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Stanton Lake is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Essex, Montana that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, fishing, and fly fishing and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 688 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Fishing

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Maria Cross
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Over grown

This trail started off quite steep and became overgrown after the first mile in. Thankfully the bugs weren't too bad. The lake at the end is pretty with nice mountain views. The best part of this hike was the abundance of ripe thimble berries my daughter and I enjoyed picking along the way.

Julia DeVito
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Hiking

In most other parts of the country this trail would be 5 stars, but rating it relative to the other hikes in the area (glacier national park), its 4 stars. Went at 11 am on a Tuesday (8/11/2020) and saw only 10 other people. A very quiet trail and nice alternative to the crowds at the NP. Parts of the trail are narrow/overgrown but a very easy trail to follow. The first 0.5 mile is a bit steep. Beautiful views of Stanton Lake. We only hiked out 1.7 miles to a campsite on the lake shore. Round trip was 2 hours.

Jenna Swaney
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HikingBugsGreat!

Nice and easy hike for our pup! Some incline at the beginning, but not bad. Some bugs (bring bug spray) the lake was beautiful!

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Matt Vittal
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Hiking

Great easy hike to a beautiful lake.

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Andrew Sit
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Hiking

Great short hike. Pretty steep at the beginning

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Edwin Crues
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Hiking

This is a great family trail. Lots of huckleberries and thimbleberries. A great day hike with lots of great lunch spots.

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Shelley Stone
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Stanton Lake and its stream were a great reward. We hiked with our boys (youngest is 8 years old) and our large dog. They all loved it! They also enjoyed eating the wild raspberries on the side of the trail. We didn’t see much wildlife; mostly just squirrels. The trail is heavily overgrown in many areas, and it was muddy in several areas. There are many footpaths that lead to various parts of the stream or lake. We saw about 20 other people during our hike at 9:30 in the morning.

Bryan Sapot
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Hiking

Steep and very worth the climb. The lake is beautiful. My 7 year old did the hike without much trouble

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Ed OBrien
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Decent trail, nice view at the lake. Bit bush wacking at times.

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Michael Hill
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HikingBugsOver grown

A bit below 700 ft elevation but all in the first 0.75 mile. Path was pretty overgrown and would recommend pants. Not much point in following the trail to the other side of the lake. Pretty lake but so many mosquitos we bailed after about 2 minutes.

Brenna Merrill
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Hiking

Great hike! Intense on the calves going up and on the knees/ankles going down. A quick and beautiful hike, but definitely moderate.

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Penny Burnett
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Hiking

Nice kid friendly hike to a beautiful alpine lake. Our kids brought their bathing suits and had a great time swimming. The uphill at the beginning is worth it.

Angie McCrorie
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

Beautiful area. Easy hike for all levels. Please keep your dogs under control and within eyesight if you choose to let them off leash.

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Jenna McCrorie
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HikingGreat!MuddyOver grown

Great mellow hike! Couple short climbs at the beginning to get the blood flowing but nothing too serious at all :) Great to hop in the lake for a swim on a hot day!

Michael Cournoyer
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown
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Jolene Jones
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HikingBugsMuddy

Perfect trail to kick off the summer with my pup. Bring bug spray as most of the trail is covered! I started around 830 am which I also recommend because when I was leaving around 1130 after lazily lounging by the lake, tanning eating lunch etc loads of people were on their way up.

Real Life With Kids User
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HikingMuddy

Lots of mud, but the kids had a great time.

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Austin Todd
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HikingMuddy

the first .5 mile is the hardest, a few more steep grades that are a little tuff ( especially if it has recently rain) trails are pretty overgrown & muddy right now, but once you make it to the lake, it's totally worth it ..

Beth Jackson
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HikingBugsMuddy

Beautiful, less crowded hike near Glacier National Park! The first half mile has some pretty steep uphills. It rained yesterday, so there were a lot of parts that were very muddy and pretty slick as well. Part of the trail also had a small river running down it, so be prepared to get your feet wet if it’s rained recently. It is very shaded, but bug spray is a must. The lake is beautiful, though, and well worth the hike to see it. Also a good hike for kids. Less busy than the park itself has been, which was nice. Fewer people in the morning than at lunchtime, but still not crazy crowded.

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