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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.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,496 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly






8 months ago

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

Sun Oct 07 2018

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!

Sat Jul 21 2018

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

no shade
off trail
over grown
Sat Aug 04 2012

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.

Tue Jun 27 2017