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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.

Went hiking (no snowshoes) and was so happy to find a great hard-packed trail. Absolutely beautiful views and fairly easy trail for the first mile or two. We turned back from there, not wanting my dog to have to cross a small stream in freezing weather. Keep in mind it’s “Jeep only access” recommended for the last mile to the trailhead. A full-size truck would have been too wide and you needed ground clearance too.

love this hike! one of my favorites ❤❤❤

3 months ago

Went during the Thanksgiving break in Nov 2017. It was snowy and icy for most of the trail. Slippery without ice grippers for soles. The trail itself is not very challenging. A couple of good views and interesting creek crossings. It was a good place to get out to.

5 months ago

Easy n fun

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

This Island Lake Trail depicted is on private land and should not be in this app. The lake itself is not on private land, but right on the border between the ranch and USFS. There is another route from the northwest, available on topo maps, all on public land and you will be legal.

I've hiked this trail many times. The creek crossings are a bit dangerous if you go in early spring and the horse flies come out in late August but the butterflies, wildflowers and views are beautiful.

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

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!

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

I've done this hike up to Saddle Peak a few times, a great day hike.

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!

Not single track. Trucks on the road while hiking. Didn't realize it was a road and not a true trail.

I loved the views! Saw lots of wildflowers and an elk, the road up is rough definitely a jeep, truck of off-road vehicle needed to get the the trail head. Once you're there the hike is easy! Great fishing too, there's a little canoe that stays at the lake

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

Great trail, made my way up to Saddle peak from it.

Helena native, drove thru Elkhorn & got stopped by high rocks on the road so walked from there 1/2 mile to the Queen Gulch intersection. Hiked in late May and it was me and my bro out of shape (age 19,20). Snow and rain melt was peak, and we had to jump the same 6+ ft wide stream obstructing the trail 3 separate times, pretty gnarly. Hike up is alright, but lots of rocks on path make it harder, if I was in shape it prob would be piece of cake. Once we made it to the intersection where it goes to Leslie lake to the left, and to the top trailhead in 2 miles to the right, we were running out of time cuz we started late in the day and we had dinner planned that night; decided to just go to Leslie lake on the left (much shorter, 3/4 mile). 1/2 a mile in and couldn't get past so much snow that was too dangerous for us. Turned around. Such a bummer. On top of that I lost my special knife my dad gave me I was carrying somewhere around there, maybe at the lookout at the start of the Leslie Lk trail, or somewhere along the way where we got buzzkilled by the 3 feet of snow in our way. Overall about 6 mile round trip hike for us, good exercise, bummed but will try again in July or August. (If you go up there and see my knife, just email iosgameplay1@gmail.com to return it. It has a black handle, just under 4 inches, in a black leather holder)

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Monday, March 06, 2017

A little too easy for my Wrangler, but challenging in a Subaru. Love going to the Ringing Rocks though, spend almost every weekend there!

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Thursday, December 01, 2016

great place to ride snowmobile or UTV, dirt road runs along the West Side of Reservoir with plenty of spots for fishing or camping. Heavy use during the summer months.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Great hike, Ive been on this trail several times and enjoyed each time. This trail has a lot of switchbacks and steep sections. Hiking up to the top and seeing the lake is well worth the hike. Watch out for the bears along this trail ...

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Great shortie hike, ran into about 2 feet of snow at the lake but, great big views for such a brief (strenuous) trek!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Great trail! Strenuous but worth the hike :)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Beautiful, even in the wind and rain

great run for new people's to hobby of off road,can be done in most stock 4x4 rigs

Saturday, October 01, 2016


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

This was an amazing fall hike- colors were unbelievable!! Definitely up hill until you get to the lake but well worth it!

Monday, September 26, 2016

It was a workout but so beautiful!! Would go again.

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