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Lupine Lake Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kalispell, Montana that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 1,017 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Mountain biking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Wildlife

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Colton Frazier
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HikingBugs

No service at trailhead (or any after you pass little bitterroot lake) so preload map if you need. Lots of mosquitos. Within the first .2-.3 miles there is a big cliff so keep dogs and kids close until you pass. Lots of people fishing at lake. Some mountain bikers. Campsite at south end of lake. Moderately trafficked this Fourth of July weekend.

Kellie Abramovitz
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HikingBugs

Lovely hike and the trail was pretty dry. I saw a moose and her baby at the log bridge near the beginning of the trail. As another reviewer advised, bring bug spray. I applied it several times along the trail. Also, don’t go by google maps directions to get to the trail head. You need to go another few miles beyond what it says and you’ll see the trail head sigh just off the side of the road.

Patrick Good
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Hiking

Trail is good shape. Missing the wow view found so often in NW Montana.

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Kiersten Morvant
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HikingBugs

Great for all average hikers. Caught several fish. Bring bug spray. Beautiful hike

Christopher & Kristen Stout
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HikingMuddy

Perfect trail with beautiful waterfalls. Dog friendly and light traffic.

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Angie McCrorie
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Hiking

Gorgeous short hike with a few good inclines. Not many other hikers on the trail. Water was running high so some muddy areas, but mostly dry. Trail is in great shape, having recently been cleared from a massive wind storm. My daughter got a few bites while fishing. Fish were jumping everywhere. Didn’t see any wildlife except some wood ducks on the lake.

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Troy Mitchell
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Hiking

Great trail. Clear all the way to the lake and just a couple spots that where muddy. Mosquitos where not bad and we caught a couple fish using a meps spinner bait. Definitely will do it again

Maggie Parsons
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Beautiful forest you traverse through, with lots of giant tamaracks. We were completely alone on the trail and encountered what we believe was a moose close to the lake- heard loud cracking and then a sound like a truck starting. We decided to turn back at that point.

Cheryl Schweigert
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Hiking

5/9/20 trail conditions pretty good, just a few trees to step over. Lots of foot and dirt bike traffic. A beautiful day for a hike though. Too early for wildflowers and the lake was partially frozen. Should be good in a few weeks.

Kate Brady
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Hiking

A great trail but as of October 1st, tons of downed trees in the last half mile or so before the lake. I assume most of it's from the recent storm. annoying for hikers but impassable for stock. be ready to do a lot of clearing if you try to take horses. But still a nice hike. I saw nobody on the trail and only one set of tracks since the snow, so great for solitude.

Mark Ungashick
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Hiking

First warning; if you use "directions" from AllTrails, they likely have coordinates wrong. You will want to drive another .5 miles to find the trailhead on your right of NF 538. After that, it's all good. Wonderful trail with semi-steep descent to begin, which becomes a bit of a tester at the finish. There is a lovely lake befire the turnaround; reports on the fishing are very positive!

Aaron J
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I have dirt biked this trail numerous times as part of a loop from Ashley Lake. Every time I ride this trail, especially from the lake down, I am prepared to encounter grumpy hikers with scowling faces and inappropriate hand gestures as I slowly ride by and thank them for allowing me the room to pass. This weekend two ladies were shaking their heads at me. I stopped to ask them why they were upset. They told me that I was “not allowed to be here” and that this trail is a negative experience because of dirt bikers riding it illegally. I ask those of you enjoying the outdoors, as am I, to please check trail regulations before setting out on your hike. Lupine lake trail No. 210 is legal to motorcycle. A link to the regulations and motorized use map is attached. These regulations unfortunately are not posted at the trail head. That being said, I ask you to please consider a few things before you scowl the next dirt biker that you see on the trail. More often than not if your hiking on a motorized trail, it was cleared and maintained in the spring by dirt bikers, opening the trail long before trail crews got to it. We are out there for a workout, to enjoy the outdoors and to enjoy our hobby. Just like everyone else. Just because it is in a different way does not mean we should be disrespected at first glance. Motor Vehicle Use Map https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd495971.pdf Lupine lake trail regulations https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/flathead/recarea/?recid=67102

Nicole Moreci
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Hiking

Great trail. Not super difficult. Hardest part is the final climb back to start the trail head. Beautiful views, but bring mosquito repellent!

Kevin Donahue
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Hiking

Great hike for families...truly a hidden gem. A little over 5 miles round trip. One thing I don’t like about the hike is that the last 2 times we’ve hiked it there have been people riding motor cross bikes on the trail...nothing like enjoying the peace and solitude of nature then all of a sudden hearing a couple of these from a distance coming up thru the trail...seriously, there’s tons of old logging roads these guys can access yet they tear up this trail.

Matt Rhodes
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Great day hike and gorgeous path through the pines. The lake is absolutely stunning and in the fall very secluded and not crowded one bit. A ways out there but worth it.

Jeff Trafelet
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Hiking

felt longer than it was. aside from steep downhill beginning, mostly gradual up and down. lots of timber, so no views from trail. fished, no luck. couple campsites & fire rings next to lake. pretty lake. would be good for a trail bike too.

Mikey Carter
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Hiking

Was a fun fairly easy hike . Some cool views of the little waterfall if you climb down a little ways . Lots of up and downs but not very steep. Not much parking but wasn’t too busy, ran into a couple people. Lots of dogs both on and off leash. Lots and lots of mosquitoes, bring bug spray! And finally once you get to the lake there is a nice little sitting area someone has made out of logs with a little fire pit if you’d like to have a picnic once you get there.

Noah Taylor
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Hiking

We took our three dogs on this hike. Our GPS measured 2.38 miles from the trailhead to the big rocks at the lake, so the total distance estimate is spot on. We averaged about 22 minute miles on the way out, which is primarily uphill. About .75 miles in on the trail is the log bridge you see in the photos. Our dogs had no trouble crossing. There are two other stream crossings that have rocks for step stones but are only a few inches deep. We crossed two groups on the way out. One had been fishing and caught some cutthroat. There is no real shoreline though so you have to fish from rocks or take waders. On the return trip the last half mile is straight uphill but not bad. I'd say the trail is overall easy with some moderate parts on the elevation sections. We saw some birds and skunk fur but no other animals. Great hike, well marked trailhead, room for at least 8 cars to park.

Amanda Kimsey
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Perfect little day hike. Lots to see along the way. In the fall the colors are amazing and it's not very crowded.

Braelin Settle
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Hiking

Pretty trail, moderate difficulty. Lake is beautiful and has great fishing. I take my out of town family here every visit.

Jim Owen
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This is a great day hike and some good fishing to boot.

Victoria Williams
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Great trail, pretty lake.

Tony Young Bird
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Great Family Hike..

Sarah Vermillion
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Horseback riding

We have taken horses in here many times. Busy trail with hikers, mountain bikes and dirt bikes. Everyone has always been respectful of our stock. Easy trail, only takes about an hour to get to the lake on horseback. There are a few spots along the lake to have lunch or go fishing. No hitching rails at the lake. Very limited parking at the trailhead.

Ashley Hadley
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Hiking

Great hike with some steep terrain but levels out in between. Quiet lake and Beautiful canyon waterfalls. We mapped at 6 miles round trip. Do yourself a favor and come in on the west side. Way way shorter and almost all pavement.

Ian Anderson
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Mountain biking

Good trail that connects Griffin Creek Rd (FR 538) and Ashley Mnt (FR 9763). Most people come in from the west (Griffin Creek) and return the same way. It is roughly 7 miles from end-to-end and came be done as a shuttle. The lake itself has great fishing but is better accessed with a float tube. This trail is moderately used by stock, dirt bikers, mountain bikers, and hikers alike.

Keith Perry
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Fishing

Nice short ( 2.75 one way) hike to great fishing lake. Nice canyon with waterfall. Otherwise very limited views due to forest .

Jennifer Jameson
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Hiking
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Kyle Daugherty
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Hiking
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Andy Goodson
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