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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.

Length 10.4 mi Elevation gain 2,303 ft Route type Out & Back

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Reviews (85)
Photos (26)
Recordings (49)
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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!

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!

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.

Roderick Deltron
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Hiking
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Fiona Jensen-Hitch
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Hiking

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!

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!!

Tyler Howe
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Hiking

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

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.

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.

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.

Cullen Stevens
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Hiking

A beautiful hike with an awesome view at the end. Aping they way there are many places to stop and rest by the water. Bring your camera and sone water shoes to walk along the lake edge at the top. There are several places to find a little slice if beach if you follow the water around.

Kelly Fitzpatrick
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Hiking

Bring your bug spray! This was a last minute hike but turned out to be a beautiful lake. As of 7/26 Many Glacier entrance to the park is closed along with all the hikes. Otokomi hike was a little hot with burnt out hillsides but followed a river with waterfalls here and there. Jumping in the lake felt so perfect after the 5.5 miles in. There are moose on this trail too!

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Dana Foster
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HikingBugsOver grown

We hiked this about a week ago and the brush is so over grown that you can barely see the trail in places. The minute you standstill the bugs come out full force. Bugs were intense the whole time. The lake view is nice and luckily there was a breeze so bugs weren’t too bad there. There were probably 10 people all squeezed into the only beach area to rest. We saw a Grizzly about a mile out from the end of hike. Saw it rumbling through the overgrown brush, cross the trail and continued up hill. Bring bear spray!

Paul Pearman
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Hiking

Lots of brush but well worth the hike down. The initial hike back up is brutal, especially if you sit by the lake for a hour. Spotted a juvenile black bear with about a mile left, just before a switchback. Made some noise and it ran off. Well worth the hike.

Tyler Howe
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HikingBugsOver grown

I’m guessing you’d be hard pressed to find a hike in Glacier National Park that isn’t jaw-droppingly breathtaking, and this hike is no exception. We camped out for the night and were treated to stunning sunrise pictures. We had a group of 12, so we made sure we were lined up for a permit at 4:00 AM the day before our hike. At that hour, we were second in line. We saw a big moose but no bears. The campground was great. Lots of bugs, but they dissipated when the wind picked up, which was often.

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Karley Mackay
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HikingBugsOver grown
Brittnee Rakosky
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Hiking

This trail is overall moderate and not as heavily trafficked as others- so expect to not see many people. We saw about 6 people in the 5 hours we spent on the trail and at the lake on a very busy summer saturday. You follow a creek (rose creek) part of the way up with numerous waterfalls and view points along the way. The area has experienced a burn, so there isnt a ton of shade on most of the trail. The lake up top is incredible and there are numerous places to relax once you arrive. We spent about 45 minutes taking it in before we headed down. It took us about 2.5 hours with a few scenic stops along the way to reach the lake, and about 1.5 hours to get down. There are numerous bear postings and you do walk through quite a a bit of bear habitat (berry bushes and brush), but our group of 4 had no isses with wildlife on the trail.

Jen Johnson
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Backpacking

Backpacked in and stayed one night. beautiful hike with lots of phenomenal views and secluded lake. access to water at midpoint of hike, no bugs, on and off shade cover throughout hike. saw lots of bear droppings but no bear.

Stacey Reynolds
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Hiking

Hiked up and camped for two nights from 8.20.19 to 8.22.19. Beautiful hike, all the burnt trees were a bit of a shame but the lake itself had plenty of trees and pretty wildflowers. Highly recommend jumping in the lake if you get there on a hot day! Didn’t see any wildlife but saw evidence of bears in the area.

Stephanie Swenson
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Hiking

Gorgeous hike that leads to a beautiful, secluded like. saw a bear on my way back.

Elspeth S.
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Hiking

Accurate descriptions from others. Gorgeous day hike along Rose Creek. well marked trail. Glad we started out at 9 am. Gorgeous flowers. Evidence of bears but no sightings. The destination is worth the long walk.

Rose Ann Clark
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Hiking

Such a great trail with so many views. Saw a small bear and then Mama and cub up at the lake.

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