Dolus Lakes Trail is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Deer Lodge, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, bird watching, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,788 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Users have reported that the road leading to the trailhead is very rocky and muddy. 4WD with good clearance is required.

10 months ago

Very remote trail and the road to it is rough. Although 4x4 is not necessary it’s very helpful. Definitely a car with good clearance needed. Trail is steep and through beautiful forest. Well, marked. We did carry bear spray because there were signs of bear (scat). The first lake was amazing and the fishing was terrific. Highly recommend but go with others.

Mon Sep 03 2018

the trail is great and especially the Lake ans the campspots Theresa BUT be aware that first the Rock creek Lake and everything around ist private property... so toll get to the trail you have to Cross private property and second the Road to the trail ist Hardcore... our suv almost did not make ist... better have a 4wd or Something more for driving over Rocks...

Sun Jul 01 2018

The road is quite rough. 4wd isn't a necessity, but something with ground clearance is. The trail is very fun. The lakes are beautiful.

Sat Apr 21 2018

This road is NOT something you should take a car down. The rugs are very deep and snow still on parts of the road. Only saw atv’s trying the road. I had to turn around unfortunately

Sun Jul 23 2017

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Sat Jul 08 2017

Beautiful pristine lakes, hard trail with a backpack for the first mile. However the trail can be somewhat deceiving because of fallen trees but take a moment to look around and you can pick it up if you have good intuition. Camp sites at first and second lakes are available. Easily one of the best kept secrets in this forest.

Wed Jun 07 2017

Gorgeous hike!! Not too hard either. We stopped at the Lower Dolus lake when we saw how great the fishing was and I found a perfect hammock spot. Really the hardest part was getting TO the hike. You really need a 4x4 with a high clearance, the last 10 miles of the drive is a VERY rough dirt/rock road. **remember to check for ticks afterward**

Sat Jun 18 2016

Beautiful lake! Really steep for the first .25 mile of the trail. FYI don't forget your bug spray like me!

Fri Feb 20 2015

Easy to follow trail, pretty steep at the beginning but then it levels out. There are two lakes, both are gorgeous! Could do an overnight at the lower lake as there is a clearly defined camp spot. We ran into a mama moose and her baby on the way down the trail :-)

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