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backpacking
13 days ago

We backpacked in to Baker Lake, camped and then went up via the Gem Lake Gully. We returned via the Baker Lake Ridge. The return has a steep decent close to Baker. Gem Lake Gully was a climb but not too tough. My 4 year old son did the whole hike to the summit unaided. The trailhead trail doesn't go directly to Baker Lake. We tried to head back to the trailhead after getting cached bags at Baker and we followed cairns that did not go back to the trail. We ended up getting lost and had to simply camp another night in the woods until the sun came up. We had to call Search and Rescue to ping our exact location and they said it is very common for people coming out of Baker Lake to miss the trail. Just made for an even funner memory. Make sure you properly find the trail if you head back via Baker Lake. This is a nice step up if your family has done some of the easier hikes around the area (such as Lolo Peak, St. Mary's and Cha Pa Quinn). Have fun!

hiking
1 month ago

It says it's easy but if you're older or have young kids this may be a little much. Steep in areas but short and sweet.

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of the best short hikes I've ever done. The first half of the hike is very steep but after that it levels out for awhile. There is one final steep push right before the lake but isn't nearly as bad as the first part of the hike. The lake is gorgeous with a great view of Trapper Peak. We looped around the lake which had a trail that was easy to follow. Definitely recommend.

Easy and flat. Great for getting in your first hike of the summer to test the old body out.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous lake at the end of a short and sweet trail. The views of Trapper Peak beyond the lake are unreal. Steep in places and the drive up takes a bit but so worth it !

Awesome views from the top... highly recommend going through middle lake and Gem lake and up through the gully if you're up for the challenge. Super fun hike

hiking
1 month ago

Easy. we're fat out of shape smokers.

very easy hike with beautiful views of trappers peak and the bitterroot. lake was warm enough to jump in!

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Great trail. Started at 2pm. First mile is very steep. I think I would rate as "moderate" especially if you have children. We had our 6 year olds who were troopers but definitely felt it up and back. After the first mile, trail levels out with minor elevation changes. Beautiful view of the canyon up to the lake. There's one more steep incline near the lake but not long. Saw some Yellowstone cut throats but they weren't interested in lures. Hiked around the lake which was beautiful. Hike back down was nice as well.

Loved this hike! The trail is steep but the views make it worthwhile, they are stunning.

hiking
2 months ago

All clear and ready for action July 15 2017. Reviews below describe the amazing trail but it's always tough for a local to know what conditions are like. Snowpack is completely gone from the trail this week. Only a few small snow banks off-piste but not on trail. Even the scree field at the top is clear. Stunning as always, hike away!

trail running
2 months ago

We had an excellent time on this trail. It certainly isn't conducive to running the entire time, but it was a beautiful and interesting trail the entire way around.

2 months ago

Steeper than I expected at the start, was also hailing on our way in, lake was still super cold, didn't catch any fish. Still super pretty, and beautiful and so green.

backpacking
2 months ago

It was a steep little hike but very worth it. The lake and surrounding area is like heaven on earth. The west side of the lake has the best spot to pitch a tent. Bring flies and lures if you are planning to fish. The fish are extremely weary so you have to be crafty to snag one.

Beautiful hike. The beginning was pretty steep but worth the effort. The water is cold.