Dickey Lake is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Essex, Montana that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length5.1 miElevation gain1,496 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingRunningDog friendlyLakeWildlifeSnow
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john currens
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Rod Fraley
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Brittney Baron
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HikingOver grown

Terrible trail! Completely overgrown and unsafe. It was so terrible we didn’t even make it to the lake. Absolutely not worth the troubles. My legs are still bothering me from the stinging nettles 5 days later

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Nikki Meshale
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As everyone else already mentioned...this trail is in incredibly bad shape. I have done some major hikes, even extreme climbing and many 14ers and adventured into undeveloped areas following only animal trails...this trail was worse than any I've ever been on. The amount of stinging foliage is crazy and the trail becomes damn near unnavigatable after .75ish miles in. The extra strain of bushwhacking through dense thorny forest while ascending is just insane. Yea the lake is pretty(which is the only reason this gets even 2 stars), but I've been to many others just as pretty without coming home torn to shreds from the "trail". In my opinion, skip this unless you REALLY love bushwhacking and have a high pain tolerance to thorny plants from Satan.

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Tristan Friebus
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HikingOver grown

The first half mile of the trail wasn’t bad. After the other reviews stated, this trail has not been maintained in 5 years and is very over grown. Most of the trail is stinging nettles so wear pants or leggings. It is over grown in alder, fool’s huckleberry brush, sticky(very prickly) currant, rhododendron, and devils clubs. It’s has cow parsnip on it too, so be cause if you break the stock and get it’s juices on you, it cause a chemical burn to skin. The tread is there but still hard to see due to the over growth. Once you get past the stinging nettles and other pokey things ( lots of shins getting stabbed by branches) you make a steep scrabble up to the lake. Once there it’s beautiful, but it makes you work for it and get stung a lot. On the way down the steep be cautious of what you grab and avoid grabbing nettle. This would be a nice trail if it was ever brushed out again.

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John Znamierowski
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grownScramble

Hiked into Dickey Lake on July 15th. The actual trail appears to not have been brushed out for a couple of years. The individual who said that it was difficult to follow was accurate, as well as the stinging nettle, the devil’s club and tons of vine maple. Yep, the lake is beautiful, but you’ll pay for that beauty with the approach. Word of caution: lots of bear scat on the trail. Finally, who ever said that “trail runners” could/would be using this trail obviously hasn’t been there in a while. Head high growth and lots of vine maple would make this a challenging jaunt. Plan on three hours in just because of the trails condition.

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Sara Warncke
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HikingOver grown

Beautiful lake!!! However... there is a trail but not maintained at all, expect lots of thick high brush for a solid portion of the hike (and nettles)

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Carole Czajkoski
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Very difficult to find trail after about 1 mile in. Had to turn around at 2 miles - trail ceased to exist and with the snow bending the bushes down there was no way to locate it

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Bethany Cook
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Really enjoyed this hike and the lake at the end is quite secluded and breathtaking! Plus we only encountered 2 other people while hiking which we loved. Although the trail is a bit overgrown, we didn't have any difficulty following it. We did encounter quite a bit of bear scat along the trail though so make sure to bring the bear repellant. The trail starts off with a decent climb for a while and then meanders downward through a river crossing and continues with fairly minimal decline and incline. The last bit goes back to a steeper incline but it much shorter than the beginning and after this bit of incline, the lake comes into view. Overall an enjoyable hike with a beautiful lake at the end!

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dele mercier
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very overgrown, hard to follow and 2 miles in becomes mucky as well

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Shane Kurzenbaum
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HikingBugsMuddyNo shadeOff trailOver grownRockyScramble
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Dickey Lake: we hiked this on August 4, 2012 One of the most beautiful hikes i have ever done. a few notes i remember. this trail is hardly used at all and the over growth of foliage is immense! taller than i for some of the trail. and an added precaution! it was hot and i loved the shorts but when i got to the lake my legs were stinging badly from the nettles below on the trail up and continued for the next few days afterwords. (be warned!) we lost the trail once in deep foliage and scrambled up the mountain into the lake basin. overall this was one of the most beautiful lakes i have ever seen. the aqua blue and glacier colors were incredible! *note when i uploaded the photos here they have diminished the actual vibrant color of the lake and scene. An awesome day over all. Don't know as if i would ever go back in here again as this trail was incredibly overgrown and hardly used, but it is also what makes it that much more adventurous.

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Amanda Boelter Shindledecker
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