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Trail had snow on parts and a small lake from snow melting towards the last stretch of the hike that we had to go around but omg was it worth it!!! The hike and the lake are breathtaking. Even the drive up Portal Creek Road is breathtaking!!!! Was much colder at the lake so didn’t stay long. Definitely coming again to try to catch some golden trout. Lots of evidence of bears being in the area so be on alert!!! 06/23/2018

16 hours ago

Great hike! Made it to the top in about an hour and a half one afternoon, and the views are amazing. The rock “window” seen in pictures is just a bit down from the actual peak off the trail. Also would highly recommend Bear spray!

Wonderful after the rain. Wild geraniums and columbine.

Was told it’s a short hour to the top... count on more. But the view was worth it. Everyone else had bearspray (or a gun) so we felt nervous for awhile, but plenty others on trail.

Great hike. Kids did it well. Beautiful when we got to the lake

Really nice trail with the best waterfall at the end! Views from high up and right on the water.

Wonderful trail- all uphill for 3 miles. The rocks were somewhat challenging at times. The view of the lake was spectacular. Much easier on the return since it was all downhill. The river running by the trailer is beautiful and very serene. It took us three hours total

Absolutely stunning the whole way through. Very rocky trail, but worth every step once you get to the lake!

Gorgeous views! Great easy trail with a lot of places to picnic, even right next to the falls!

Super easy hike! Awesome for kids and family. Waterfall is great to see anytime of the year!

Love lava lake! Trail is very rocky. Lots to do at the lake like hiking around it, up to the ridge, or cliff jumping.

13 days ago

Wow I really love this hike! Definitely one of my favorites in the area. A good climb and amazing views at the top!

Great hike - The trails are well-maintained and easy to navigate. The scenery is stunning.

15 days ago

We hit the trailhead at 8am on a June Saturday and saw four people heading down during our hike up. When we were heading down, we saw a total of 47 people and about 10 dogs heading up. There are parking spaces for about five cars. All other cars park along the road. The trailhead is near a creek, but that is the last water you will see, so it is important to pack a lot of water for yourselves and pets. The trail has a solid incline and several rocky switchbacks with full sun. Not the best hike for anyone with vertigo. The view from the top is predominately to the southeast and southwest.


Fantastic trail, beautiful falls. Well maintained, nothing crazy with the elevation.

20 days ago

This is a great hike. I do this trail every spring to get into better shape for longer hikes as it has a significant elevation gain. It climbs a lot but it is also not too strenuous. Views are seen from almost every mile of the trail. The views of the mountains on the top are totally worth it. This hike would be in my top five list for recommending to newbies or visitors of the Bozeman area. In the afternoons and evenings during the summer season have a lot of people on the trail. Parking can be crowded, so I suggest carpooling if it is an option.

Great hike!

I hiked to the lake with intention of doing some fishing. My opinion is it’s hard to fish because there is no “shore”. Either trees or boulders right down to the lake. Beautiful hike and lake, it was worth the trip and would go again. Found out later that there are shrimp in the lake that the fish are feeding on, hence the reason why they wouldn’t take to a dry fly.

Beautiful trail along Cascade Creek to Lava Lake. We hiked this trail in early June and Cascade Creek was amazing flowing full of snow melt runoff. Lava Lake was tranquil and beautiful sitting below the snow-covered Spanish peaks.

The trail was very busy with people and dogs. Recommend getting an early start to beat the crowds.

my favorite, conveniently located trail for running. does get pretty busy on weekends and in the evening.

25 days ago

Not that it was a bad little hike, but the lake wasn't too great. Myself and a couple friends camped overnight and we sunk our food in watertight bags into the lake and when we woke up leaches were attached....Not that we had planned on swimming but I would advise against it. There are plenty of hikes I'd go back to but I don't think this is one of them.

Good hike and not too long. parts of the hike have pretty obscured views but overall it is a good hike.

27 days ago

Good hike. No snow now, and the incline is never too bad. The views are good especially at the top.

Very fun and easy hike. Amazing views and so cool to see the falls.

5/26/2018 Moderate to difficult hike with full gear for backpacking. Spent two hours after getting to the lake to find a nice camping spot far enough away from the lake to have a fire. The fishing wasn’t great, used worms, spinners, spoons, and improvised jigs but no luck. Also did not see many fish. Extremely difficult to get around the lake clockwise due to fallen tree and rock climbing. Was not able to cross the creek to get to the other side (counterclockwise) due to high water. It looked really nice across the lake, may be easier with less water later in the season. With all of this is was still a great hike, probably wouldn’t go with the intentions of fishing or camping again though.

Love this trail - the lake is beautiful, the hike up is awesome, with wild berries along the way, streams crossing. In summer, when it's warmed up, the lake is the best place to jump in & swim across for a "wilderness challenge"! One of the best in the area for sure!!

Nice hike. Trail got a little slippery because of snowmelt and a light rain.

1 month ago

Wow I really enjoyed this hike! Amazing views and a good variety of terrain. I recommend trekking poles and a good amount of time to chill at the top. Really good training hike for someone who wants to get better.

Loved the trail but be prepared for stepping over rocks the whole way!

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