Sky Lakes & Hanging Valley Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews
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Sky Lakes & Hanging Valley Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Libby, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
8.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3221 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 month ago

Ok so, I saw this trail and decided to give it a go to get to Hanging Valley Trail 135... we started on 137 Flower Creek and according to AllTrails and the Montana Forest Service maps it is 2.3 miles to the left turn for Hanging Valley. If you continue straight you start switchbacks and head up to Sky Lake on the left or sugarloaf mountain on the right (2 additional miles beyond the left turn)... we hiked up to where the GPS showed the left turn to Hanging Valley and there was no trail... at all... we searched... we continued up the switchbacks hoping to find a way across the creek and over to the other side of the ridge with no joy. Our travel plans were to Hanging Valley so we were forced to turn back as there was no cell signal to update travel plans. On our way out we spoke with a local and they informed us that trail maintenance has all but stopped since Montana outsourced maintenance. Trail to Sky Lake is clear but the map on this to Hanging Valley is incorrect and the trail does not turn left.

fishing
11 months ago

Lots of fish and the trail was pretty easy except the last mile which was pretty steep. Trail was well maintained

hiking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

With the traverse of the screw slope this trail should be rated difficult

Thursday, July 28, 2016