Carlton Lake Trail

HARD 7 reviews
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Carlton Lake Trail is a 7.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Florence, Montana that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.7 miles
2,883 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips




wild flowers

19 days ago

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.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

I'd do it again, but just not with 4 kids in tow next time

Monday, May 29, 2017

We followed google map's directions to the trailhead but encountered a no trespassing sign along the way so turned around to find a different way to access the trail. Found another road on google maps but after going across a one-lane bridge, the road quickly became so rocky and steep that we decided not to continue. Disappointed we couldn't find the start of this trail.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Beautiful views, open and clearly marked trail. Snow for the last mile in...gorgeous hike.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Have done this hike as a weekend backpacking trip every summer for the past 4 years. features great views and an amazing lake with stellar fishing!

Monday, October 10, 2016

It was a quick hike in with AMAZING views. Bring bug spray if you want to hang out around the lake.

Saturday, July 08, 2017