by Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider (Falcon Guides)
© Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
For a day hike: make base camp at Missoula Lake, just 1 mile from the trail head at Cascade Pass. You can drive to the trail head, or there is a trail from the campground. Wonderfully easy hike. If you are going late in the year, bring a little container to carry any huckleberries you might pick (and not eat!) The trail to the lake peels off to the right at the two-mile mark and looks like it goes the wrong way. The sign is old and easy to miss. (I posted a photo of it here ) So when you see the cairn at the intersection, it's time to go to the right. Be very careful on the initial descent; it's a little dicey. Fishing was phenominal!!! The weather was threatening, so I only fished each lake for 15 minutes. I caught three in the upper lake and four in the lower lake. They rapidly took my Renegade. When I threw in a worm on a bobber, they even tried to take the bobber! Got to watch a cow moose take a leisurely swim in the lower lake and the USFS guy told me he watched a bear swim the upper lake the day before. There are a couple of good campsites at each lake. The book says there is water at the Missoula Lake campground, but I found none, unless you want to haul it from the lake 1/4 mile away. Earlier in the year you could pull water from the creek. There is a vault toilet. This campground is remarkably well kept; I thanked the Ranger for that. Bring some salt for the deer that will come into your camp begging.
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