Strawberry Lake Trail No. 5

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Flathead National Forest

Strawberry Lake Trail No. 5 is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kalispell, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,912 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

ohv / off road driving

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

snow

The Strawberry Lake Trail is a multiple use trail (Horse, Biker, Hiker) leading to the Alpine #7 north of the Jewel Basin at Strawberry Lake. The hike is strenuous and includes many switchbacks. The Strawberry Lake Trail is a steeper demanding climb with multiple switchbacks ending at Strawberry Lake, which is situated just north of the Jewel Basin Hiking Area. The trail is shared by mountain bikers, horses, and motorized recreation vehicles too.

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blowdown
snow
8 days ago

5/21/2020 Gorgeous views in places, but unfortunately a storm has wrecked the trail. We had to climb over/ under 87 large trees (one way). By the elevation of the lake, there was 5-10 feet of snow, making the trail very steep and challenging for the last mile. Still, a fun hike!

snow
11 days ago

Amazing hike. We did not make it quite to the lake due to snow but amazing scenery regardless.

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

19Apr2020 today was sunny and 58 degrees. My daughter and I live in the area and had planned on a quick anti-quarrantine hike up to Strawberry Lake. I don't think I researched it well enough before heading out. The weather sunny and clear but a little cool, with no precipitation in the last couple of days. Upon turning off Foothill Road we fond that Krause Basin Road at 48.168372,-114.029424 is CLOSED to vehicular traffic from 01April through 30June and again 01 September through 30 November. I was confused at first thinking THIS maybe was the trailhead, although the road was not physically blocked in any way and clearly had regular vehicular traffic on it. We decided to park along with half a dozen other cars there and start walking up the 3.3 miles to the actual trailhead. At the lower end where we parked the road was relatively smooth and dry, but became more wet as we hiked up. We saw a couple of cyclists coming down just as we started and thought this would be a great cycling trail. After the first mile, the road became muddy, and we soon reached old snow levels which weren't "deep" but more wet than anything. A couple of people had disregarded the posted signs and driven up the road but ended up parking on the side due to snow. This became more than we were prepared for considering we still had at least 1 mile to go before even reaching the trailhead, and then starting the 3 mile hike to the lake. On the way up there are a couple of spots with very good views of Echo and Flathead Lakes. A lot of previous hikers have noted that the last windstorm had blown many trees over across the trail which was still evident, but the road had been cleared before today. Even though we didn't get to the lake the part of the trail we did see was enjoyable for the day. We will he back!

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icy
3 months ago

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snow
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

I LOVED this hike. Our crew has been doing a lot of hiking this year (that's new compared to years past). We found this one to be relatively easier than others we have done so far. But that doesn't mean it was easy. We definitely felt challenged. The beginning of the hike seems to be almost straight up with a lot of switchbacks. I lost count how many. We did encounter snow in the last half-ish mile to the lake. The lake was beautiful. I was thankful I brought extra stuff in my pack to sit on because otherwise we would have been sitting in snow for our lunch. We did take our lab (on a leash) and we had 2 young children on foot and a baby in tow. We encountered some people on dirt bikes but everyone was cordial and shared the path. Incredible views. Thankful we did it..

hiking
7 months ago

Some trees and branches had fallen from the latest wind storm. As of Sept 29, it's snowing lightly and some is sticking on the trail. Not slick yet, but be careful anyway. Trail is decent, but due to a fallen tree on the road, we had to park about 1 km (.6 mi) and walk to the trailhead.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a beautiful fall hike. Wonderful views of the Flathead Valley. Lots of rocks and roots along the trail. We did not realize motorized bikes were allowed on this trail. We saw ten! Passing these vehicles was difficult in some spots. We counted thirteen switchbacks up to the lake.

hiking
8 months ago

Started at 3pm finished at 5pm on a Saturday mid September. There were a few other people but for the most part very little traffic.

hiking
9 months ago

This was a great hike! so many huckleberries on the way up!

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike.

hiking
9 months ago

First two miles were steep, last mile gives you a break. Overgrowth wasn't bad at all. Lake isn't spectacular but good for a short hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Like others said, the top was overgrown, but did yield some tasty raspberries. We were slightly disappointed by the lake once we got to the top, but the hike itself is a great challenge that offers some spectacular views and chance to walk among ancient trees and spend some time in a peaceful spot.

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bugs
over grown
9 months ago

Worth the hike but definitely wear long socks and bug spray. A lot of flies on this hike.

hiking
10 months ago

It was a little overgrown in areas, but overall a very good trail. Not very busy when we went. We started at 7 am. There were only 3 other cars at the trailhead.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike and beautiful lake to dip in. First 2 plus miles are uphill at a pretty steep grade but the trail is mostly smooth. On this warm Tuesday in July I shared the trail with about 20 other folks. Couple of runoff creeks on the way for dogs to drink.

hiking
10 months ago

Trail is in excellent condition through the switchbacks and then it's somewhat overgrown. Lake is a nice destination. There is a small beach area that would make for a great place to swim. Our dog loved playing in the water. The trail is not hard as alltrails indicates. I'd say it's generally easy-moderate because footings are always easy (very level trail surface). The only thing that makes it difficult at all is the 1900 vertical feet in 2.5 miles.

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bugs
10 months ago

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over grown
10 months ago

Beautiful hike with a great lake to swim in at the top. Gets a little over grown away the top but no big deal. I'd say it's moderately difficult rather than hard. Didn't see any animals.

horseback riding
10 months ago

leads to horse tie up. good for trailer turn around. riding trail leads off from parking area.

hiking
10 months ago

Good trail. Pretty easy hike with a great path. Lots of elevation gain then a straight shot to lake after 2 mile point. Saw one other person but started after 5.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail. Around first two miles are up from the very beginning. Not horribly steep. Pretty lake at the end. The views at the top are pretty cool.

hiking
10 months ago

Fun challenging hike for 50-somethings that don’t hike regularly. The views are great, there are a couple creeks and the last mile is lush and flat. Lake is beautiful. Lots of switchbacks.

hiking
10 months ago

shaded for the first half. more exposed towards the end. pretty lake! no bugs yet. it's a nice gradual elevation climb. nice smooth trail to hike on

hiking
11 months ago

First 2 miles are straight uphill, but views at top and lake are gorgeous, trail in great condition.

hiking
11 months ago

Lovely views, beautiful wild flowers, and we saw a lot of berry bushes. Good for dogs as well. It gets busier as the day goes by, suggest getting there before 10am. Even though it is rated Hard I found it very doable, although the countless switchbacks can be disheartening after a while. We are very inexperienced hikers and not in great shape and stopped once for 5 minutes. We saw quite a few children here as well.

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rocky
11 months ago

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