileage or more elevations changes. Very fun and relaxing area!

The trail has well defined cross country ski tracks, though I saw people snowshoeing the trail (I just hiked and had spikes in the event the ice was bad but didn't need them after all).

Pretty cool trail! Somewhat strenuous. Great views of the valley to be had here.

Definitely gets the cardio in for the day! Lovely hike.

The trailhead is well marked. You begin by gradually going uphill, then it flattens out as you go around the left side of the creek and around a marshy area. We didn’t try hiking to the upper lake because of a lack of time. Looking forward to hiking it again next summer when it isn’t snowing and blowing.

Steady increase in elevation, lots of switchbacks. Well worth the climb. the views the last 1/2 mile and lake is great. Did this hike with my 59 year old sister and Brother in law from Ohio n they crushed it.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

trail running
4 months 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.

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

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.

pretty and quiet, nice. that said, the north half is basically a forest service road. the south half( as shown) is an actual road- yuck. however, I found an actual trail just to the north of said road that was pleasant.

This was challenging for sure, but we hadn’t really prepared for it and do not normally hike in mountainous terrain. Views were OK and the trail was in good condition all the way up.

BEST hike ever!!!! So beautiful! For sure a do over and yearly activity we will do when we come to Montanta.

Lots of switchbacks , but the lake at the end is the payoff , great views along the way !

This was a delightful hike! I agree, would rank this as moderate due to some steep, ongoing climbs. The bugs were present but not awful for us at the lake. Trailhead was easily accessible as well.

I think I would question the EASY rating this app gives this hike? The trail has several steep climbs to the lake but once there the beauty will make you forget about them. Be sure to wear your bug spray. Vicious mosquitos from the meadow to the lake. Well worth the time and the climb and Don't forget to listen for the Winter Wren singing along the way.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Great ride! Single and double track riding, with brief elevation gains balanced with downhill runs. FUN! Moderate skill level. Bring your bug spray!

hiking
6 months ago

Holy moly, this trail is a workout! We hiked to the top, aka when you see the sign for Alpine Trail #7. You can keep going on that trail if you wish, all the way to Jewel Basin. If you want a shorter hike, you can hike to the waterfalls that are approximately 2.2 miles from the trail head. Once you cross the logs, you have to hike up the hill to the left to get all the way to the waterfalls. The top has some of the most amazing views of the valley and of GNP. Bring bear spray for sure and know that this trail is not very populated. Lots of bugs too. Great, challenging hike!

Not sure what causes all the excitement about this trail. It's nice and the first couple of miles are a good cardio workout, but it's not all that great. Strawberry Lake itself also is nice, but not in the same class as nearby Birch Lake and Crater Lake. On the plus side, there are plenty of huckleberry patches along the trail, although unfortunately most of them weren't ripe yet,

Classifying this trail as "hard" is also a bit questionable. Yes, there's a fairly unrelenting climb for the first 2 miles, but it's not ever excessively steep. My guess is that the (confusing) trail description is part of the problem, since the trail continues on to Strawberry Mtn from the lake, which, if you took that, would clearly make for a truly hard climb.

By the way, at the parking area, there are 2 possible trails, and it's not obvious which to take. It turns out that they both meet again very quickly, with the difference being that the left fork uses a bridge to cross the creek, whereas, if you choose the right fork, you have to make your way through the water.

hiking
6 months ago

Of all my hikes in West Glacier, East Glacier, and Flathead, this was my favorite! The hike itself takes you through the forest for the first 2/3 then along the mountain side for the final 1/3 to Strawberry Lake. Needless the say the surroundings and views are incredible.

Bring Bear/Bug spray) I have hiked this trail several times and have always enjoyed it. The trail is well marked and easy to follow and is mostly shaded by tree's until the last 1/4 mile towards the lake. Lots of switchbacks and a steady upward climb to 5500 ft. Strawberry Lake is a perfect place to rest and have lunch before you start your hike back down. More then likely you'll see bears or hear them along this trail, especially during mid-summer. Carry bear spray, hike in a group and talk to each other.

Beautiful hike! Went with a group of friends and we are all not super fit, took us around 3 hours to complete the hike.

Did this hike in the rain, with a 9-year old and a 6-year old, and it was awesome! Moderately steep at first, but nothing you can’t handle with a steady pace. Beautiful scenery in a magical forest. Definitely recommend!

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.

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.

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!

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