Doris Creek Trail

moderate 11 reviews
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Doris Creek Trail is a 5.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kalispell, Montana that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,482 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

running

forest

views

snow

hiking
snow
3 months ago

hiking
bugs
6 months ago

We came across a lot of (super lovely) motorized bikers on the narrow 7 trail to the lake so that with the overwhelming mosquitoes — we didn’t make it all the way to the lake. If we lived closer I’d go back because this girl loves an alpine lake. Also wish the sign posted said anything about the lake. I had a memory of someone saying go right but with three kids and two dogs and a late start with a blustery afternoon we didn’t take the chance. No hucks but tons of great wildflowers and lovely views and some water for the dogs along the way. Easy enough for my youngest kid. An 8-year old who makes bad shoe choices.

Sun Jul 01 2018

So I will break it down, when you get to the “T” in the trail take a right!! The main attraction to this trail is Jenny Lake which is a grunt to get up. After taking a right at the “T” you will make a pretty strenuous climb before making a slight descent into the lake. We saw a moose, no bear scat, but definitely in bear territory. Hope you all have fun, I wish they would change the name to Jenny Lake Trl. rather than Dorris Cr. Trl.

hiking
Fri Aug 18 2017

This is pretty much just a workout hike. no destination (lake, mt. view) per the description. At the end, the trail comes to a T intersection with no information where this leads. We passed hikers on our way down that said if you go right at the T for a mile and a half it leads to Jenny Lake and two small Doris Lakes for fishing. That would be useful information to include in the trail description, but that makes it about 5 miles one way to a lake, but at least you can camp and have a destination per se, rather than just a long uphill slog with little in the way of panoramic views. Lots of scat, but no bear/cat sightings. Some huckleberries. Would not do this hike again.

Mon May 25 2015

Roughly 5 miles out and back. Trail head is easy to get to and there's plenty of room to park. The trail starts off pretty wide and easy going then climbs. In May there was a lot of snow left but it was still pretty easy to make it to the top. Beautiful, definitely worth the trip.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
Thu Sep 27 2018

hiking
Sat Aug 04 2018

running
Sun Aug 20 2017

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Mon May 18 2015