Blue Lake

MODERATE 19 reviews
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Blue Lake is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Melville, Montana that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, camping, and horses. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

7.5 miles
2326 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



horseback riding





10 hours ago

I would give this 10 starts if I could. My favorite hike out of all my hikes ♡ a challenge at points but a great experience. And blue lake does not disappoint! don't be fooled by the mud puddle that comes before it lol.

23 days ago

Great hiking! Water for filtering available most of the way. Rocky terrain so prepare with decent shoes.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

great Hike, interesting rock formations, and lots of wandering paths around the lakes.

Foragers will find Raspberries, Huckleberries, and elderberries in abundance around Mid August.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Awsome trail, moderate to easy. great family hike to blue lake and granite lake.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The Crazy Mountains are called crazy because the weather changes so crazily - or so I've been told. The dates that I visited this location (September 8 and 9, 2014, were crazy. The weather was crisp but warm enough for short sleeve t-shirt, and the sun was shining. Set up camp at Half Moon campground. It was so late in the season the camping fee box was already sealed for the winter and the water pump handles were removed. (I had brought in my own water.) Overnight the temp dropped to freezing and a thick fog rolled in. I did the hike anyway with the trail still easy to follow in the fog (and I had a track laid out on my gps). I did get to Blue Lake, but I did not "see" it through the fog. The hike itself is very enjoyable. When I came back down the mountain I had a weather update that called for freezing sleet, so I sadly packed up camp a day early. I am going back in 2016... hoping to see the lake this time.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

We were there back in August 2015. The road to get to the trailhead is horrendous at the time, not sure if that is a one off or just how it is, but we nearly got car sick bouncing around from about halfway in until we got to the parking lot, in a 4 wheel drive vehicle which seems like a must. BUT, with that being said, the trail itself more than made up for that bump in the road (or bumps!). Big Timber Falls is a great first stop, and it only gets better from there. The scenery is amazing! I was awestruck the entire hike, stopping here and there just to take in the beauty of the area. Never seen anything like it in my life!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Nice day hike or base camp for a couple days of exploring. The .4 mile side trip to Timber Falls is a very short must.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Great campground. You aren't right on the Big Timber creek, but you can hear it from the camp spots. Only $5 a night and great access to trails. At a minimum, you want to walk up to the Big Timber Falls which is only a 20 minute hike. You will find snow on the trails up to Blue Lake through June. Can't recommend enough.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Phenomenal place. Great scenery, lots of flowers and lofty peaks. Fishing wasn't the best as I remember, probably due to all of the traffic. Please respect the no fire rule around the lakes, this is a busy place.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Great hiking and camping. To Blue Lake - 4 hours in, 2 hours out. Be aware of the wood fire restrictions. Don't miss Big Timber Creek Falls about 5+ minutes into hike (sign and path on left). Or the falls just above the first bridge on the right. Horseback trail rides available in area. It looked like the Lazy K Bar Ranch provided cabins and horses.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Great backpacking trip with our 3 teenagers. After 3rd bridge, finding trail was difficult, lots of snow (June) but we found our way up to the drainage pond below Granite and Blue lake. Also along trail, one huge washed out ravine to climb down and over, there is a horse path marked there also. Beautiful scenery! We loved this home, also stop at big timber falls on your way out

mountain biking
Friday, September 30, 2011

I rode my dirt bike up... There's an awesome trail for 4x4s or dirt bikes! Good trip for the off roders!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

A challenging yet not too long of a hike for those new to hiking. This trail begins at the trail head near Half Moon Campgrounds in Big Timber Canyon. There is plenty of parking for day hikers.

The trail itself is quite groomed except maybe the last mile up the mountain to the lake. This part of the hike can get pretty rocky and rough on the feet. It is a beautiful hike that crossed the Big Timber creek 3 times, all 3 with man-made bridges for easy crossing.

Total round trip took us 6 hours, mainly because none of us were in hiking shape and we had about 4 kids with us and stopped plenty to rest and swim. 4 Hours up, 2 hours down.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

This is a beautiful campground that sits right above the roaring Big Timber creek and just 5 minutes from Big Timber falls lookout. There are about 8 campsites which are around $5 per night to stay. It is on a first-come basis but during the week it can be quite empty.

The horse flies can get quite thick in the summer, bring some Off Spray if you have it. There is a pump for fresh water as well as an enclosed outhouse.

This place is beautiful and the perfect place to start a hike up the crazies to the lakes at the top or simply just to view the waterfalls. Highly recommended.