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Make sure to get a permit first, as mentioned by other posters. Think it’s a little longer than indicated, GPS on both me and my hiking partner measured about a 7 mile round trip. As others have said, last bit is very steep and narrow in some parts. Road leading to trail head was very rough, lots of pot holes. Oh, and did encounter a wasp nest over the trail at one point.

ass kicker

Awesome view at the falls. Definitely worth the hike! But from experience I would keep you dog on a leash the entire time while at the falls. My dog decided to go into the pools above the falls and as I was trying to save her I went off the falls myself falling 60ft down on 7/20/18. Be careful on the slippery rocks and algae. But a wondering hike that I would recommend to anyone.

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1 month ago

Went here in early June. Had to turn around after a quarter mile past mission falls due to obstructing avalanche debris. Got to the trail head in a low clearance hatchback with some slow and careful driving.

2 months ago

I love this hike. One of the most beautiful around. Although there is something about those mountains that gives me the chills. Be careful, mindful and enjoy

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3 months ago

This is one of the best hikes I've been on. The reservoir is a beautiful spot to picnic, camp or fish - which I didn't do, but if I had more time I certainly would have! The views are stunning. There are points along the trail where you can venture out to take in the expanse of glacier-like cliffs and forrest surrounding you from all sides. Totally breathtaking. I recommend driving an SVU to the trailhead as the road along the reservoir is unpaved with large, muddy dips in a few areas.

Need four wheel drive to get to trailhead

Need 4wheel drive to get up to trailhead. So beautiful and the water is so clear. Went Apr and still lots of snow.

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9 months ago

Trail is easy for about 2 miles, after that it’s a steep uphill battle.

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9 months ago

By far the nicest trail I've been on while in Montana. Great trail with beautiful scenery however it is currently, as of 10/21/17, impossible to get to the lake due to a high amount of fallen trees in the last half mile of the trail. The trail is definetly hard however it is rewarding and well worth the hike.

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11 months ago

Definitely a butt kicking all the way up and down the mountain; even coming down is hard on the legs but the lake is magnificent and worth the trek. Mission Falls is an awesome stop along the way. We put markers along the trail where it disappears and it is easy to get lost due to downed trees,
so hopefully that helps others wanting to not have to find their way off the beaten path. We tried to get to Picture Lake but lost some time when we lost the trail on the way up and decided to head back down... but not before we dipped in the beautiful FREEZING water.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

It's an ass kicker but goes by quick. Trails can be hard to find past the falls. Sometimes you swear that the near vertical path coming straight down couldn't possibly be the trail but it is. On the descent don't be afraid to use your hands to slow down or you'll probably end up using your face. Don't let this post scare you from going it's totally doable just be sure to go at your own pace... Unless being chased by a bear then let him set the pace

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

My buddies and I spent a weekend at Lucifer Lake and loved it. The hike up was no joke. Trekking poles are your friends.

A friend and I hiked up to Picture Lake from Lucifer and had a really hard time keeping to the trail (as if trails are a thing there), so on the way back I mapped it out using GPS. We wasted hours heading up, which cut off our goal of hitting the top of the Garden Wall. I don't want that to happen to you.

Below is the map in Google Maps, but I pasted the individual waypoints in to the description as well. There's a lot of walking along fallen trees and whacking through chest high laurel.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NPcvAW_4Z9QDtoBwvzyC613P4no&usp=sharing

Sunday, August 06, 2017

This was amazing & almost killed me. worth it!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

crazy ass trail but hella worth it.!!!!

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hiking to falls is not for little kids, the trail is narrow with some spots of no return. Falls are outstanding!! A must do for a nice afternoon with a beautiful destination.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

So this hike was absolutely amazing. To start off you need to get a permit to recreate on tribal lands. 13 dollars for a three day permit if your from out of state. You can get it from the gas station just down the road. The stats for this hike are wrong I believe, it gets very steep and is almost to the point where you have to crawl up. Definitely worth it though. Really amazing views

Saturday, May 13, 2017

not sure of the statistics for this trail only go to that campground that's trail side, but this trail elevates hundreds of feet and quickly. but it's well worth the effort and a great way to get some beautiful delicious and crisp water straight from the source. the second falls has a great out cropping with a fantastic view out of the valley. If you're in decent shape and not too afraid of heights definitely hike this trail a priority. Make sure you bring bear spray, i saw a 1 or 2 year old grizzly at the trail fork near the top.

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Monday, May 01, 2017

Hands down one of the most beautiful hikes I've done in Montana. It's got 2 waterfalls, a ton of green (late April) and it's pretty short. The last 3/4 mi is steep but the second waterfall is more than worth it. At the fork, you can also go left up to a little overlook or presumably to the top of the mountain. It's a nearly vertical climb though so be ready for that.

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Sunday, October 09, 2016

Certainly was not an elevation gain of 39 feet, after the first 1.9 miles or so it goes just about straight up to the top of the Falls. Definitely worth the hike, the view was gorgeous.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Amazing hike. Some steep terrain to be prepared. Worth the climb.

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Thursday, August 04, 2016

Awesome and worth it take it slow and take water and have good hiking boots as some parts of the trail are crawl up steep

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