Lower Cold Lake Trail

EASY 23 reviews
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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

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

rocky

washed out

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1 month ago

This is a great trail for beginners, we did it with my five year old. We snacked on huckleberries along the way. The hike was peaceful.

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1 month ago

I’m not sure where this got the easy rating. Those people clearly forgot the whole 800ft incline in the first 0.7 miles. Anyway, this trail was gorgeous, shady, and the lake was breathtaking. Clearest water I’ve ever seen. It was a moderate hike though.

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1 month ago

Dog friendly! Hike in was good - most of elevation gain is first half of the hike. Pretty and woodsy landscape throughout. Definitely worth the end destination. Lake was pretty shallow when we were there - clean clear and beautiful - great for swimming. Did not fish. Loved the views. Wish there was a sign or trail to upper cold creek. Attempted a trail to the right but way over grown so turned around. No bug spray needed - went mid August.

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bridge out
off trail
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Gorgeous lake at the end of this trail. Moderately steep for the first half, then levels off. No views until the end, but wildflowers and wild huckleberries in abundance. Amazing kaleidoscope of butterflies hanging out at the lake. Only one other hiking party on the trail.

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blowdown
bugs
3 months ago

beautiful hike, and great fishing! the trail can be hard to follow around the lakes due to fallen trees but there are usually alternative routes.

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4 months ago

We love this trail...moderate climb for the first 3/4 of a mile then levels off. We just did this hike (5/31/19) and, unfortunately, due to snow cover, had to turn around a little more than a mile in, right at the creek crossing...still not disappointed. There were a couple of downed trees to get around, but they were small.

11 months 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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Monday, September 17, 2018

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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Saturday, September 01, 2018

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.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

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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Sunday, July 22, 2018

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.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

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!

hiking
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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Friday, September 28, 2018

recorded lower cold lake

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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