Boulder Lakes Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Philipsburg, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.6 miElevation gain1141 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyCampingFishingHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestLakeViewsWildflowers
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Note: the trailhead is difficult to see from the road and you may find some signs that say "private property next 1/4 mile" which can be confusing. Cross both wooden bridges just below the parking lot to find the trailhead. Also, the road for the last 1.6 miles to the trailhead is only possible with a high clearance vehicle. Depending on your car you may need to park 1.5 miles from the trailhead and walk in.

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Susannah Haupt
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Awesome trail! Trailhead was super hard to find but the hike was beautiful

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Brett Wall
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Corey Aldridge
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful. The last part of the road up to the trailhead was gnarly and rocky. We hiked up in the dark. Lake was gorgeous. Hike back down in the daylight was fantastic. I took my 10, 12, 14, & 16 year old kids with me. I will definitely do it again.

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Brooke Napier
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As other reviews suggest, the trail head is nearly impossible to see from the road. If you see the private property sign 1/4 mile turn around and look back and you’ll see the trail head. The road for the last 1.6 miles to the trail head is only possible with a high clearance vehicle - we had a crosstrek and parked 1.5 miles from the trailhead and walked in. Beautiful hike! Once you get to the trailhead it’s all worth it.

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Paul 3
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Park where the sign says “private property next 1/4 mile” then cross both wooden bridges just below the parking lot. The second bridge is about 250-300 feet past the first one. AllTrails kept notifying me that I was off the trail for basically the whole hike. I’m pretty new to the app so I’m not sure if that happens often, or if this trail is an exception? This was the least crowded hike I’ve been on all summer, which was a good change. The fish are very small, but hungry, in the (small and shallow) upper lake.

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Kayla Glossner
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Great trail. It was a little overgrown, but led to a beautiful secluded spot. My only complaint is the trail in hard to find from the road. There is a pull off that leads to a creek (on the right hand side) before the road gets really rough. I’d recommend parking there and walking the road up to the ATV trail head (on the right side of the road). Once you’re on this take a left at the first bridge crossing and you’re on your way to a beautiful alpine lake with minimal effort.

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Joseph Wyant
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Last couple miles of road to trail head is wash very rough. Trail had some flooding and blockage by blown down trees but easy to follow. Boulder Lakes were very scenic and I would recommend the hike.

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Logan Bauman
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5/26/2020 Would love to come back here later in the season, but half way into the hike the path was flooded. If we were familiar with the trail I'm sure we could have maneuvered our way around the flooding but this was our first time here. Lots of signs of moose, but didn't run into any wildlife. The road up there is definitely a rough ride, you'll need all terrain tires and a vehicle with good clearance to make it all the way to the trailhead. There is a couple camping spots on the road right before things start getting bad that I'd recommend parking at and embarking from there, it will just add a couple miles to the hike! Beautiful scenery and a very easy hike make this trail worth it, but not this early in the season unless you've done it a couple times and are confident going a bit off of the trail without getting lost.

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Kyle Dunbar
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June 10th 2018. You will not make it to the trail head without a 4x4 truck or Jeep. Stock 93 GMC 1500 did fine. Maybe an Outback would do it but you will be scraping on large rocks. The trailhead has no signs or markings but it's easy to find. The first half of the trail is wet but clear. there is a swampy area you have to walk around but the trail is easy enough to pick up again. The 2nd half of the trail was dry and rocky. a few small downed trees, but not bad for such a remote trail. The climb wasn't too bad. It's high elevation (7600ft) so I don't recommend going in early June like me unless the forecast is clear. Rain was forecasted but we woke up to 3" of snow. Beautiful lake, at least 2 big sites with fire rings. I recommend it if your car can make it!

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Candacei Sellman
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andrew geiger
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Marianne Cossalter
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Martha Logue
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Tanja Morgan
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