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Awesome views and a great trail to hike! Certainly one of the best trails I have ever hiked!

Amazing wildflowers! Shade and blue skies. Bring a map for peace of mind.

Visited from Canada. We hiked to Twin Lakes which was very beautiful. My friend jumped in which was glacier cold. Bring your bug spray!

The trail doesn't get 'difficult' until the last mile or so. Even then, it wouldn't be horrible for an avid hiker. The wild flowers were beautiful and the trail wasn't all that busy. No wildlife except a few picas :)

19 days ago

The map of the trail they have is not the route I took so I am not sure if their map just starts a few miles in, but the hike to Crater and back out from camp Misery trailhead is over 11 miles.
Right now the wildflowers are in full bloom and just amazing! You get incredible views of the Flathead valley and although the parking lot seemed full, there are so many hiking options in that area, that I didn't even see another hiker.
The first 3.1 miles to Birch lake there is no water so make sure you bring plenty for your dogs if you bring them. The trail starts to get overgrown after Birch lake but it is still visible and easy to follow. It gets better if you just continue on.

Nice easy flat hike, great for an afternoon stroll, take some of the side trails for a view of the river and lake. We took the trail all the way to the paved road. We also saw deer.

This trail was our warm up before heading to Glacier and BOY was it a warm up! I was worried that Glacier would be a letdown after hiking this trail. It wasn't but hey Id never been! We chose to continue the hike at the top of Mt. and do the full loop which I highly recommend. We were there July 10th and the upper trail was totally snow free although the loop down the backside was about 40% snow covered. Luckily another group had hiked it earlier and we found the trail relatively easy. So worth it! The loop takes you through several distinct terrains from denser forest to charming little mountain lakes. Great Hike!! One note, the road up to the trail head was long, dusty and because we weren't expecting it, a little freaky with the switchbacks, washboard road surface and precipitous drops with no guard rails. Used to it now though!

27 days ago

28 days ago

1 month ago

Nice hike to do on hot days-lots of shade.

1 month ago

Oh my goodness, this trail has it all. I was worried about bears so I made a lot of noise and saw no wildlife. A lady I met on the trail said she saw mountain goats though. All of the lakes are spectacular. Crater lake it by far the best. So secluded and peaceful. The trail is a bit hard to follow and overgrown in just a few places. Coming out was much easier to follow and very strenuous. Well worth every step though. The views are some of the best I have seen. Do not sell yourself short and stop at Birtch Lake, Crater is well worth the extra hike!

1 month ago

1 month ago

very easy with kids. nice leisurely walk along the river. saw deer and people rafting

Normally I would rate this as a 5 because it is absolutely beautiful. However, today, the bugs, specifically flies were so bad that it took away from the experience. The minute you were still they were swarming you and it was super annoying. The only other downfall is the road to get to Camp Misery. It's washboard and dusty as can be. Besides that, this hike has some of the best views around, the wildflowers and bear grass are amazing and later in the season, there are a lot of huckleberries. Will still recommend it without a doubt!