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Stunning short hike. Love the fresh water. Most likely will see mountain goats. Last time we were up there a male was charging humans. I witnessed it charge a male in our group and heard from four others hikers this had happened to them as well. Had never seen this before.

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12 days ago

- beautiful trail with great views of the valley and the basin (we will be back!)
- easy footing
- id place this on the easy side of moderate. Initial switchbacks from trailhead weren’t bad. Steep parts are as you hike down to the lake, so keep in mind you’ll have to hike back up those to get back
- well tracked trail, easy to follow, gets thin in spots but not problematic
- got to trailhead at 9am Sunday morning, parking lot was barely full
- parking lot was very full when we finished hike around 12:30pm
- bugs didn’t get bad til we were heading down around noon and it was starting to get hot
- birch lake itself is really nice
- dirt road to camp misery trailhead was uncomfortable but manageable in an Elantra
- bring sun screen!
- bring water for doggos, none on the trail for them until you reach the lake

BEST hike ever!!!! So beautiful! For sure a do over and yearly activity we will do when we come to Montanta.

Lots of switchbacks , but the lake at the end is the payoff , great views along the way !

Not sure what causes all the excitement about this trail. It's nice and the first couple of miles are a good cardio workout, but it's not all that great. Strawberry Lake itself also is nice, but not in the same class as nearby Birch Lake and Crater Lake. On the plus side, there are plenty of huckleberry patches along the trail, although unfortunately most of them weren't ripe yet,

Classifying this trail as "hard" is also a bit questionable. Yes, there's a fairly unrelenting climb for the first 2 miles, but it's not ever excessively steep. My guess is that the (confusing) trail description is part of the problem, since the trail continues on to Strawberry Mtn from the lake, which, if you took that, would clearly make for a truly hard climb.

By the way, at the parking area, there are 2 possible trails, and it's not obvious which to take. It turns out that they both meet again very quickly, with the difference being that the left fork uses a bridge to cross the creek, whereas, if you choose the right fork, you have to make your way through the water.

Of all my hikes in West Glacier, East Glacier, and Flathead, this was my favorite! The hike itself takes you through the forest for the first 2/3 then along the mountain side for the final 1/3 to Strawberry Lake. Needless the say the surroundings and views are incredible.

Bring Bear/Bug spray) I have hiked this trail several times and have always enjoyed it. The trail is well marked and easy to follow and is mostly shaded by tree's until the last 1/4 mile towards the lake. Lots of switchbacks and a steady upward climb to 5500 ft. Strawberry Lake is a perfect place to rest and have lunch before you start your hike back down. More then likely you'll see bears or hear them along this trail, especially during mid-summer. Carry bear spray, hike in a group and talk to each other.

Beautiful hike! Went with a group of friends and we are all not super fit, took us around 3 hours to complete the hike.

Not muddy or overgrown. Nice trail, lots of switchbacks. I needed to catch my breath a few times but the grade is not so steep that it hurts your knees coming down like some of the steeper trails. There was still quite a bit of snow around the lake. Not the prettiest lake but it was a great cardio session going up. No signs of bears. Saw several groups and families. Parking was a little crowded. Trail is mostly shaded. 2.5 miles uphill then a pretty much level last half mile to the lake once all the switchbacks are done.

It was a nice trail. Beautiful views. But when we got close to the lake, I was far away from my husband, and then I hear my husband yelling for me "are you coming?". After that, I hear the bushes moving and a trampling noise through the bushes ahead of me. I saw my husband down the hill making rustling noises too. I realized that I heard a huffing of a bear. I did not see the bear. But it came down to the trail between my husband and I. I made sudden advances towards him. That is when my man headed down off the trail into the brush to get some distance from the bear. It was scared, this is the first time my hubby has an encounter like this. We are blesssed to be alive. He was too close to that bear. I love him so much and I want to be with my hubby for a long time.

One of my favorite trails. Switchbacks are challenging but the views are worth it. Tried to hike it today but the top had too much snow to get all the way in.

Did this trail years ago with Wes and Sue. Camped and fished at the lake. Slid down the Glacier in July. I remember the bugs were relentless! Good memories.

Old trial is over grown and mostly obsolete. Take the paved trail that follows to creek

Cool Fall day, tons of bear scat, no bears!

hiking
11 months ago

I actually did this as a park of a out and back to crater lake. Highly recommend stopping here and taking a quick tour around its beautiful.

hiking
11 months ago

What a beautiful hike! The view of the valley and area lakes and river is breath taking. Birch Lake is a pristine lake that is beautiful! Fish were jumping the day we were there. Bring your fishing poles if that is something you enjoy doing!

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Great hike. Was definitely interesting there was a nudist at the top!!

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

It was an absolutely beautiful trail. Lots of wildflowers and adorable chipmunks. I only encountered a few people and the lake was small, but completely worth it. The smoke was pretty bad so you couldn't see the valley. However, there were a lot of beautiful things on the trail to keep me distracted. The lake was pretty and a perfect temp to pop in and cool down!
I didn't think it was that hard of a trail. I mean I'm a bit out of shape so I was kind of puffing, but I'm out of shape!

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Monday, July 31, 2017

This trail is amazing. We were there yesterday (July 30th 2017) and practically had the lake to ourselves. We probably saw Allison Frueh for a few minutes up there as there was only one other person there. The hike up is beautiful and if you look at the surrounding flora it is gorgeous. Huge patches of wild raspberries and huckleberries. I would not call it monotonous, the forest is gorgeous and the lake was refreshing on a hot day. It was great for our dog with a creek at the beginning and then another one where he could take a sip about 2.5 miles in. I

The trail itself is uninteresting & monotonous, but the lake is beautiful! Clear, cool water perfect for taking a dip. I was at the lake @ 3 o'clock on a Sunday and had the whole place to myself. Good thing, because it is a small lake and not much area to relax on the shore. The nagging flies drove me away prematurely.
I did see a black bear in the berry bushes 10 mins into the hike. He ran away after I told him to

Monday, July 31, 2017

Difficult hike for the weary but an unbelievable view of glacier from a side rarely visited. The trail is not highly trafficked and can be bushy at times. Don't succumb to high hopes on the false summits and when you get to the top you will pat yourself on the back with a big grin. Be very careful crossing road to get to the trail- esp July-august as visitors pour in.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

The trail offers amazing views of both Jewel Basin and Flathead Valley. Birch lake is quite the reward though. Beautiful water with excellent views. Limited water sources until you get there though so take note if you are bringing your dogs.
You can continue up the Alpine trail to 2 other lakes as well. Definitely recommend this hike!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Fun and challenging hike. Lots of huckleberries along the trail. Lots of elevation changes, and lots of flies along the path. The views are occasionally good, but mainly obstructed. The lake is beautiful, but small.

Perfect hike! The trail is in great shape. Amazing views, and best of all, a beautiful lake to swim in at the end. very much worth the work!

Monday, July 17, 2017

I really liked this trail. If you decide to go on to squaw lake or crater it is very over grown. We had to turn back around at squaw lake. But this was definitely worth the hike. Beautiful overlooks and plant life.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

This is a beautiful hike with great views. There is also a trail that goes around the entire lake. Not a difficult hike, and totally worth it!

Monday, July 03, 2017

A great trail for all levels of hikers. We had little kids with us and they did great. Great views of the Flathead Valley and just the right amount of people on the trail.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Loved this hike! Definitely some sketchy parts of the trail that were slick gravel with a huge drop off on the side, so not for younger kids. Gorgeous lake!Rainbow trout, waterfalls, and snow this time of year! Watched mountain goats sled from the top of MT. Aneas, and could see 3 other lakes at the backside of Birch Lake. One a bit lower that was fed from Birch lake, and then 2 on the other side of the mountain at the back of birch lake. Not to mention being able to see Echo lake, Flathead Lake, Lake Blaine, and a few others from the trail about midway up. Bring your fishing pole or even your camping stuff!

Hiked into Strawberry June 23rd, beautiful sunny day. Trail in great shape & beargrass in full bloom! No scat on trail.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Looks like they are trying to phase out the old trail; a large log was placed in front of the trail once it leaves the main portion of the park. I kept going after the log, and it was pretty muddy and there were lots of mosquitoes. You're probably better off sticking to the main paved trail that heads up the creek; it was easy and peaceful.

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