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

backpacking
7 days ago

This was my second time up to granite lake. I’m so grateful this place isn’t well know yet.

It can be a bit tricky getting there with the river crossings but it is truly one of the most beautiful Alpine Lakes in the entire Northwest.

If anyone gets the chance to bring a machete the last mile is covered in overgrowth.

Have fun!!

My favorite hike! The views are amazing.

hiking
12 days ago

Doable for experienced kids ages 7+, but there are some sketchy areas to cross, and the trail is very steep in sections. The view is totally worth it, and the water is refreshing! No fish were biting on our trip, but 3-4 groups climbing after us had their gear along also.

Out and back was about three hours, including 40 mins or so enjoying the view.

Such a breathtaking view! There is an awesome spot to camp by the falls if you want to make a slow trip of it! If you are brave you can jump in from a rock to a deep pool. Once you get to the lake, the views are ridiculous! We also saw three moose, so be ready to encounter wildlife:)

camping
19 days ago

Just got off the trail and absolutely loved it! The lakes are so beautiful and the hike up is honestly well tracked out. I would almost rate this as an moderate trail as there is really no steep sections and its just a slow gradual climb. Dont forget to bring bug spray! I didnt find the beginning of the trail bad but once you get to the lakes you get swarmed by mosquitoes!

There are a couple good campsites to choose from at both lakes. Definitely recommend doing this trail:)

hiking
21 days ago

Pretty steep on the way up, but every foot of this trail is beautiful and majestic! When you get to the lake, you will not be disappointed. And yes, there are fish up there!

26 days ago

The road in is good, and the trail is short to one amazing alpine lake. Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this on 6/6/18. What a gorgeous lake and surrounding mountains! The road to the trailhead is nice, I think it's maybe been recently fixed. There is no snow on the trail, and the lake is beautiful with some ice still floating around. The trail is definitely steep and there is quite a bit of rock scrambling up towards the top(more than I thought there would be) but it's soooo worth it. Mountain goats frequent the area all the time. We saw hair all along the trail. We only saw 3 up on the mountainside though. We had the whole place to ourselves. It's amazing.

backpacking
1 month ago

The directions from AllTrails got me where I needed to be. The trail head is a little ways up the trail so dont worry there. There are 4 river crossings that are ambiguous on location. On the first crossing there is a spot that is marked with orange tape. (shout out to the orange rope, you helped) DO NOT CROSS THERE. About 30 yards down stream there is a log jam you can cross to not get wet. On the 3rd crossing, when you get across, the trail seems to either go up a wash out or continue along the river. TAKE THE WASHOUT UP. We ended up with about an extra mile after backtracking so much. It took almost 5 hours to get up and 3 hours to get down. There are many downed trees as of right now. There was a giant deadfall about 3/4 the way up that you need to walk up the downed tree to find the trail again. Once you get to the lake its SPECTACULAR. There are 4 or 5 camping spots along the lake. "A" peak is humbling. It was definitely worth the headache to get there. Bring bear spray or a firearm as we saw a black bear on the way.

hiking
9 months ago

So….you were thinking that you would take a leisurely stroll to a beautiful alpine lake, exerting minimal effort. You might consider choosing a different hike for that. Don’t let the short distance to Leigh Lake fool you. If you think you will skip to the lake, wearing your Sunday shoes, with grandmother and the kids in tow, toting a picnic basket, you are surely in for a measure of dismay. You will work for every step on this hike. It is up, up, up, all the way! There are some rock scrambles to do, and there you will be, viewing a stunning mountain lake, surrounded by lofty mountains – but you won’t do it without paying for it in sweat and burnt calories.

I was lucky to have the sun shining, this fine Sunday. It melted much of the ice on the rocky parts of the trail. Even with poles and cleats for my boots, I did a bit of slipping and sliding. Suffice it to say, this is not wheel chair accessible. You will earn your Trail-Finding and Rock Gully Scurrying merit badges on this hike.

There is ice and snow on much of the trail. Make sure to prepare for it.

nice hike, trail hasn't been worked on this year.

camping
10 months ago

Decent hike but lots of brush and a few creek crossings. In a few spots it was difficult to find the trail due to washouts. Thank you to previous hikers that marked areas with rope and rock piles. Nice views when you get to the lake. The falls are a bit difficult to get to but worth it.

hiking
10 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous, scrambled up to Dome mountain which made the hike about 21 miles round trip. definitely worth It!

backpacking
10 months ago

I've done this trail a couple of times and every time I come up on that lake and see that peak it takes my breath away. If you have the balls to get in the water at the lake or waterfall you should do it. I went last weekend and had a blast

on Granite Lake

backpacking
10 months ago

This is a beautiful hike and breathtaking destination, although the reviews about the poorly-marked trail are correct. Apparently, after a wildfire along the trail, a large portion of the trail was moved to the opposite side of the river. There are four river crossings during this hike, but they are not always obvious, and sometimes the trail seems to continue when in fact, you should have crossed the river. The best advice I can give: if the trail ends and you have to start bushwhacking, turn around and look for an opportunity to cross the river - a number of hikers, myself included, built cairns (rock stacks), laid out arrows made of sticks, and tied orange rope (not tape) around trees as markers for crossing. If you keep your eye out for these, you will find yourself on clearly marked trails throughout the entire hike. The last mile is very overgrown, but still easy to follow.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful lake - definitely worth the short but steep trail up. On the way back down, we encountered a couple of Mountain Goats on the trail, which was awesome! I will be back!

hiking
11 months ago

Awesome trail. Great views. We saw 2 bears and a moose.

on Granite Lake

hiking
11 months ago

I'm sure the end destination is great, but this trail is VERY poorly marked and maintained. We got lost after a few miles, and wasted hours trying to find our way to the lake. We never reached the lake and had to turn back. P.S. The trailhead for this hike can be found at the end of Granite Lake Rd near Libby, MT. The U.S. Forest Service didn't even take the time to put any signs or markings at the trailhead to indicate that it's the correct TH for Granite Lake hike, and several other hikes apparently start from the same trailhead. Very annoying.

backpacking
11 months ago

Ok three of us backpacked in after three days in Glacier. It definitely is a good uphill trail but so beautiful! One thing that I didn't notice in the comments is how the goat hang around at night. That could just be because the weekend crowd gave them a lot of reasons to come into camp (pee) or they are around most of the time.

Just be aware if you stay the night they will come into your camp after anything salty.

All and all I think this is my favorite alpine lake yet. Short but gorgeous hike, waterfalls, and magnificent rock shelves. Get out there!

11 months ago

Awesome hike especially in the fall. incredible colors.

backpacking
11 months ago

We try to make this trek once a year and it never disappoints! I was surprised at the amount of fire damage on the first half of the hike but Mother Nature is bouncing back nicely and the forest appears to be very healthy. Most notable were the viewing opportunities of Granite Creek on the first part of the hike prior to the water fall. Now that all of the under brush had burnt away the viewing opportunities were plentiful. The top third was a little over grown but nothing a machete couldn't handle. Lots of good fishing to be had in the lake, next year we will have some pack rafts so we can venture to the south end of the lake and look for camping sites near the base of the waterfall. Awesome hike highly recommended.

A wonderful and breathtaking hike!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

recommend doing this with someone who has been before.
The trails are terribly overgrown and there are bear beds everywhere on the mountain side.
would love to try it again to make it to the top... dang it

backpacking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Firstly, I will say that my 5 star is actually more of a 4.7. The hike was a gradual and steady climb with only a few steep parts that were barely 100 meters in length. While shaded 90% and near Cedar creek up to the lakes, be prepared for the dry and exposed mile and a half up to the ridge. With a moderate enjoyable hike along the creek and breathtaking scenery at the ridge, the only downside to this trail was the mosquitoes at the lakes. If you are just going on a day hike and don't stay near the lakes for too long, then the bugs are not a terrible experience, however if you are staying the night as I did (7/8/17-7/9/17) I would highly encourage camping as far away from the lakes as possible. While the bugs eventually went away around 10 PM, they were sitting on the netting outside of my tent waiting to greet the pups and I. Overall, I highly recommend this trail as the sights are beautiful and the trail is a great experience however, don't be a fool like me and neglect to bring bug spray.

backpacking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

First of all, let me tell you how amazing and breathtaking the final destination is. Videos/photos won't do justice on how beautiful it is up there unless you see it for your self. There are 4 creek crossings that you'll have to do so be prepared to get your feet wet. The trail is really noticeable and easy for the first half of the hike. Once you have about 1.5 miles left is where it gets difficult. You're climbing most of the way up and the brush is over your head making it hard to keep track of where the trail is going. I had a trail dog with me so it was very easy for my group to pass on through. There was a wildfire that went through there but didn't damage the trail to bad. We camped at the lake for a night and had deer walk right through our camp and they didn't seem scared of us at all. I literally got about 3 feet from a doe grazing on some shrub which was awesome. Be sure to bring some bug spray because the mosquitoes and flies are bad towards the lake. Overall it was a wonderful experience and I will be doing this trip again next year.

Monday, July 10, 2017

We did this trail last week and camped at upper cedar lake. Steady climb up. It's breathtaking. However the mosquitos and flys were terrible. Worst I've ever seen here. We went up trail 360N around Dome mountain the next day and camped on the ridge line. They were a little better but still swarmed dawn and dusk. Still a lot of snow to cross up high. It's a fantastic hike with spectacular scenery.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

The roads leading to the trail are full of rocks, and very bumpy, would recommend a truck. I gave this hike 4 stars because it was so beautiful by the lake with beargrass and wildflowers, plus the lake is breath-taking. We encountered 4 adults and 2 kids on this trail, would NOT recommend this for kids though... The hike is only 2.7 miles, but it's pretty much uphill the whole way to the lake, and at some parts we were rock climbing. The way up is beautiful with waterfalls and flowers, and we saw hairs from the goats but didn't see any. We got lost coming down as the many trails confused us, but head down towards the waterfalls and you'll be on the right track.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

The upper half of the trail could use some trail maintenance as it is over grown with shrubs. the first half of the hike is pretty easy while the last half is a consistent climb to the lake. Their are 4 Creek crossing's with the third being the only one I had to out on my flip flops to walk through the water. the other three have logs going across to walk on. The destination for this trail is breathtaking.

fishing
Thursday, July 06, 2017

A really enjoyable hike. Went in and out in one day with my wife and daughters. Trail length is actually 12.9 miles not 11.2. Saw a few deer and caught a bunch of trout, cutthroat and golden cutt hybrids. Beautiful mid July day and it looks like there will be a lot of huckleberry s and thimble berries soon. some washed out stream crossings be careful not to lose the trail.Trail is overwhelmed with brush a lot of devil's club and stinging nettles. But many beautiful waterfalls.

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

This trail is very overgrown and difficult to navigate because of it. Consistently steep climb throughout trail, and a lot of climbing over large boulders and rough terrain close to cliffs. Because of this, I would NOT recommend this hike for children. Beautiful hike though, and well worth the hard workout.

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