Lolo Peak is a 17.9 kilometer out and back trail located near Lolo, Montana that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and cross country skiing and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 17.9 km Elevation Gain: 1,271 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

cross country skiing

hiking

forest

lake

views

rocky

scramble

snow

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

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

hiking
17 days ago

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

recorded Lolo Peak

hiking
17 days ago

The lake at the top was pretty dried up. Most of the woods were burnt, but I kind of enjoyed the visibility. Good trail for trail running. Mostly dirt and not too narrow/overgrown. I didn’t go up to the leak though. Just turned around at the lake.

hiking
28 days ago

Good trail to lake then you are on your own to the peak. Great views from the top! Tired but satisfied. Bring plenty of water.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

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.

off trail
snow
3 months ago

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.

hiking
Monday, September 17, 2018

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.

running
Thursday, September 06, 2018

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.

hiking
Wednesday, September 05, 2018

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

Thursday, August 30, 2018

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

Sunday, July 29, 2018

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!

hiking
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

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

Saturday, June 11, 2016

had to trek through some snow on the way up but the trail was in great shape and beautiful views. Will try and make it to the peak next time

Sunday, June 05, 2016

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.

Monday, June 15, 2015

A great hike! Loved the subalpine larch and views!

hiking
Friday, January 20, 2012

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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