Turquoise Lake

HARD 10 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
11.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2486 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
20 days ago

camping
1 month ago

About a 45min drive off the highway for one heck of a beautiful hike. The trail starts out fairly unchallenging and then eases you into 14 switchbacks that walk you above and beside Glacier Lake. The views are just getting started at this point. You can see the wall of the Swan mountain range behind you and glimpses of waterfalls fed by Lace lake which is fed by Turquoise Lake in front of you. Once at the top of the ridge you begin to descend, eventually reaching Lagoon Lake, (don’t be fooled into thinking you have made it).Lagoon lake is stunning and where we decided to pitch camp for the night, however, to reach Turquoise you have to go about another 3/4 of a mile downwards, then up to find it. We dropped our packs and then headed on down to turquoise lake to enjoy the sunrise the following morning. There is a bit of snow once you reach your highest elevations but nothing hike ruining at this point. There will definitely not be many more weekends to enjoy this magical place, so get her done while you can :)!

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Beautiful & a good steady climb. New favorite!

backpacking
4 months ago

Great views! 6 to 6.5 miles to Turquoise Lake. Many huckleberries along the trail. The switchbacks are pretty gradual as you head up. Lots of goats!! Thunderstormed all night long, but waking up in such a beautiful place made it all worth it.

4 months ago

backpacking
4 months ago

Incredible views of both the Swan Range and the Missions!

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

backpacking
Monday, July 04, 2016

Hiked in Friday night of 4th o July weekend. Actually about 6.5 miles in. Hike is beautiful the entire way. Great overlook of Glacier Lake.

While everyone is enamored with Turquoise and Lace lakes, Lagoon Lake is incredibly overlooked. Camp sites are available at Turquoise and Lace Lake however they are right on the trail and not very private. More seclusion is available at SW corner of Lagoon Lake. Be prepared for a lot of mosquitos and a lot of mountain goats. Weather was beautiful so slept with rain fly off and got to watch the mountain goats all night long come up 5 feet from tent.