Otokomi Lake

HARD 33 reviews
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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. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and backpacking.

10.4 miles
2,303 feet
Out & Back









wild flowers


no dogs

4 months ago

Nice hike to this spot. Hit this trail after a 7 mile hike out from Gunsight Lake. Would have been much nicer on fresh legs but the reward was amazing. Nice spot and decent campsites.

5 months ago

A very nice day with very few others on route. This is a bear active trail though, so make noise or talk as much as you can. Though we saw no bears on the trail we had a big grizzly Mum and big cub at the finish. Viewed them from the safety of our RV.
The track is easy with a steady gradient. The lake is spectacular and a nice lunch spot. Highly recommend.

5 months ago

Most of the trail is a walk through the forest with a fair incline, but near the end it opens up and you are exposed. During the year that we went, the start of the trail goes through an area that has experienced a forest fire, so all that's left is just burnt tree trunks.
There is no big ending at the lake, it just ends. If you are feeling adventurous you can bushwack and walk around the lake.
Its a good place to skip rocks, and just hang out.

5 months ago

- Well-maintained
- Gradient-friendly
- Spectacular views of valley and surrounding mountains
- Lots of fire damage
- Great lunch spot at lake
- No bugs due to high winds
- Good temperature throughout
- No bear sightings

6 months ago

Otokomi was a fairly strenous hike! It was our fourth day hiking so we were pretty tired and sore going into it! The hike has some burned areas leaving us pretty exposed so wear sunscreen and sunglasses! The hike is not frequently traveled so there are places where the trail is very narrow from bushes! We never had a problem finding the trail though! Lots of berries along the trail and we saw some bear droppings. The only bear we saw was near the end of the trail, down in the valley by the stream and it was walking towards the lake! Definitely bring your bear spray and be ready! The lake was very pretty and could see some trout swimming! There is not much for areas to sit down near the lake and lots of bugs! Bring your bug spray! We started at about 9am and there was only one other car in the parking lot. We passed by two groups of people going up and four groups on our way down! If you want some peace and quiet this is the trail!

6 months ago

This hike would be hard if you started it on a hot day after 10 in the morning as it is very exposed. However I would say its moderate. It is long but it is interesting and varied and not at all busy which is nice for Glacier.
The trail starts out steep and then flattens for quite a while and the last part is a bit gruelling but never difficult. The trail is easy to walk on but quite narrow in spots so it was hard to use poles for some of it as there are bushes on both sides (so don't hike alone).
Also when we were hiking back we could see the camp store for maybe 1/2 hour before we got there
All in all a good hike of about 5 hours plus the lunch stop. 2.75 hours in and 2.25 out at a brisk pace.

6 months ago

I would say the trail is easy to moderate at places. Every beautiful scenery and the lake is gorgeous. The fishing isn’t to bad.

7 months ago

We were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of this lake! Fun chill hike (gradual climb, we didn’t think it should be rated as hard) gorgeous waterfalls along the way, wildflowers and the crystal clear blue lake was filled with trout!! It was incredible! A little gem! Definitely worth it! I’d do it again in a heartbeat and very few people.

7 months ago

Great hike that has amazing waterfalls along the way. Saw more bear grass and other flowers than you can imagine. Just don’t forget it’s 10 miles but it’s really not that difficult.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Amazing trail, and great little trout streams... with a trout filled lake at the end!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Highly underrated, the lake is incredible and a shade of blue you can't quite describe. The hike in is manageable, not too challenging. Make time to stop and take in the views at the lake once you arrive.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Quite easy for the experienced hiker. Brings you to Otokomi which had breathtaking views. Don't forget to bring bearspray because the area is grizzly populair.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

You follow a creek up the trail to the lake, beautiful waterfalls, and the burned area offers an abundance of wildflowers. The trout are thriving, and there's a lot to see walking around the lake.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Beautiful scenery. Not too crowded. Not for inexperienced hiker.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Otokomi Lake was a gorgeous fall hike starting from the Rising Sun campground on the east side of Glacier National Park. The trail lightly climbs 2000 feet over five miles to the lake with a gorgeous waterfall and pools to swim in roughly halfway there. After the falls there's a good mile or so of hiking through a recent burn while the second half of the trail is littered with huckleberries. And the final mile of the trail walks over talus slopes. There's much to explore at the lake itself.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Not a hard hike. Few hikers on trail. Beautiful trout filled lake

Monday, August 22, 2016

Awesome waterfalls, tons of windflowers, little traffic, and a great early morning hike!

Monday, August 15, 2016

A moderate hike, very few hikers, beautiful views, a few waterfalls along the way, and a Glacier lake. Perfect for a morning or afternoon hike.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Waterfalls, lots of fish and a great campsite. Easy to moderate hike, we did cross a few small snow fields but nothing dangerous.

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