Boulder Lakes

Missoula, Montana

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A day hike or overnighter into a lush lake basin. You used to be able to drive 1.5 miles up FR 7229 to the trailhead, but in recent years this section has been closed to vehicles to protect grizzly bear habitat. It is about 13.5 miles from FR92 to Boulder Lakes Trailhead. If you want to see a subalpine lake without vehicle access, this may be the easiest hike you could take. It’s only 1.5 miles to the Lower Boulder Lake along a slight incline—about 440 feet of elevation gain. The trail is well maintained, and it stays in the woods most of the way. At 2.6 miles, just before the lake, the trail forks.
Hiking Montana

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Hiking Montana

by Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider (Falcon Guides)

A day hike or overnighter into a lush lake basin.

You used to be able to drive 1.5 miles up FR 7229 to the trailhead, but in recent years this section has been closed to vehicles to protect grizzly bear habitat. It is about 13.5 miles from FR92 to Boulder Lakes Trailhead.

If you want to see a subalpine lake without vehicle access, this may be the easiest hike you could take. It’s only 1.5 miles to the Lower Boulder Lake along a slight incline—about 440 feet of elevation gain. The trail is well maintained, and it stays in the woods most of the way. At 2.6 miles, just before the lake, the trail forks.

©  Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 10.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1
Season: July through September
Local Contacts: Kootenai National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Boulder Lakes
Driving Directions: Directions to Boulder Lakes

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