Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails near Darby with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

trail running
5 months ago

Easy and very well maintained. Perfect for trail running.

7 months ago

Our group was age 13-48 and although the length of this trail is short we give it moderate rating. Trail is steep and rocky most of the way. The lake is beautiful and we all swam and hung out. If you make it to Baker Lake, keep going to middle and Gem lakes - not much farther and gorgeous!

hiking
7 months ago

Fun hike. Did in 2 hours 40 mins. We kept a good pace. Now back to Hamilton for a beer.

Easy, gorgeous hike! Did the entire loop last year. Currently camped at Three Frogs by the start of the trail. Going again Saturday morning.

This is a fantastic trail that I will definitely return to. I agree with the reviews that this is a great family hike, but want to add one little disclaimer. I was a little nervous in a few parts with my recently-turned 5 year old son, and I was glad my wife and I had our two year old strapped to our back. The drop-off is steep in a few parts, and you could tumble for a long ways. Like I said, fantastic trail — but wanted to give a warning to those with really little hikers.

Gorgeous trail and very easy. Beautiful to do almost anytime of the year. I went there in June and there was still some snow on the back end of the trail but overall very pleasant hike

Beautifully maintained hike with lots of variation in forest type. Bit of a stretch for the six year old, but we made it!

Hiked it with my 16 year old son, nice little hike

hiking
8 months ago

Really pleasantly surprised by the waterfall near the middle of the loop. Great to start and end at a beach on a hot day.

hiking
8 months ago

Walked this trail on the 4th with the kiddos and my elderly mother in law in a wheelchair. It was nice to have a paved trail for the first little bit so that grandma could enjoy a little of the beautiful outdoors. The kids hiked farther up the trail and everyone had an enjoyable time. Very easy with beautiful views of lake the whole way.

8 months ago

Easy because it’s short ... steep and challenging for the young, seniors, and semi in shape types of people ... take your walking sticks and camera ... views are great!

hiking
9 months ago

This is such a fun place! Great for swimming towards the end of the hike! Curious...any particular time there are not many yellow jackets? I love this place so much but there were so so many yellow jackets and my daughter was stung twice on the trail. I want to go when they are not swarming :). Gorgeous place and easy trail. So much fun!

Amazing trail.
1. $5 fee so have cash or check.
2. On the east side of the lake the water has washed out the trail. You can bravely venture across if you're sure footed (not recommended for kiddos, elderly or dogs who aren't water aware)...downstream 12 feet -ish there is a log you can cross (also not recommended for those mentioned above).
We had an amazing time on this hike and the waterfall area is worth every footstep. Gorgeous!

Easy to follow, mostly level, and dead gorgeous. Great way to ease in to the summer hiking season.

hiking
10 months ago

First hike of the season. I did the full loop and had a great time. The trail was a bit sloppy in places from the snowmelt but was otherwise easy to follow. Free parking if you go between Labor Day and Memorial Day. Including a break for lunch, it took me just over 3 hours.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Did this trail on horse back in summer 2016. Perfect!!

backpacking
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

I only went halfway but loved it.

hiking
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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.

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

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 !

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Easy. we're fat out of shape smokers.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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.

trail running
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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
Monday, July 10, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

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

hiking
Friday, July 07, 2017

Love this trail to the waterfall it gets a bit rocky but is fairly flat

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

Beautiful lake, lots of wildflowers. I would probably rate this as moderate if it were a longer trail, it's pretty steep the first half mile or so, but our 8 year old made it.

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