Heart and Pearl Lakes Trail

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Heart and Pearl Lakes Trail is a 7.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Superior, Montana that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.2 miles
1627 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly








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3 months ago

It’s not really an “Easy” hike, but fun! Beautiful and great for dogs!

4 months ago

Hiked this trail Oct 12th, snowing all the way in & about a foot at the lake but it was open. So fun to hike in snow again. I agree with other reviewers....this should be rated moderate. Will come back in the summer!

4 months ago

Very nice hike. I did it late in the day so the sun was preventing dramatic pictures of the mountains behind the lake. I would suggest doing this earlier in the day. I might increase the rating to 'moderate' though. It wasn't hard but was definitely more challenging than the Bear Creek Overlook trail which is rated 'moderate' on here.

4 months ago

Super mellow hike, get there in the morning for reflection pictures off the water!

7 months ago

Backpacked to Heart Lake 7/7/17. it was my 6th trip or so. Hike is moderate & soooo well worth it in every way. The lake & surrounding mountains are breathtaking but you won't see the mountains or meadow unless you hike to the far end of the lake. New bridges are in & we had no issues with the trail whatsoever. Set up camp & explored a bit then hiked up to Pearl Lake. At Heart Lake we had a herd of 9 mountain goats that were nearly too close for comfort at times.

7 months ago

Went on 6/19/17 and trail still intermittently muddy. I would say this isn't an easy hike for backpackers, rather moderate. I also believe in some maps it is 2 miles in, but my guess is over 3. We weren't able to make it to the lakes at this time, due to snow pack and fallen bridges. We did cross two streams and had to take shoes off. When we came to the third, we decided we weren't prepared to hike in snow and continue to cross rapid streams. However, it was absolutely gorgeous! We didn't see any big wild life or humans. I highly recommend this hike, but be prepared for the season or late season.

7 months ago

Did the trail yesterday, Friday 6 23 17. Trail was great. One bridge just down from the lake was out. Bring water shoes to cross it or remove your boots and go barefoot. Lots of water and snow still on trail but completely navigable. Huckleberries already green on the bushes. Snow pack on top of the mountain at the end of the lake appears to be around 10 feet. Pritseen and beautiful and great day to hike. Note the wood stock the mules brought in to rebuild several of the bridges.

7 months ago


8 months ago

As of 6.5.17 there is still a massive amount of snow... had to camp a mile up the trail, cant even get to the lake right now. Also, the directions on this are horrible. It will take you on a back road for 20 miles. Get off on exit 47 instead of 55.
Overall, I would recommend hiking or backpacking this trail for at least another month!

Monday, September 26, 2016

beautiful hike on a fall day!!#

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Absolutely beautiful- popular trail but not crowded

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

love this area of Lo lo! Another route to take is the Stateline trail, from hoo doo pass. Take lots of water for there is none on the ridge route. Dalton lake is a great place too; a few miles father in. Lots of mountain goats, and the huckleberry are awesome this year!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Super easy, well maintained trail with quite the payoff at the end. Many great campsites around Heart Lake, and excellent views of the surrounding area. The fishing in the lake is great, and we saw 4 mountain goats on the first day. If you feel like putting in an easy day, this is a good hike for you.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Beautiful trail, went all the way to Dalton Lake. The trail is a good balance of steep climbs and rolling meadows. Don't forget the sunscreen!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

This trail is awesome, scenery and lake are beautiful, but it is crowded on the weekends. And DO NOT FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS THIS APP GIVES YOU. Best way to the lake is to go to superior then go up trout creek road. Not that back way that this app will send you.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Backpacked in on an early June weekend and was very impressed. 3 miles to the lake. Incredible opening season backpack trip or for a first timer. Although there are campsites right when you get to the lake (trail goes right through them) it is in your best interest to continue along the left side to the back corner of the lake. Plenty of sites with much more seclusion. NOTE: campfire wood is harder to come by.

Short day hike up to Pearl and Diamond Lakes do not disappoint either. There are sites by both of them as well and much quieter.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

This trail was my first multi-day backpacking trip, and I could not of picked a better hike for it. I hiked into Heart lake on Tuesday morning, and the 4 mile hike was really easy, though there are a few steep spots as you get closer to Heart Lake. The hike up actually took me quite awhile, but only because there were so many sights to enjoy, I kept stopping to take photos. When I got to Heart lake, I picked the first empty spot I came to, but I'd recommend heading around the left side of the lake to get one of the spots on the other side, as they are much more secluded and shaded. I based out of Heart Lake for the 3 days I was there, and day hiked to Hidden Lake, Stateline ridge, and Pearl Lake, and I'd recommend others do so as well, since there are pretty steep switchbacks that must be traversed to get to any of the above areas. Stateline ridge is a great place to hike if you want to find the mountain goats that frequent the area, and Heart and Pearl lake have a good population of trout for those who'd like to fish. Met 3 other groups of hikers, and a group on horseback and all were very friendly. All lin all, definitely a hike I'd recommend and one I intend to repeat several times.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Heart Lake was my first Hike In Camp; Camp Experience and it was Great!
It's approx. 4 miles in on a fairly easy trail. There is a rocky area about a half mile in that can be tricky if your not careful then at about 3.5 there is a very steep section that isn't so bad but when you almost there you just want to be done. We went July 4th weekend and still crossed several snow patches and had to cross a couple of water run offs that were like creeks. So be prepared to get your feet wet.
The camp site was primitive but good... not much shade where we were camped and it was hot!
However, sharing our campsite with the Mountain Goats babies and all was totally Awesome! And the stars at nigh, oh my!
All around a great trip!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

a nice hike following trout creek with a couple log type crossings over the creek. When you arrive at the lake you might be tempted to camp at the first spot, instead follow the trail down the east side of the lake and camp down further. Beautiful clear lake with interesting mountains / rock formations as a backdrop. Pics posted here thepetsweb.com/index.php/2010/08/23/heart-lake-lolo-national-forest-superior-mt/

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