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3 days ago

The hike is a little longer than it says, about 12.5 miles. Physically, the hike is not difficult but river crossings, route finding, and overgrowth make it a challenge. The water wasn't deep on any of the crossings this time of year. The last two miles of overgrowth was annoying but I wore a tank top, shorts, and Chacos and didn't encounter anything too prickly or itchy. I saw one black bear and no other people.

backpacking
5 days ago

Incredible destination! Granite lake lies in one of the most spectacular bowls in the CMW. Snowshoe peak, the highest in the range, is visible to the south. Meltwater from Blackwell glacier slides, cascades, and plunges over 1000 feet down the south headwall. But most impressive is the imposing, cathedral-like presence of A peak (yes that’s the official name). It’s jagged spires tower nearly 4000 vertical feet above the lake surface. This is understandably one of the more popular trails on the cabinets, and you will likely have company on wkends, but it is still downright desolate compared to Glacier. There are several campsites at the foot of the lake- but if your willing to put a little more effort into the day there is a lovely spot on an almost-island at the far southeast corner of the lake, at the end of a rough manway along the east shore. On the trail itself- being well traveled the trail is fairly easy to follow, except for the first and third creek crossings. The first is directly across from a rough cut chair someone cut out of a fallen log with a chainsaw. There is no nice big log to walk here so you may want to walk upstream a bit to find a better crossing point. The third crossing is potentially the worst for losing the trail as the trail definitely continues a bit after the best crossing point. Look for a small log across the trail along with a small set of cairns that direct you to a logjam just a few yards downstream from where the trail picks up on the other side and begins climbing. Parts of this trail are extremely brushy especially the last two miles or so. Also I am not sure what the 11 miles in this description is referring too but I don’t see how that can be true in any way- it is closer to 7 miles one way. Overall not terribly difficult- parts of the trail are quite flat actually. Can be done as a day trip (I’ve gone in and out in a total of about six hours) but the lake is nice enough to make an overnight or even two night stay worthwhile. Lots of small but feisty cutthroats!

hiking
5 days ago

Great swim spot, I had the lake all to myself on a Sunday.

Continual gradual incline - sometimes along the creek, sometimes not. Had good shade for majority of the way. Had to turn back a bit before the lower lake as a black bear was on the trail eating berries.

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rocky
scramble
13 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

gorgeous hike. we camped at upper cedar lake. lots of mosquitos when the wind wasn’t howling. nice flat camp spots in the trees. trail is is great condition, couple looooooong uphill spots, but overall, i’d say this is moderate, not hard. met quite a few people hiking in on sunday as we were hiking out, so it probably gets a lot of traffic being so close to libby.

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over grown
rocky
scramble
19 days ago

loved this hike. short but decent elevation gain so nice workout. pleasant hike all the way, different feel and some views. can hear creek the entire way. definately some minor scrambles over rocks in a few areas. easy to get to falls. looks like there may be a path up the left side of the creek from there but most go right. path seemed easy to find but after maybe 30 feet it takes a hard left. but at that point, wider trail looks like it goes straight. ended hiking up a bit of a goat trail I think. lake is lovely. bit overgrown on way in but easy to stay on path. enjoy!

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over grown
rocky
20 days ago

Pretty trail- took the #646 as described by previous hiker. Couldn’t find direct access to the lakes without bush-wacking. Climbed above the lakes for pretty views. Turned around at that point.

hiking
27 days ago

July 26th 2019. Wear good boots. Bring separate water shoes to make life easy crossing water. Bathed in wild flowers all around

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bugs
over grown
28 days ago

A really decent hike if you don’t want to see anyone on the trail, we didn’t see a sole. The trail doesn’t seem to be used much and it’s starting to get overgrown. Sometimes you can’t see where your stepping and trip quite a bit. Take a left at the sign about 4.5 miles up the trail. The lake is beautiful and a little cold. Take good bug spray if you want to hang around. The misquotes are pretty bad.

backpacking
1 month ago

Was a great hike.with tons of wildflowers.. ..stayed for two nights..if your staying the night be prepared for the trans highway of animal foot traffic..about every 10 to 30 minutes something was passing or checking out our area (sniffing tent..played with trekking poles) but definitely store your food ..dishes and such correctly and away from your sleeping area from these curious creatures .

hiking
1 month ago

Bring long pants to change into. Last bit of trail is over grown.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Beautiful, lots of huckleberry, but spent most of the time watching my feet or looking for the trail above the falls

hiking
bridge out
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

I am not in the best of shape but was able to do this hike in sneakers. I wouldn’t recommend that though. The last 2 miles of this hike is severely overgrown and you feel like it never ends. But, worth it once you get to the lake. As for the crossings, Bring some sandals and hike the pants up. I would also recommend pants and long sleeves. I’d say that’s a must have on this hike. Overall a harder hike.

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Don’t do this trail without bug spray. I’ve done plenty of trails in Montana and have never thought the bugs were bad, compared to other areas of the country. Should have listened to previous reviews, even with bug spray, the mosquitoes are relentless. Almost feel claustrophobic because they surround you. Lake is only 5.5 miles, but the last two miles are bug infested. And almost not worth sitting at the lake because of mosquitos. Two steeps part of the trail. One of them is early in the trail, but long. Gets better from there. Continuing up the trail to the ridge is worth it.

We absolutely loved this hike! Perfectly challenging with gorgeous views. We did the hike 6/22/2019 and we hit snow on the backside of the peak .5 miles before the end. So we couldn’t actually finish it, but still awesome!

hiking
over grown
2 months ago

this is a beautiful, fairly easy hike. my recorder said 12.2 miles RT. definitely wear long sleeves and long pants..... lots of devil’s club, nettles, and other assorted thorny things on the trail. 1st 3 of 4 creek crossings could be done dry with a little scouting, but i just waded and they were easy. no way around 4th creek crossing.... i got wet up to about mid thigh (i’m 5’ 10”), but it was easy to cross. lots of wildflowers and no bugs! people we met on their way out followed a young moose up the trail..... we didn’t see any animals.

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Trail is pretty uphill with rock scrambles. We didn’t go to the right lake about 2 weeks ago. We took a wrong turn. Someone spray painted on a tree which road to take and found the correct trailhead. The scrambles are kind of difficult and can easily get you lost. To the right of the waterfall there is a faint white arrow pointing you in the right direction. The most beautiful lake I have ever been to. Definitely need spray.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is definitely worth the effort for the end result..... one of the most beautiful alpine lakes I have spent the night at! As always, good boots that fit properly are essential on this hike. If you plan on camping at the lake, I suggest you get started early because there are ONLY a few places suitable (level) to pitch a small tent. We did not see any goats or bear but there was lots of white goat hair on bushes where we chose to camp. Had a visit in the middle of the night by something since I woke up to my dog barking. Just made some noise and whatever critter was there left because we had no other problems the rest of the night. I would NOT GO on this hike WITHOUT BEAR SPRAY though. Everyone should read the literature at the trailhead regarding the wildlife to minimize attracting the goats. The goats also can be fairly aggressive from what I have read.

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