Lower Cold Lake Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Condon, Montana that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
839 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

rocky

washed out

1 month ago

The trailhead is well marked. You begin by gradually going uphill, then it flattens out as you go around the left side of the creek and around a marshy area. We didn’t try hiking to the upper lake because of a lack of time. Looking forward to hiking it again next summer when it isn’t snowing and blowing.

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2 months ago

This was our first trail using all trails app. The trailhead was easy to find and has a bathroom. The hike starts off a slight bit steep but levels off nicely toward the top. The lake was really nice. We tried to walk to the second lake but the trail was a lot harder to follow and we were running short on daylight so we turned back. All in all great hike.

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3 months ago

Beautiful, crystal clear lake at the end of a easy 2 mile hike. First part of trail had some fairly steep climbs but nothing really tough. Low 70’s & no bugs or fish.

4 months ago

This was a delightful hike! I agree, would rank this as moderate due to some steep, ongoing climbs. The bugs were present but not awful for us at the lake. Trailhead was easily accessible as well.

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4 months ago

I think I would question the EASY rating this app gives this hike? The trail has several steep climbs to the lake but once there the beauty will make you forget about them. Be sure to wear your bug spray. Vicious mosquitos from the meadow to the lake. Well worth the time and the climb and Don't forget to listen for the Winter Wren singing along the way.

5 months ago

Did this hike in the rain, with a 9-year old and a 6-year old, and it was awesome! Moderately steep at first, but nothing you can’t handle with a steady pace. Beautiful scenery in a magical forest. Definitely recommend!

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Very nice hike - no bugs and almost no people. Went a mile beyond maintained trail. Next time I'd go early and try for the mission range ridge.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Beautiful surroundings. Pretty steep uphill for a good portion. Easy way back, but be prepared for lots of bugs!

Monday, July 03, 2017

Bring a fishing pole!

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Took this trail today, it was 86 degrees, but we still found snow near the top. Trail is quite steep the first mile, going basically straight up. Don't think that classifies it as "easy". :). Lake was beautiful, but swarms of mosquitoes make your stay extremely brief. All in all, a good hike, bring the bug spray!!!!

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2 months ago

recorded lower cold lake

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

Tuesday, August 15, 2017