Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Lolo 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.

Great to see rain forest and old-growth cedar groves, waterfalls, typical Montana forest, and high mountain lakes, all in one trip. My daughter and I left Missoula at 10:30 am, and were back in Missoula 8 hours later. Easy, and great, day trip.

backpacking
3 days ago

Beautiful! Towering cedars at the beginning. We made it to hub lake, not a ton of areas of camping and pretty steep getting down to the lake but well worth it. Made for a pretty awesome weekend.

I thought this was a great little hike! We went on labor day. My husband and I brought our almost three year old- who insisted on hiking a good portion of the trail, and our 16 month old. It was a good distance, we were tired by the time we got to the lake but it really wasn't bad at all especially considering I was wearing a chunky baby! There were a few areas with water over the trail but not bad at all- we didn't get wet or muddy.

We drove all the way to the trailhead but the road was definitely rough. Follow the directions, go past the chairlift on the backside of lookout, up a really rocky area, you'll see a sign for st. Regis lakes, cross over a little stream and its a short drive to the trailhead.

Overall, it was a lovely little hike. Wish we could have made it to the upper lake but we got a bit of a late start. There were a few little camping spots but like others have said, there's not a ton of room around the lake.

Easy short walk to Diamond lake and an easy hike up to Cliff lake with just a little bit of elevation gain. The trail is very nice with a couple bridges along the way. Cliff lake is amazing. The water is beautiful and the backdrop is stunning.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was certainly a good hike. Beautiful wildflowers all around, handfuls of huckleberries (mostly between exit 0 and the trailhead). The lake was also beautiful and clean, but there was not much room to move around it.

Trail is steep. We had our 10 and 9 year old as well as a 2 year old and 2 week old (both being carried), so we could feel the burn heading up to the lake. It is a lot of up-hill, mostly the last part of the hike, but we kept a steady pace and powered through.

We ended up parking by chairlift 2 in the back of the ski hill as the road was not smooth enough to drive further (very rocky). The bulk of the berries we found were not far past there and we did not find many past the actual trailhead.

Lastly, there was a “no trespassing” sign on a tree that looked like it was prohibiting trespassing on the actual trail (at a Y), so we took a bit of a detour, but ultimately walked past the sign and arrived at the trailhead...not sure about that sign. Definitely recommend a map as there are a few Y’s in the road that leave you guessing otherwise (no signs).

hiking
1 month ago

High diversity of landscaping, with view on the city and paths in the forest. The hike is about 17k and accessible to all. Need to use alltrails.com to find the right paths...

Trail is a little more steep in areas due to recent re-dig after the fire. Creek had stopped flowing but standing water made little pond we didn’t cross.

hiking
1 month ago

BH

Beautiful hike, we hiking from the Road our odometers read around 5 miles each way. most of the way its shady, and even on a hot day like it was yesterday it was very pleasant and breezy. highly recommend it, the lake is fuller this year than last year, and there was no place to sit by the lake.

Two important things to know:

1) the trail is CLOSED as of September 2017. It was still closed per a sign at the trailhead on July 28 2018. This is not listed on the USFS website for some reason.

2) as some others have noted, your GPS will take you to a dead end of private land with no access to the trailhead. Directions to the trailhead are: take highway 12 form Lolo West 3 miles to FS road #612 (signs for Mormon Creek). Proceed 8 miles up Forest Road #612 up to the trailhead.

Nice hike this morning, mostly uphill until we decided to turn back

great veiw at the end, lots of downed trees blocking the trail though 05/26/18

One of my favorite trails in the Great Burn! I love walking through the giant cedar groves. You’ll earn it as you climb to Hub Lake in the second mile - a good deal of incline. But lots of huckleberries if you time it right! Bugs were present at the lake but the breeze and some bug spray mostly kept them at bay. Don’t miss out on this one!

hiking
2 months ago

Two daughters (9yrs & 13yrs) accompanied us and with a moderate pace, mixed in with some sight seeing, took us a little over 2hrs to get to the lake from the road.

When you find the old “St. Regis Lake” sign, you’re halfway there. The last 1/4 mile of trail is a bit steep, but not impossible. On a hot day, the lake at the end of the trail is worth the hike.

Great hike with well defined wide trail which made it easy to visit with my hiking buddy. Great tree canopy so you could do this hike anytime of day.

This a gorgeous trail leading up to the lake. I went with a group who drove a 14 - passenger van up within about 1/4 mile of the trail head but the road is horrendous up there and almost impossible to drive on so most people park about an additional 1/2 mile or so away. The trail has a mix of trees and shade along with beautiful open meadows with wildflowers. Huckleberries weren't ripe yet but were abundant. The trail is very narrow with growth on both sides in many areas but relatively easy to hike. We also had to cross a few shallow little creeks but stayed mostly dry. Stop at Lookout pass for bathrooms as there aren't any available up there.

backpacking
2 months ago

Good hike with some neat waterfalls along the way. Pretty steep in some parts but overall not terrible. The upper lake (hub) is definitely worth the extra half mile up. Clear water lakes perfect for a quick dip. Over all enjoyable as a nice day hike.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail (going counter-clockwise) was very quiet and peaceful. Even though it was 90 degrees when we started out, it was comfortable in the shade. There are basically no trail markings so it is easy to stray. Although there were a few miles of trail through a pretty but not particularly interesting forest, much of the trail is scenic and varied. A vigorous hike but I would have rated it as moderate. Only the length might have someone thinking it is hard. The climb covers about four and a half miles but is very steady - maybe a 7 degree slope - and on even track.

backpacking
2 months ago

Scenic trail that wasn't hard even with an overnight pack. I shared the trail with elderly and children.

The skeeters at Hub Lake are thick and hungry; otherwise a great adventure.

Nice hike with the kids and dogs. The road in will make your butt pucker if your afraid of heights. Narrow with drop offs. Go slow.

Beautiful day, waterfalls, lakes, good incline, shade and sun, couldnt have had a better hike today! Wandering around the lakes was worth adding the extra mileage! Mosquitos were terrible at Hub but great campsites! This is now one of my favs!!

Road in is pretty good (adventure Prius did fine) and the lake is beautiful.

backpacking
2 months ago

Great hike, family friendly!

Love this hike, Right now there is still lots of snow once you pass Diamond lake. We missed the bridge and had to cross the creek through the water. Hahah. Still a favorite.

GPS coordinates took us to the middle of the road partway to Kreis lake. We didn’t see a trail, so be sure to research before heading out there because there’s no cell service. Beautiful views nonetheless!

I haven’t hiked this yet. Just an FYI for other hikers- there’s a huge downed tree blocking the road about 5 miles into the Forest Service road. Will need to be moved for the road to be passable.

I think it’s a trail that’s more interesting for mountain biking. Very little views.

backpacking
5 months ago

Cool hike

This is trail is still very snowy with bad ice in some spots. I highly recommend wearing snow cleats. I didn’t bring cleats so I had to turn around at the switchback because I couldn’t even make it up that without falling. Will try again in a month or so.

backpacking
10 months ago

My go-to spot for an easy adventure. The short hike to cliff lake is beautiful any time of year.

hiking
Sunday, September 10, 2017

The smoke from the forest fires is starting to clear up, so I drove over to Montana to check out this trail. It is a bit of a drive off of paved road, to get here - about 10 miles of gravel road, albeit well-maintained gravel road.

You get two lakes for the price of one, with this hike! The trailhead starts at Diamond Lake, which is a beautiful mountain lake. The trail to Cliff Lake has an upward incline all of the way, but nothing that should dissuade the average hiker. A sign on the trail said that the distance to Cliff lake is only one mile. My pedometer clocked closer to 1.5.

Cliff Lake is worth the visit, even without Diamond Lake as frosting on the cake. Make sure to hike around to the opposite end of the lake, to the foot of the cliff. The alpine meadows on that side, are lovely!

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