Birch Lake Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews

Birch Lake Trail is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kalispell, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2283 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

This is a great hike to see large open views of Flathead Valley. On clear days you can see 4 different Mountain ranges-the Bob Marshall, Swan, Mission and Salish Mountains. Views of over 60 miles are normal on summer days. Birch lake is a good lake for trout fishing and camping. The lake is 3-4 acres and in a beautiful small valley. The trail also branches off to go to Crater Lake and connects to the longer Jewel Basin trail network. The trail is a long slow series of climbs and switchbacks but not overly strenuous. The trail goes through some forest but mostly follows the Mountain edge and allows for great wildlife viewing and Huckleberry picking when in season.

hiking
2 months ago

I actually did this as a park of a out and back to crater lake. Highly recommend stopping here and taking a quick tour around its beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

What a beautiful hike! The view of the valley and area lakes and river is breath taking. Birch Lake is a pristine lake that is beautiful! Fish were jumping the day we were there. Bring your fishing poles if that is something you enjoy doing!

hiking
3 months ago

The trail offers amazing views of both Jewel Basin and Flathead Valley. Birch lake is quite the reward though. Beautiful water with excellent views. Limited water sources until you get there though so take note if you are bringing your dogs.
You can continue up the Alpine trail to 2 other lakes as well. Definitely recommend this hike!

4 months ago

I really liked this trail. If you decide to go on to squaw lake or crater it is very over grown. We had to turn back around at squaw lake. But this was definitely worth the hike. Beautiful overlooks and plant life.

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4 months ago

This is a beautiful hike with great views. There is also a trail that goes around the entire lake. Not a difficult hike, and totally worth it!

4 months ago

A great trail for all levels of hikers. We had little kids with us and they did great. Great views of the Flathead Valley and just the right amount of people on the trail.

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4 months ago

Loved this hike! Definitely some sketchy parts of the trail that were slick gravel with a huge drop off on the side, so not for younger kids. Gorgeous lake!Rainbow trout, waterfalls, and snow this time of year! Watched mountain goats sled from the top of MT. Aneas, and could see 3 other lakes at the backside of Birch Lake. One a bit lower that was fed from Birch lake, and then 2 on the other side of the mountain at the back of birch lake. Not to mention being able to see Echo lake, Flathead Lake, Lake Blaine, and a few others from the trail about midway up. Bring your fishing pole or even your camping stuff!

hiking
8 months ago

Absolutely love this hike. It's pretty easy, short, and has stunning views the whole way.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016