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really enjoyed this trail, even if the stones make it difficult but interesting for running.
Very well maintaned.

23 days ago

Beautiful hike. We didn't get to see any goats, but the views were unmatched. As others have said, dress in layers. You come across all temperatures on this hike. It was difficult for this 49 year old lady, but the 20 somethings I was with did it no problem.

This is a great one! Challenging, rewarding, with awesome beauty. It leaves you speechless at times.

it's an enjoyable easy hike with great scenery.

pretty trail in September. lots of fireweed and wildflowers. hiked up to first ridge about .8 mi in and back because did an evening hike.

Amazing views all around. We aren’t in great shape so it took us a little longer than others. There were a lot of people on the trail; views getting there and back were just as beautiful as the Hidden Lake. Mostly wooden planks and then there are gravel trails. Some snow on the boardwalks but dries out around noon.

Did this hike today (after Ptarmigan lake and tunnel). The views are spectacular and the lake is amazing. Saw a momma bear and her cubs near the lake. An easy hike all the way.

hiking
23 days ago

Did this hike today (including the tunnel). The views are spectacular all the way up. Not very challenging to the lake, some easy switchbacks take you up to the tunnel (to be closed in 2 days!). Saw some deer, mountain goats and big horn sheep. Amazing scenery makes this hike one of my favourites!!

hiking
23 days ago

Great hike. Had a grizzly bear with two cubs in there area , we got some great photos ( from a great distance). The snow was still melting creating some cool waterfall that were falling over the trail, definitely need to use some caution on this trail. be safe

hiking
23 days ago

Wonderful hike with lots of wildlife. We seen a lot of Mt Goats and long horn sheep. The flowers were just starting to bloom.

hiking
23 days ago

The hike itself is a grind! If you are a mushroom forager there were plenty boletes along the first two miles. The payoff is a beautiful green lake. Chances are you won't see anyone else on the trail - we didn't! I made a video of the hike and wrote a blog post about it:

https://practicalvagabonds.com/bell-lake-trail-in-montana/

The hike itself is flat and runs along private property for about half of it. The hot spring is more of a warm spring and had broken glass in it. You will leave feeling like you need a shower stat! We blogged about it if anyone is interested in reading more: https://practicalvagabonds.com/upper-potosi-hot-spring/

hiking
23 days ago

Awesome hike with a gorgeous views

hiking
24 days ago

Hiked this trail over Labor Day 2018. Perfect day, 74 degrees and partly cloudy. About 2.5 miles to the waterfall/old mine which is a good place to break for lunch. Mild to moderate trail incline to this location. We continued to the lake and this is where the trail gets steeper, but the views on the way up and the lake are well worth the additional 2.5 miles.

Great hike-did not seem overgrown but clear - would rate as moderate

The trail depicted on the map is a road and is intended to drive on.

trail running
24 days ago

really good trail running and fantastic view.
https://www.strava.com/activities/1863820572

Amazing, wish we would have come to this trail first. It's definitely worth it.

You get to see water for most of the hike, the trail also starts out paved.

View from the bridge is also spectacular.

backpacking
24 days ago

Awesome trail, long hike but gradual climb. We stayed two nights at upper cedar lake and enjoyed the views from Dome Mountain.

walking
24 days ago

Great place to go with the kids or dogs. Great trails to bike, walk, or run and they are large enough to push a double jogging stroller. Easy place to access the river for teaching dogs to swim and retrieve in water. taught the kids to skip rocks and caught Leopard frogs. Only wish people would respect the trail and pick up after their dogs.

We did this hike on September 21st, 2018. After reading all the reviews to get there by 6am to get a parking spot we made sure to do just that! Well, turns out that this time of year getting a parking spot is no issue. We pulled into the Logan’s Pass lot just after six and there were only two other cars. We waited until sunrise to start the trail which was about 7 am. It was cold!!! 37° when we started. If you are going this time of year, wear layers! Bring gloves and a beanie. I recommend lightweight layers though that are easy to remove and throw in your bag because you will not need all the layers for the entire hike. It felt like we hit all the seasons at one point during the hike. We even got snowed on at one point but not enough to inconvenience us. It was actually pretty neat! Once we got to the point where we could choose to continue to the Chalet or do the .6 mile hike up to the Grinnel Glacier we decided to go up! Let me tell you, it was not easy going up and almost harder to come down but was totally worth it! The view from up there is breathtaking!! Once you summit the mountain and see the glacier, it’s super windy and cold but if you venture off to the left a little bit there’s a little spot in the rocks to hang out, get out of the wind and eat lunch with a breathtaking view of the glacier. Make sure you are well rested before you head down from the glacier. It’s a tough trek down. At this point we were extremely thankful for our trekking poles! Highly recommend bringing them! Once we got to the bottom of the trail and back onto the main trail we decided to continue on to see the Chalet which was less then a mile at that point. Very cool to see but it was all closed down and winterized at this point which was fine with us because we had plenty of food and water. This is where the decision making gets important. Because the shuttle is no longer running people back up to Logan’s Pass from the loop parking lot we had to decide if we wanted to continue the hike down to the loop and hitch hike our way back up to Logan’s Pass to our car or turn around from the Chalet and hike back to Logan’s Pass. Being as adventurous as we are and not wanting to missing anything we decided to do the “4 mile” downhill stretch to the loop parking lot. I put 4 mile in parenthesis because it felt like way more than that. We were absolutely miserable at this point. This downhill is extremely hard on the feet and knees and we had trekking poles! If we were to do this trail again, we would turn around at the Chalet and hike back to Logan’s Pass. Oh and in case you’re wondering, we were able to catch a ride from a fellow hiker back up to our car.
If you decide to continue down from the Chalet, be extra cautious of grizzly bears at this point. It goes through some PRIME grizzly habitat. We saw lots of their poop on the trail. Make lots of noise and talk loud. This brings me to another subject. If you are a wildlife enthusiast as I am you may be wondering what type of wildlife we saw on this hike. We saw 5 mountain goats and about 5 long horned sheep. I am a wildlife photographer so you bet I enjoyed seeing and photographing these animals!! If you want to see some photos from this hike I’ll be posting some hopefully in the next couple weeks.

Instagram: dave_zeldin
Facebook: Dave Zeldin Photography

backpacking
25 days ago

Great trail for our large group of different ages and abilities. Beautiful views of the Flathead valley on the way in, then when you reach Birch Lake it was a nice surprise. We camped on the peninsula, caught a few fish, and a few hiked in to Crater Lake the next morning.

walking
25 days ago

We stumbled on this trail while visiting Bigfork for the day. This was an easy trail with breathtaking views. There are multiple small trails off the main path that will lead you to boulders that overlook the river. We completed this in about 1.5 hours with multiple stops.

walking
25 days ago

Easy, ADA accessible trail. Shaded with large cedar trees. We were not planning to stop, but decided to at the last second. Good for kids too.

hiking
25 days ago

Not too difficult of a trail. Rocky right towards the top. Can be windy at the lake depending on weather. Took us about an hour and 15 minutes to hike up and an hour back. Beautiful views and fall colors are incredible.

Steep climb, great workout to the top. No switch-backs, just straight up but fairly short.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful trail, panoramic views. No bears, but be on the look-out for (very polite) mountain bikers. Awesome experience! Recommend parking one car at beginning of trail and the other at end of trail. Post-hike beers at Blackfoot Brewery.

Completed this trail 7/1/18.

Parking lot for main trailhead for ice caves was behind a locked gate, so we started our hike at a lower trailhead. Turned into a 21 mile day.

Hike was strenuous, including a short section over loose rock. The summit section is mostly flat, no ground worn trail, you have to follow large cairns to the ice cave itself.

Definitely worth the hike, beautiful scenery.

walking
25 days ago

You can walk around the several ponds or drive the gravel road. The snow geese migration is an incredible thing to see, even if you're not a birder! In the off-season Freezeout is a nice relaxing place to walk the dog or get in an evening run.

25 days ago

Exactly as described - moderate difficulty and traffic. Beautiful trail that is supper well
Maintained and more or less follows Cottonwood Creek..

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