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Turquoise Lake is a 11.6 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 June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 11.6 mi Elevation gain 2,496 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Note: The road to Glacier Lake trailhead is closed August 1-Sept 1, 2019. Please check with the park page for more information. Also, there are no bikes allowed on this trail.

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Reviews (54)
Photos (103)
Recordings (31)
Completed (89)
Jessica Nymark
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BackpackingBugsMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

Amazing hike. The trail is very gradual switchbacks until you get to about the last mile or so. Then the trail turns very "high-alpine" with rocks, snow, and some basically scrambling moves. Definitely need good, waterproof shoes with the melt-off, stream crossings, and mud still present on the trail. The trail down to the lake basin then has some lingering large but passable snow crossings and then does a steep drop to the basin (meaning a steep climb out of the basin). We definitely lost the trail for short periods so make sure you are paying attention. It is impossible to pass the creek coming out of Turquoise Lake right now, so we just scrambled up the rocks near the falls to get to the lake viewpoint. Beautiful, hard at parts, mostly moderate hike, but would definitely recommend. We camped at Crescent and day-hiked to Turquoise, which I'm glad we did it that way this time of year.

Tim Thompson
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Hiking

Best views we have had in the Flathead area. Road is good to the trailhead, trail is good out to 5 miles. Then it’s snow and snow melt running down the trail. Very passable but plan on some extra time to get to the lake.

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Anna Bruning
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Hiking

Did this as an overnight July 2018. It's pretty steep at parts, but so beautiful. There were a lot of flies in the morning, and a ton of mosquitoes at dusk. We had mountain goats running around our tent all night which kept us awake, but we didn't see any goats during the day. It's an alpine lake, so the water is freezing. I jumped in and it felt like the wind got knocked out of me, so I had to get right back out. Still beautiful though.

K Moon
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HikingBugsSnow

We did this amazing hike on 23 Jun. It was a beautiful day, the mosquitoes were out in full force but only in the beginning of the hike. The views were so beautiful. Once the switchbacks ended the snow was our next obstacle. We lost the trail and so we made our own. We enjoyed every slippery minute of our adventure. We didn't see any wildlife except for a gardener snake and some frogs in one of the lakes. We were so thrilled when we finally made it to Turquoise lake, which was still mostly iced over. The icy water didn't stop us from cooling off by jumping in. Our hike took us 9 hrs and 45 minutes only because we enjoyed every photo opportunity and the amazing views and we ended up with 14 miles on our trackers. I recommend poles for the snowy part of hike, a lot of water, sunscreen and bug spray. This is definitely one of the most challenging hikes we have done.

Michelle Reilly
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Fantastic hike. We went up 6/22/20 & although the last mile is snow, it's very easy to navigate to the lakes with a GPS. Turquoise and Lagoon still mostly frozen but should the within a few days. Just FYI, per Gabriella's review...this is designated Wilderness. No bikes are allowed.

Gabriella Geroulis
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HikingSnow

Very strenuous uphill hike in the beginning - slow and steady is my recommendation if you’re not a very well equipped biker. Snow still covered the upper half of the trail making it impossible to reach any lake - probably won’t be all melted until mid July. Still a beautiful hike and very easy descent. About 6 solid hours in total.

Fiona Jensen-Hitch
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HikingSnow

Hiked in October 2019. Did not do the entire trail because of snow, but would definitely do again in the summer. Lots of other lakes accessible from the trailhead.

Maya Goffer
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Hiking

5/16/20 - still a lot of snow on trail. Better wait till later in season to attempt. On 5/9/20 a heavy snowy patch on the road to trail head, about 2 miles from the trail head, prevented us from getting to it with our SUV. We had to turn around and go back home.

Rhetta Cypert
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HikingBugs

Buggy and a little sweaty on the ascent, fairly gradual but it wasn’t a walk in the park. Beautiful views and a gorgeous lake to swim in at the end. Camped at Glacier Lake 1 night, lots of nice camp spots - get there early for pick of the litter. Mountain goat evidence all over the place and we woke up in the morning to about 5 goats hanging out all around camp. Really wonderful.

Kayla Fratt
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HikingSnow

Hiked on 10/19/19. Trail was moderate and in great shape till Glacier Lake. Above Glacier Lake, we ran into progressively more and more snow until near Lace Lake, where it was icy with up to 4 inches of snow (and snowing heavily as we walked). Gorgeous hike, but unless you have snowshoes I’d say it’s probably done for the season. Trail was in fantastic shape other than the snow. Access road was no problem for my Prius C other than the Google Maps direction being wrong (go left at the fork if it tries to take you right towards a road that’s clearly closed with boulders).

Colleen Timmer
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Hiking

A spectacular hike. Very gradual ascent. The lakes are stunning!

Geri Rosenberg
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Hiking

A beautiful day for this trail in which we were the only hikers! The bugs are gone for the season, but your pants will get wet from the brush on the sides of the trail. Amazing views, steady climb, and crystal clear lakes.

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Todd Ondick
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BackpackingBridge outOver grown

Road closed; we entered via the "Annoyance trail", which certainly lived up to its name. However, we had the valley to ourselves. Great hike, terrible fishing, great time with friends. We will be back.

Ashley Wells-Wood
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Hiking

The road to glacier lake trailhead is closed August 1-Sept 1, 2019.

Mark Bolton
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Hiking

Spectacular! This hike has it all. The last part of the trail at Lace and Turquoise gets a bit on the confusing side, but we managed to navigate it.

Megan Roberts
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HikingBugsRocky

Great trail with stunning alpine lakes! I highly recommend less-experienced hikers (such as myself) download the AllTrails map because there were a number of times where the trail seemingly disappeared and we used this app to get back on track. Bring bug spray. Lots of huckleberries to snack on!

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Michelle R.
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HikingBugs

Road to trailhead is really bad. Tons of huge potholes. There is an outhouse at the parking area. Trail was very nice. A few areas were just a little muddy. Beautiful views. Coming back was just the right incline that it did not kill our knees like so many other hikes.

Breanna Harmer
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Backpacking

My boyfriend and I went the weekend of the 4th. We backpacked in to Heart Lake and set up camp then took day packs to Turquoise lake. We were advised to do this because there are limited spots up at Turquoise. I think it was a good idea to not have to carry our packs all the way up but it is an additional 1.5(ish) miles into Heart so maybe it evens out? If you’re camping at Heart or Crescent lake you NEED bug spray. Even 100% deer jungle juice didn’t save us.

Isaac Rowland
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Hiking

Very cool hike, would recommend.

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Tasha Martensen
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HikingRocky

Went and attempted this hike yesterday with my sister, cousin, and two of our three dogs! This was definitely ambitious first hike for the three of us and we didn’t make it all the way to the lake, but what we did manage was beautiful! I definitely plan to get in better shape, gain some more experience, and try it again!

thetrailbum thetrailbum
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Hiking

There are some potholes but regular cars can make it. Make sure you stay on the top trail once you get to the lake. The first lake you see is lacy lake, turquoise is right on the other side, it’s about a mile long. Enjoy! GPS has it at 12 miles there and back.

Rachel _.
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HikingSnow

The road to the trailhead is dirt and rough (lots of potholes) - would recommend SUV or other high clearance vehicle. As of 6-18-19, snow covered up the last few miles of the trail which made for some fun traversing with the downloaded map to help! This is a gorgeous, immensely rewarding hike and I highly recommend it. Bring bug spray.

kate baxter
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whoa! fall colors and beautiful lakes! my new favorite hike!

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