Engle Peak Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews
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Engle Peak Trail is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Trout Creek, Montana that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and camping. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2765 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

trail running

forest

views

wildlife

snow

backpacking
6 months ago

Welp, with a 35lb pack this trail up to the peak should be rated no less than difficult; without the pack, yeah, probably moderate but it's still fairly steep.

The trail is well maintained and simple to follow to the summit. After climbing to the ridge the trail mellows substantially until you reach the Engle Lake spur. From that intersection with the spur trail the peak lies another mile away with another 1,000 of elevation to gain.

We made the summit but the weather blew in as we drew within 500' of the peak and closed down the views. The wind was wickedly bitter so we only stayed atop for less than 10 minutes before JoRayne and I completed our day with a descent to the lake where we pitched camp for the night.

The campsite was nice. The weather not so much: rain, snain, fog, and wind. We stayed dry though and hiked out in the morning over the 1"+ of new snow.

We have to return to get our pics from the top but next trip we'll tackle in one day!

hiking
6 months ago

The lake was beautiful! We made it to the top of Engle Peak but missed out on the views due to fog. Good tough hike :)

hiking
7 months ago

Engle Peak Trail (#932) is my preferred route to both Engle Peak and Engle Lake. About a mile away from the lake or the peak, the trail forks, and one can choose to go up the peak or down into the lake. The trailhead is about 12 miles off of the highway, along winding gravel roads. You probably don’t need a 4X4 during the summer season, but I would be cautious at other times of the year.

Be prepared for steep start in the trail. You will suffer for about 1.5 miles, then it starts to level out more or less, until you reach the foot of Engle Peak. I’m not going to pretend like you won’t face some ascent, but keep in mind that you are hiking up Engle Peak.

The views for the first 2 miles or so, are marginal, but the rest of the hike has spectacular views on all sides, for most of the hike. On a clear day, you can much of western Montana.

Bear in mind, this is bear country. This is in the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness, and it is pretty much wilderness. There are no facilities of any kind in the area, so come prepared with everything you need.

By the way, the snow is very slow in melting up there. Don’t expect to get up there very early in the year. I would suggest waiting until June at the very least.

hiking
10 months ago

Attempted to get to the peak on 6/14/17 only to be met with LOTS of snow. Got around 1 mile from the summit but the trail was hard to follow and some 10 to 15 ft snow drifts were difficult to make it around. Before we even reached the ridge line, we were finding ourselves in snow and had to guess where the trail was. Ended up going down the wrong trail for 3/4 of a mile due to The deep snow and not being able to see the trail. My advice is hug the ridge line and you will be fine. The first 1.5 miles of the trail is very steep but eventually evens out on the ridge line. That being said the views are incredible and made even better with the remaining snow. Will definitely return again but will wait a couple months.

hiking
Wednesday, March 22, 2017