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Sapphire Lake is a 11.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Condon, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 11.8 mi Elevation gain 3,595 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Reviews (23)
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Recordings (21)
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Ben Masley
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Hiking

Oh god please help oh god. It hurt so bad. Why’d we do this in one day. Why god why. Let the pain end

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Colette Brown
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BackpackingOver grownSnow

Spectacular for a one or two night adventure!! Beautiful scenery and no people. We hiked from Holland Lake Campground to Upper Holland Lake and then Sapphire Lake where we stayed the night on the northern edge on a piece of land jutting into the lake. There was a bit of snow getting to the lake but the trail is easy to find. It was spectacular - absolutely beautiful and majestic. We were there close to a full moon and woke up to the moon reflecting the mountains on the lake, which was one of the more beautiful things I’ve ever seen. In the morning we hiked west up from Sapphire Lake (not shown on this trail map) to the pass and then down the face of the mountain. The trip up is beautiful with a few forks in the trail without signs. The trip back via the pass required a steep ascent is covered in snow for most of the way up. If you can scramble up the northern ridge you have a beautiful 360 view. The hike down the front of the mountain is brutal. Almost three hours of straight downhill with a view for the first half. We will be back and I’d recommend this to just about anyone who can withstand the elevation gain!

jenn renshaw
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HikingBlowdownSnow

started recording when my watch died. this trail is the lower portion coming down from the Holland Connector trail from Saphhire Lakes. Lots of patchy, deep snow on top but not in the recording. Trail crew should be coming through next week to clear the several downed trees across the trail. fun trail, quick decent! Our entire hike consisted of starting at Holland Campground then to Upper Holland Lake continuing to Sapphire Lake, where we stayed the night, (still some ice floating on Sapphire) next day we hiked over the top to go to Holland Lookout and then returned to the campground via Holland Lk Tr. Getting up out of Sapphire was a little bit of a challenge, trail mostly covered in snow. We did it without spikes. Cooler weather so no bugs! very windy on top and woke up to 32° weather.

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Kelsey Adkins
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HikingIcy

Definitely a difficult hike in the snow, but well worth the view!

Duke Goss
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Hiking

Great day!! Only made it to upper Holland lake. Mosquitos were horrible!! Hike was pretty easy and trail very nice!! Little snow up top. Going back later in the year to camp. Some great spots on the way up!!

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Colin Bingham
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HikingSnow

Beautiful trail, tons of waterfalls if that’s your jam, if not, plenty of other views to take in. As of right now the snow gets full on within a mile of the lake, but it wasn’t very post-holey (if that’s a word). Lake was just beginning to thaw but we saw no fish in the openings.

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Amy McGehee
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Hiking

Beautiful hike and tough. I would say the listed mileage is wrong, as we hiked it and recorded 15 miles. Took 4 hours to get to Sapphire Lake (with breaks, but not many) and 3 hours coming down at a fairly decent pace. Well worth the work, but I feel that All Trails May understate the mileage. Also, lots of switch backs that you don’t see on the map. We started on trail at 6:00 AM. Perfect time! Would NOT have started later in August as the sun was intense by the time we started back down and I fully consumed 3 liters without hesitation, as did my hiking partners. Buggy, so you need bug spray. Several times on the footpath portion you will find yourself in overgrown places, so hiking pants were a must for me.

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Eric Rosenthal
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Hiking

Many trails are available from the Holland Lake trailhead, which is easily accessible 4 miles down a good dirt road right off of route 83. Do not try to find the trailhead by entering Sapphire Lake directly into GoogleMaps, as that brought me to the wrong place. The AllTrails directions brought me to the right trailhead, which has restrooms, but no water. It was fairly busy there by mid-day, mostly with folks taking the trail to the falls. Like most of the other reviewers here, I only went to Upper Holland Lake, which was 11 miles RT and 2753 ft of elevation gain. I am guessing that to get up to Sapphire Lake is much more than another 0.4 miles. That is a good thing, because that would be a short distance over which to gain another 842 ft of elevation. Very nice hike. The views of Holland Lake are pretty, and the hike brings you through varied terrain, sometimes along a creek with nice waterfalls. It is a steady, but not brutal uphill trip on a well maintained trail with only a little bit of overgrowth in a few places. Upper Holland Lake seems like a popular spot to overnight. I did not see any bears, but I feel like maybe I did see paw prints on the trial. There are many other trails in this area not shown on this map, and you could easily get confused if you don't have a more complete map. I relied on the AllTrails app and still ended up taking a wrong turn on the way down and had to backtrack when I realized that I had missed the bridge over the creek right by the camping area about halfway up.

Noah Robertson
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Backpacking

Very tough hike. Absolutely gorgeous. Saw a lot of animals and wild flowers. Enjoyed endless rainfall the first day. Couldn’t make it all the way to Sapphire lake and instead stopped at Upper Holland. Trail is well traveled and easy to follow. Recommend bringing a friend.

Stephen Stroud
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Hiking
First to Review

Great hike. We did an out and back stopping at Upper Holland Lake. The mosquitoes were bad the first mile or so so make sure to have bug repellent. The out trip is mostly up hill so it will take you longer going out than back. Views along the trail were outstanding. Upper Holland lake was very serene. 4.5 Stars.

Rachel Gordon
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Alec G.
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Tom Jones
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Katrina Stark
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Griffen Smith
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Morgan Leppke
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Geoff Groshelle
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Nancy Petrik
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Eric Rosenthal
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Alex Stone
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Kelsey Adkins
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Get Outside
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Jeff Brown
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