Trilobite Lake

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Trilobite Lake is a 15.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Gardiner, Montana that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking.

DISTANCE
15.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1899 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

views

wildlife

over grown

off trail

hiking
4 months ago

This is a hike you should probably only do if you backpack and camp along the Mount Holmes trail. The trail that splits of Mount Holmes trail and goes towards Trilobite Lake is almost nonexistant after the first 0.2 miles. It turns into an open meadow and your only way of guiding yourself to the lake is by following orange trail markers found on trees. These markers are spaced apart fairly far from each other and I actually got lost on this trail once when returning. Luckily, it is fairly easy to find your way back to the "trail" so long as you have a sense of direction on where to go. The elevation gain is also fairly brutal after you cross the meadows. The lake itself is very beautiful with since it half of it is surrounded by Mt. Holmes and you will have the entire trail to yourself. I also found the meadows, forest and mountain views to be rather beautiful as well. I enjoyed this trail because of its difficulty and ruggedness, but you will not like it if you are against steep elevation gain and there being no actual trail to walk on.