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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 and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and horses and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.5 mi Elevation gain 2,175 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Camping

Hiking

Horseback riding

Lake

River

Waterfall

Bridge out

Rocky

Washed out

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Recordings (35)
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William Mattarolo
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Backpacking

The trail was well maintained and there were plenty of places to camp near the lakes. The area sees heavy usage which is apparent by all the fire rings around the lakes. A friend and I hiked to crazy peak which was amazing and I highly recommended it.

Ephraim Mortenson
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HikingBridge outRocky

Great trail! It’s a little hard to follow if you want to go past blue up to granite but very good trail. Fishing is good at the lakes, but don’t rely on it for dinner.

K S.
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HikingBugsRocky
Erin Kelly
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HikingRocky

Trail is pretty easy to drive to (my civic would have made it), decent amount of parking. Good amount of shade throughout. Very minimal amounts of snow near the top to hike through. Beautiful views the whole way!! Not crazy difficult, more elevation towards the end and a bit rockier.

jon halvorson
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HikingBridge outBugsGreat!
Zach Nell
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HikingBugsGreat!

Awesome hike with killer views. Lots of backpackers camping up at the lake and it's easy to see why. Don't have to backpack that far to get to an alpine lake stocked with fish. However, there are lots of bugs at the lake and the campground, so be prepared with bug spray.

Kaylee Vandjelovic
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Hiking

One of my favorite backpacking hikes in the Crazies - and apparently that goes for many people as it's usually quite crowded. Definitely recommend hiking up the surrounding peaks for some spectacular views from above!!

Mike Tacchella
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WalkingBridge outMuddyRockySnow

My second time trying the trail...I was too early again, too much snow. Continued through the snow to Twin lakes. Amazing views from there. Trail is very rocky so wear good shoes. As of 6/11 the last mile to Twin lakes was snow. The bridge for the Blue lake hike was out but the trek from the steam to the lake would have been almost entirely snow covered.

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Jacque Lorang
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Hiking

Lots of snow as of 5/30/2020 Wonderful hike though

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Bill Shirley
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HikingSnow

A beautiful trail in the Crazy Mountains. We made it a little over two miles in, to the second bridge, but the snow was too deep beyond that. The uphill is constant but not overwhelming. The entire area is beautiful; mountains + Big Timber Creek. Hope to return in a month or so and make it to the Blue Lake.

David Mau
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HikingSnow

Pretty rough go of things today in the snow. The Road was quite slushy and the trail is prohibitive of all but the most capable of vehicles. We snowshoed and were in boots for 2.4 miles up or so...made it about 1/4 mile past the 2nd bridge. Will try to get back Monday and post some photos...but the trail is all but done until April...

Colette James
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HikingBugsRocky

Hiked to blue lake. Stunning views the whole way. Lots of loose rocks along the trail. Jumped into blue lake to cool off and it only took 0.1 seconds for that to happen. Started at 9am September 4th. We where the only car at the trailhead when we arrived on a Wednesday. Did see a couple people on our way back down. Like others our trip to the lake and back was around 9 miles so not what AllTrails has listed. On and off shade spots along the way. To get to the trailhead it’s about 17 miles of dirt roads but only the last 2-3 miles is rough. We went in a Subaru Legacy so all wheel drive but not a high clearance car. Went slow and made it there and back out without a problem.

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Jay Billingsley
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HikingRocky

Good hike up and down. Rocky and rough for most of the hike but, the lake was well with the work.

Bryce Brinkman
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Hiking

Very easy hike, only about an hour up. My recording is going to crazy peak which is rather easy compared to other peaks in the beartooth range but the trail to blue lake is beautiful throughout with the end goal, blue lake and all the other lakes being absolutely spectacular!

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Amber Rody
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HikingBugsRocky

So beautiful!! The lake was stunning and peaceful- the water was cold but we still got in on a 90 degree day in August. This hike is longer than 7.5 miles and more elevation... lots of loose rocks and not a well marked trail once you get up further make this a hard rating in my book! We took our 2 big dogs they loved it but we were all exhausted! Started the trail at noon spent and hour at the lake then got back down at 6:30pm. Next time I will wear bug spray also.

Lauren Niebur
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HikingRocky

Great hike. Fairly steep, but the lake was well worth it. Don’t forget bug spray

Audrey VanSteenberg
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Bridge outPrivate propertyRockySnow

Texan here! This trail was intense for me. The trail is rocky and all uphill. There was a creek that we had to cross, which was very full. It had logs and sticks to make up a bridge. It was sketchy, but we made it. We hiked up to twin lakes first, then down and over to blue lake. I am not in shape at all. However, I made it up and back down 6 1/2 hours. There is still a little snow up top. My only regret is that we did not camp out.

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