Lake Como Loop Trail

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Lake Como Loop Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Darby, Montana that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.5 miles
577 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly





mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


Lake Como Trail is located between Hamilton and Darby, MT. This trail wraps around the entire lake with a waterfall at the west (back) end. To hike the trail as a "loop" it is about 8 miles. To do an "out and back" hike to the falls on the north shore trail it is about 6 miles round trip.

14 days ago

This is such a fun place! Great for swimming towards the end of the hike! Curious...any particular time there are not many yellow jackets? I love this place so much but there were so so many yellow jackets and my daughter was stung twice on the trail. I want to go when they are not swarming :). Gorgeous place and easy trail. So much fun!

22 days ago

Amazing trail.
1. $5 fee so have cash or check.
2. On the east side of the lake the water has washed out the trail. You can bravely venture across if you're sure footed (not recommended for kiddos, elderly or dogs who aren't water aware)...downstream 12 feet -ish there is a log you can cross (also not recommended for those mentioned above).
We had an amazing time on this hike and the waterfall area is worth every footstep. Gorgeous!

1 month ago

Easy to follow, mostly level, and dead gorgeous. Great way to ease in to the summer hiking season.

1 month ago

First hike of the season. I did the full loop and had a great time. The trail was a bit sloppy in places from the snowmelt but was otherwise easy to follow. Free parking if you go between Labor Day and Memorial Day. Including a break for lunch, it took me just over 3 hours.

6 months ago

Did this trail on horse back in summer 2016. Perfect!!

10 months ago

Easy and flat. Great for getting in your first hike of the summer to test the old body out.

10 months ago

Easy. we're fat out of shape smokers.

trail running
11 months ago

We had an excellent time on this trail. It certainly isn't conducive to running the entire time, but it was a beautiful and interesting trail the entire way around.

11 months ago

Love this trail to the waterfall it gets a bit rocky but is fairly flat

11 months ago

Great hike, easy minimal incline with many opportunities for swimming and fishing. The only downside is that part of the trail goes through the campground which is inconvenient and looses the feel of nature a little bit but overall a fun and leisurely time.

mountain biking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My buddy and I took our Mountain Bikes around the 7.5 Mile Loop. Such a rush but pretty sketchy at times. We were the only people with bikes on the trail but there were a lot of families hiking with dogs. This is one of my favorite trails.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Not much elevation change but swollen creeks in early June made it a bit more challenging than it otherwise would have been. Keep your eyes peeled for the foot bridges!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

We ran this from our campsite with the pups. A lot of loose stones and light elevation over the 8 miles. Beautiful views, would be more fun for a leisurely hike. Falls were roaring end of May and trail was muddy in a few spots. Overall a great hike/run close to camp and close to the highway.

Friday, March 03, 2017

great, alot of people, extremely gorgeous

Sunday, October 02, 2016

This is such a beautiful hike that it took my friend and I four hours because I was constantly stopping for pictures. When we hiked it on September 28th the waterfalls were flowing just enough water to listen to its ambiance, but we're calm enough to jump around on the rocks exposed out of the current.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

nice trail and very level. great views off and on

Sunday, July 24, 2016

1.5 hours to waterfalls and 1 hour back. Lots of people and boat noise (Sunday). Go during week and take a swimsuit.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Pretty easy trail well groomed. lots of great water effects and views of the lake. I'd rate the traffic as moderate to busy depending on the day.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Went all the way around. So happily surprised to find the rushing water at the mid point of the lake. So beautiful. We sat at the waters edge and cooled our feet! What a treat. Long walk but worth it!!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Easy hike. Good trail. Save $5 and park on the road above the boat ramp. It adds a half a mile to the hike.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Very beautiful. Easy hike, took about 4 hours. Enjoyed good views.

Monday, April 04, 2016

My wife and I hiked the loop today. Easy terrain. Many children. Moms and dogs on the trail. Still a little ice on the south part of loop. Trail runners mountain bikers and potentially horseback rides all get to use the trail. Very pretty and scenic. At a slow pace it can be done n 4 hours. I hiked it with a leg brace on from quad surgery.
Great beginner trail. Great family trail.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Beautiful. First time I hiked this was the first week of March 2015. My boyfriend and I were the only sign of human life anywhere around the lake and up on the trails. We definitely weren't the only ones there though, fresh bear cub prints! Great hike, thoroughly enjoyed the terrain variation and the face that I got to go bouldering for about one mile in the snow.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Loved this hike I just did the out and back on the north side to get to the waterfall. I loved the views and the dip in the lake was nice. The cliffs on the left side of the waterfall are great for jumping!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

This was the first hike I went on in about 3 years, and I am not in very good condition, so as an absolute beginner, I was breathing hard by the end of it. The trail is fairly level all the way around the lake. The falls are pretty and the view of the lake is very nice but I did not find any part of this trail to be breathtaking. I enjoyed the hike out, on the south side of the lake, more than the hike in, on the north side of the lake. On a hot day, it would be best to park at the boat launch and begin by crossing the dam, then circling the lake, and ending back at the boat launch simply because the south side of the lake is well shaded where the north side is very sunny. This is definitely a good starter hike. I think it took us about 4 or 5 hours because I was slowing everyone down.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Great views easy hike. Great picnic spots. Pack a lunch.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Beautiful hike/walk! The trail on the north side of Lake Como is pretty flat, following the lake, above the shoreline until about 3 miles when you'll pass over flat rocks. When you get to the junction of Trail #580, you'll be tempted to turn left (south). Don't just yet. If you continue up the hill, the trail narrows but shortly leads you to an even larger falls. When you're ready, head back down to the junction and follow trail 580 which will lead you around the western edge of Lake Como to a smaller falls and a sturdy bridge. For an easy out and back, return the way you came. If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, continue back along the south shore of the lake on Trail #580. The trail along the south shore is not level and you'll find yourself climbing up and down, up and down. This trail is more rustic and includes 2 narrow bridges crossing pretty streams rushing down the hillside. Trail 580 ends at the boat launch on the east end of Lake Como. To get back to your starting point, walk over the dam.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Nice morning hike out to the bridge & falls. Took about 2 hours not many folk on the way out @ 9:30 but quite a few on the way back. Trails are still wet from yesterdays rain.
Glacier Lily were blooming.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Out to the falls and back today 2 hours nice morning hike.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

It took me an hour to hike 3 miles to the falls on August 29th 2014 and I was walking fast the whole time. You have to pay 5 to park but it's worth it. The falls are beautiful and worth the hike. It is an easy hike just takes a while to get there.

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