Harrison Lake

HARD 8 reviews
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Harrison Lake is a 15.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near West Glacier, Montana that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
15.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1538 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

off trail

Park at a pull off of hwy 2 probably about 10 miles past West Glacier. From the parking area, cross the road, go down a RR Access road, over a RR tunnel and down to the river. Ride east up the shoreline until you find a safe place to cross. The river where you cross is usually just a bit above knee deep on the horses, but pretty fast moving and a bit stressful. USE CAUTION and do not cross if it is not safe. Once across, look for a little stream that heads back into the woods with a trail along it. This trail will take you to the main trail and past the Doody Cabin. Make sure you check Glacier's website for a trail status. Harrison is a beautiful lake and the backcountry campsite has a fire ring and hitching rails for the horses. Great for a late summer/fall full day trip.

backpacking
13 days ago

Very beautiful, fairy easy trail. It's quite overgrown in certain areas but that's part of the experience. Laying out of the edge of the lake at night, looking at the stars with the sound of the loons was the best part.

backpacking
3 months ago

horseback riding
10 months ago

We have done this trail with our horses a few times. We park at a pull off of hwy 2 probably about 10 miles past West Glacier. From the parking area we cross the road, go down a RR Access road, over a RR tunnel and down to the river. Ride east up the shoreline until you find a safe place to cross. The river where we cross is usually just a bit above knee deep on the horses, but pretty fast moving and a bit stressful. Once across, we look for a little stream that heads back into the woods with a trail along it. This trail will take you to the main trail and past the Doody Cabin. Make sure you check Glacier's website for a trail status. We made the mistake of assuming it was clear one summer and spent our whole day cutting trees off the trail and never made it to the lake. Harrison is a beautiful lake and the backcountry campsite has a fire ring and hitching rails for the horses. I definitely recommend it for a late summer/fall full day trip.

camping
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Easy to navigate, somewhat overgrown in the early part of the season. Backcountry campsite is situated in a beautiful location with breathtaking views all around.

backpacking
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

hiking
Saturday, March 26, 2016

canoeing
Monday, July 27, 2015

Overgrown trail, feels like bushwacking at times, unique re-growth forest hike. Great to see the Doody cabin, Erie and special. Lake is nice!!!

hiking
Sunday, September 16, 2012