Middle Lake and Gem Lake Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Conner, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,358 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

A steep 1 hour accent to Baker Lake, the first of 3 pristine mountain lakes. Staying to the right of Baker Lake's inlet stream head up to Gem Lake past Middle Lake. Gem Lake is a beautiful place, with equally as beautiful campsites, each with their own little alpine paths.  There is a rock face near the outlet of Gem Lake that is perfect for stargazing.

3 months ago

Once you’ve made it to Baker Lake - keep going! Most of the hard part is at the very beginning of the trail. Getting to Gem Lake you can scramble up the rocks from Middle Lake but the trail to the right of the waterfall is the easiest. We all swam and water was chilly but great!

hiking
4 months ago

Steep approach but short - put your head down with your backpack and in no time you will be in a wonderful place. We love bringing our dogs with us. It is also possible to climb Trapper Peak from here by heading mostly west from the lake to meet the final ridge approach to Trapper. It is especially beautiful here once the colors turn in autumn.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017