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Lolo Peak is a 11.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lolo, Montana that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and backpacking and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length11.1 miElevation gain4169 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashBackpackingHikingWalkingForestLakeViewsRockyScrambleSnow
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Lolo Peak
46.68195, -114.23832
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Wolfgang Beier
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Teigan Avery
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

It’s great until you get around Carlton lake at which point you start going straight up with no defined trail at all. It is vertigo inducing. Once you reach the false summit it is very pleasurable to the true peak with stunning views of more mountains to climb. The way back is just as terrible if not worse once you reach the goat track, but it does make you appreciate solid ground. Definitely more than 11 miles, we clocked 15 though we did get lost on the boulders.

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Megan Moore
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Hiking

We went up 9/6/20. The directions on All Trails to the trailhead are wrong. You need to take highway 12 wear from Lolo to Mormon Peak (not Mormon Creek) Road. Take Mormon Peak 8 miles to the trailhead. We went left around Carlton Lake and then went up the right side of the mountain. I would not recommend this way- pretty steep with a lot of loose rocks and not a lot to grab on to. It does get you right up to the false peak. Lolo peak is the bare peak behind the false peak- easy to get to from there. You will see a little trail at the false peak that you can take down, left across the mountain (this is the route we took on the way down). I would also recommend going up this way as well. The left side when looking at the mountain looks steeper but it’s definitely not. You can boulder hop a bit on the way up and then you will hit the little trail to keep going. We clocked closer to 13-14 miles. Beautiful even with some haze!

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Clint Ford
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HikingOff trailRocky

Definitely Hard. At Carlton lake I just turned right and headed straight up. Saw no sign of a trail to peak. First peak is a false peak. It’s an easy down and up to Lolo peak. Last week of August, no bugs. Bring tons of water as the last bit is brutal. Did up and back in 7 hours. Would not recommend dogs personally with the rocks to the peak. Stunning views at top.

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Kaitlin Byrnes
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BackpackingBugs

Great hike. I generally hike moderate rated trails and this was my first backpacking trip. The hike was a bit tough for me but I had a 25 pound pack which was a first for me. It was a steady incline up until you got to the top of Carlton Point, then you hike down for about a mile to get to the lake. Two things to note. The difficulty is rated hard because the stretch from the lake to the summit is quite difficult for people like me. We crossed paths with a very athletic couple that made it to the summit and they even mentioned it was difficult. Second- there are a TON of mosquitoes at the lake. Do with that information what you will but it was so bad we couldn’t really be outside our tent for fear of being eaten alive.

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Cheri Roberts
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Hiking

Fairly steep hike on trail until Carlton Lake. We went up to the peak from the south side-(headed over the dike) by bushwhacking and some boulder climbing. Came down more of the front of the peak over the boulders which resembled somewhat of a trail. Not an easy climb for sure but well worth the view and satisfaction. We took dogs and they were able to make their way over the boulders without too much difficulty. Did it as a day hike- left trail head at 3:30 and got back to parking lot at 10pm. Round trip was 12 mi. Did not go over to the other peak.

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David Sulock
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HikingGreat!

Great hike! It's a tough rock scramble past the lake. Not for the faint of heart. The map here doesn't take you to the top of Lolo Peak. You gotta get up there to the ridge then go down and up a little more to the next peak to be on Lolo. It's about 12.6 miles round trip from the parking lot.

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Chance Stack
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HikingOff trail

Beautiful hike, broke it into two days, stayed two nights at the lake, caught ALOT of cuttys, no real trail between the back of the lake until the finger that pops up to to the ridge, anyone know why there’s no survey marks on the peak? But they are on the false peak?

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Cate Maher
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Take Highway 12 to 612. And rock hop to the tippy top once you reach the lake!

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jeff darcy
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Hiking

Make sure to come in Highway 12.... Lake is cold, but not too cold.

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Alex Brooks
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HikingBugs

I would recommend this trail. If you are looking to get to Carlton Lake it is a 5 mile hike in and 5 miles out. Tried our luck at fishing and caught A LOT of Cut Throat Trout. Had an amazing time and the scenery was good too. Fire came through since the last time I was in there about 2 years ago. Bring bug spray because the mosquitos and horse flies are terrible.

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Kurtis Wallace
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Hiking

First time I’ve been on this trail since about 2005. Wanted to check it out after the 2017 fire. Can sure tell it burned hot up there. Only went about 1/2 mile up today since it was late in the day and pretty warm. Hope to return. In September when it’s a bit cooler and hike to Carlton Lake.

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Eric Landerville
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HikingSnow

Great trail, definitely hard. The whole first part is up hill with no flat parts until you reach Carlton peak. Trail is well maintained and easy to follow. While most of the first part is a burned husk, there is a certain beauty in that, especially with all the new growth. The couple of large snow patches weren't difficult to traverse and made the trail better for me. Snow in July! Awesome! We made it down to the lake but didn't do the off shoot trail to Lolo peak because there was weather rolling in. Overall a great trail for people willing to work for awesome views. For tourists like us, just stay on 612 or Mormon Peak Rd until you get to the trail head (it's pretty obvious just look at my picture). There's a bunch of small off shoot roads that won't take you anywhere and Google (and all trails) may try to take you to Mormon Creek rd but that road doesn't exist where Google says it meets with Morman Peak rd.

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Mark Miller
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Off trailSnow

We made it to Carlton Ridge but couldn't make it to the lake without having more equipment. The first 3 miles have a clear path but once you get to the snow the path is not marked clearly. If we were to make it to the peak we would have to make sure to bring supplies for snow, no marked path, and steep inclines.the hike to Carlton was good though. the forest still has burned trees but the vegetation is growing a lot. we had a great time but wish we could have made it farther.

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Zach Martin
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Hiking

This is not 9.4 miles. It is closer to 13, if you go to South Lolo Peak (the named one on this app and Google maps). The initial route shown is not to either Lolo Peak (North Lolo or South Lolo). Once you get to the vista point, you can continue down to the lake, only if you want to scramble up the face of North Lolo Peak. Which is rather rough. There is a trail that heads west, above the lake but it is not marked, as of 9/16/18. Once up top of N. Lolo Peak, there are great views of Missoula and Frenchtown. Atop S. Lolo Peak, there are peaks for days. Gorgeous views.

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Jesse Potter
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Running

Seeing this area the year after a major burn is wild. The trail currently still has a lot of ash and fallen logs, but it’s still gorgeous. For reference on directions, Mormon Creak Road and Mormon Peak Road or two completely different things. To access this, drive about 3 miles west on highway 12 and turn left on Mormon Peak Road. Drive all the way up and you’ll find the trailhead. FYI the final climb to the top of the peak is a bit tricky. If your ready for a major adventure, you can handle it though.

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Brian Lelo
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Hiking

The best and nicest FSR I've driven up. From the Mormon Rd Bridge it is exactly 8.2 miles. The trail is open but this trail goes thru a sever burn area. Might not want to do it on a windy day. Trail is full of shiny pyrite flecks. Nice trail Recommend

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Christy Griesse
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GPS route via Mormon Creek Road is inaccurate, you need to take HWY 12 route. 8/25/18, trail is open and accessible.

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Laura Sligh
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Two important things to know: 1) the trail is CLOSED as of September 2017. It was still closed per a sign at the trailhead on July 28 2018. This is not listed on the USFS website for some reason. 2) as some others have noted, your GPS will take you to a dead end of private land with no access to the trailhead. Directions to the trailhead are: take highway 12 form Lolo West 3 miles to FS road #612 (signs for Mormon Creek). Proceed 8 miles up Forest Road #612 up to the trailhead Will try again some other time!

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Lantana Clark
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Hiking

Steady uphill that takes you down to the bottom of the peak makes for a fun challenge but once you reach the summit, there are so many lakes in sight and such beauty. Was an all day hike, a day well spent!

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Megan Burchak
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Lots of snow! Great hike, we cut down to the lake and added some extra time on. Was well worth it!

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Kelsey Rose McCartney
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There was a lot of snow still so I didn't make it all the way to the lake but it was still a very good hike.

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Katie Selway
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Hiking
First to Review

I've been here a few times. Very pretty hike. The trail leads to a lake which has a good view of the peak. There is no trail beyond the lake however. Bushwhacking is required if you want to get to the very top, which I learned can turn into an interesting and physically challenging adventure. When you reach the top though, the spectacular views make it all worth while. This trip took us about 7 hours, with a 40 minute break for lunch.

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Larry Abramson
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