Hollow Top Lake

MODERATE 8 reviews

Hollow Top Lake is a 10 mile out and back trail located near Pony, Montana that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from July until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.

10.0 miles
2644 feet
Out & Back


horseback riding



9 months ago

Trail disappeared in the snow and mass of fallen trees near the top when I tried last October. Turned back without ever seeing the lakes but the hike was beautiful anyway. Trail split a few times with no markings. Lower part of the trail was clear. Be aware that weather at the trailhead and weather at the top can be very different.

10 months ago

Awesome hike with a beautiful lake. I ended summited Mount Jefferson and Hollowtop Mountain so I didn't spend too much time, but a beautiful area. Didn't see too many people while I was there.

11 months ago

It's an amazing hike with incredible views!! I tried climbing up to the top of hollow top mountain from the lake,, but I only made it up about halfway till it was almost a vertical climb.. so I turned back!!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Great trail, beautiful scenery and views.
Encountered snow on trail that required a turnaround about 3 miles into the lakes.
Nice steady grade, a few fallen trees across the trail but pretty easy to get around. A little concentration required crossing the creek around the 2 mile mark.
Nice May Sunday for a hike.

Monday, March 14, 2016

There are multiple ways to do this hike. I did a loop that totaled almost twelve miles. In early July of 2014 there was still some snow on the ground on the final approach to the lake. (Three weeks later it was gone.) Plan to start early in the summer to avoid the heat while you are going up. The lake will then be more enjoyable. Also, lots of horses use these trails, so there will be manure, horse flies, deer flies, and mosquitos. Plan accordingly.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Good trail with good views and more lakes to explore if you still have the energy.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Awesome!!!! So rewarding once you get to the lake! The trail is well maintained and very peaceful.

Monday, August 03, 2015