Leigh Lake

MODERATE 24 reviews
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Leigh Lake is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Libby, Montana that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1295 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

lake

views

wildlife

rocky

17 days ago

what a great hike! lots of day hikers on the trail. My husband and I decided to backpack in and camp overnight. The trail as you get closer to the lake gets a bit confusing. we went off trail a few times and missed some switchbacks (we ended up scrambling quite a bit) bit still worth it. Lots of ice on the lake but gorgeous falls. a couple tricky spots with left over snow that we ended up going over or under and around. We had a blast!

hiking
23 days ago

This was an amazing hike. It's pretty much straight up and you habe to do some navigating on rocky trails, but you follow a waterfall up to the lake. We hiked 5/27/17 and there was still snow crossings in a few places and the lake was still frozen, but no less beautiful. Great rewards to be had here.

5 months ago

Beautiful and crazy hike, but goes by before ya know it. Extremely beautiful slanted waterfall and peaceful lake! I will be back Leigh Lake!

8 months ago

fishing
9 months ago

Great hike and well maintained trail

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

This trail was fairly strenuous despite the short distance. There appear to have been a few significant rock slides which made portions of the trail a bit treacherous and very difficult to follow, particularly on the return trip. The lake and waterfall were both spectacular and there are many berries in the area ripe for picking.

backpacking
10 months ago

Decent hike, not many campsites at the lake, pretty steep accent and trail finding made it more difficult.

11 months ago

backpacking
11 months ago

backpacking
11 months ago

Great trip! Friendly mountain goats galore. Scramble up to the ridge on the north side for spectacular views.

11 months ago

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Worth the steep hike. most beautiful Lake and waterfall I've ever seen!

birding
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Amazing !!

hiking
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

This hike is really quite beautiful. We parked our car on the road a few miles down from the the trailhead, where the last turn is, because thats where the road started to look washed out. From there, we hiked a little under 2 miles to the trailhead to begin our hike. In hindsight, I wish we'd just risked driving to the trailhead because despite being of such short length, this hike is actually pretty strenuous. Its an almost constant steep uphill climb, with some sections in the latter half of the hike being so steep as to require using your hands as well to continue moving forward. We went on May 7th, and the lake and area immediately surrounding it still had a pretty thick layer of snow atop it. Personally, I felt the waterfall on the way up, shortly before the lake, was more worthy of the effort than the lake was. The hike was beautiful, and definitely worth trying, so long as you know the steep grade requires quite a bit slower pace than most of us probably usually hike with, and that being a short distance does not mean "it can't be that bad". Also be bear aware, as we came across bear scat right on the trail, and saw several bear tracks.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

camping
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Loved the trail!

geocaching
Monday, October 05, 2015

Beautiful

hiking
Sunday, September 13, 2015

hiking
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Beautiful scenery and views, particularly at the top. Trail is rocky and straight up for most of its length.