Otokomi Lake is a 10.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near East Glacier Park Village, Montana that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking.

Length10.4 miElevation gain2,303 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsForestLakeRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeFeeNo dogs
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https://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/statusupdate.htm. Glacier National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are per vehicle or per motorcycle, with different rates in the Winter. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is per person. You can also purchase a park-specific annual pass. Winter rates are in place 11/1-4/30.

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Ingrid Erickson
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HikingGreat!

Just know that it's all up hill. I was not ready, haha. Also I was really scared of running into a bear but I didn't see any in site! Beautiful waterfalls

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Nick Capote
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Matt Kuhn
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HikingGreat!

Awesome. While the park was very crowded this trail had very few people on it. Starts out along a gorge. Quite a bit of the forest has been burned but it’s still beautiful. After 2 miles you begin walking along the water and see lots of small falls. It ends near where the tree line ends. Lots of shale rock. Then a beautiful alpine lake w a small campground. Very diverse hike. Saw a bear in the first mile.

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Molly Rowse
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Hiking

Amazing hike, the day we went we battled some crazy weather but the views were stunning regardless. Gradual climb to the lake, and we clocked it in a little closer to 5.7 out, 11.4 total. We didn’t run into any bears but were prepared with bear spray and had a bell to make noise. Due to weather, the day we went we only saw 5 people over the course of 4 hours. River and waterfalls were beautiful to see the hike up and the lake itself was stunning.

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Ashish Bhatia
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Leticia Korovessis
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Sumit Garg
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HikingGreat!
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Marek Krajcir
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Hiking

Great hike

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Brad Rose
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Hiking

Beautiful hike, swimming in the lake was super refreshing. Bring bear spray :)

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Rachel Olson
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Hiking

A rare low traffic hike in Glacier! I thought it was scenic and the lake at the end was nice.

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Kenneth Odem
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Hiked on 8/21. Lightly trafficked trail with awesome views. Not all that difficult since the elevation gain is spread out quite nicely. Didn't run into any bears though did see fresh berry poop right on the trail. Bring bear spray!! It's also sold in the general store right next to the trail head.

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Taylor Roberts
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Sarah Callan
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About an hour into the trail we ran into 2 grizzly bears, one being right on the trail. We retreated back quietly and waited for about 15 minutes but the bear didn’t leave the area so we decided to go back to the parking lot. Remember to bring bear spray if you go on this hike!

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Andrew Patoska
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Melina Ward
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HikingGreat!

This was our first hike in Glacier, and it did not disappoint! Based on the other reviews I was on the fence about this hike versus the more popular ones, thinking it would have more limited views. So glad we went: stunning and varied views throughout the entire hike; a beautiful lake (even caught a trout!); we saw few other hikers; and had two grizzly bear spottings. This was definitely a harder hike in terms of distance but not technically difficult, in my opinion. There are a few steeper sections, but for the most part, the elevation is well spread out and the trail is well maintained. We arrived around 730 am and had no problem finding parking. So pleased we avoided the crowds and still got to see the stunning views on this trail and on the drive back home through GNP. Bring an extra layer if you plan to spend time at the lake since it got chilly. Don't forget the bear spray and get ready to make some noise through the berry bushes!

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Cassee Russell
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HikingBugsGreat!Over grown

Amazing views the entire way and a great lake at the end. No one in the parking lot around 8am today (Sunday) and didn't see a single person on the way up. Wear long pants because the trail is overgrown in many places. Bring bug spray and sun screen due to the exposure. It was a nice gradual incline until near the end where there are some steeper sections. All in all, awesome hike and a great one if you want to skip the crowds!

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Lisette Nanning
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Backpacking

Great backpacking trip with our family, 2 kids 9 and 12 years old. Trail is going up steadily, last mile was challenging for the kids, it was a very hot day and lots of mosquitos. The lake and views are amazing, the cold water is so refreshing! Pretty campsite for 3 spots. Bring mosquito nets. No bears or moose sighting, one black bear when we drove back.

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Kelly Sager
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The first half of the trail out is very overgrown and all the pines are burned, but the second half is gorgeous. So many waterfalls along Rose Creek and then a surprise waterfall at Otokomi Lake if you hike around the left side. Stunning views.

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Roderick Deltron
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Fiona Jensen-Hitch
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A great lesser hiked trail. Very cold and windy when we started on 8/7/20, but warmed up on the way back. Did not feel it was super hard, elevation gain is slow and steady. Had a moose encounter but enough warning that we got off the trail and behind trees no problem; no bears but lots of reports of sightings from backpackers coming back so they are around here!

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Piper Long
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HikingOver grown

This was a difficult hike for me because I am out of shape, but it was so worth it! The lake is spectacular, water is crystal clear. We caught trout in the stream on the way up and in the lake too. Lots of raspberries and huckleberries along the trail. Saw 2 grizzly bears on this trail and a third grizzly bear catching trout in the lake. Have never been so close to a bear in my life. Thankfully they had no interest in us. Take bear spray and wear good hiking shoes!!

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Tyler Howe
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Did anyone find a sleeping bag left at the campsite? If so, please text 801-707-5643.

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Samuel Capouch
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HikingBugsGreat!No shadeOver grown

Hiked out towards the lake on late afternoon of 7/31, stayed overnight and came back early morning of 8/1. Trail is primarily uphill on your way to the lake and downhill on your way out. Took us approximately 2h 40m on the way in but 1h 30m on the way out. Lake view is worth the hike. The campground is very well maintained and we pitched a tent in a spot next to the creek. Hardly a hiker encountered. Ran into 6 people on the trail on the way in and one family of 5 on the way out. I actually had cell phone service (Verizon) on the trail approximately 30 min from the trail head on the way out which unfortunately led to me receiving some work emails. A few things to keep in mind: bugs are VERY active in the hot summer weather so bring plenty of spray. Did not see any bears but saw lots of evidence they were around; bring spray. Ran into a single large female moose who was napping on the trail on our way out but we parted ways amicably after she ran off the side of the trail and watched us pass. There's no shade most of the trail due to a recent burn.

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Rob Baxter
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Hiking

Great trail for getting away from the GNP crowds. We saw maybe 10 people the entire hike. Plenty of parking. No kids on the trail. Boy it was hot, we started at noon. Minimal shade. Some flies but none biting. We tore through our water! Not much for views until the lake, but super cool landscape and diverse plant life along the way. We sat by the lake for a while, saw couple folks fishing and swimming. Feels very remote and super peaceful. Would love to come back and overnight it! Good solid climb but the grade is mild so it is very enjoyable, and you can zoom back down if you want.

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Keith krajewski
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Great!

Long uphill climb but well worth it. The lake is beautiful! Great views the entire hike- either the surrounding mountains or the waterfalls of Rose creek. Enjoyed catching/releasing a bunch of nice cut throats.

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