Akokala Lake

Missoula, Montana

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A remote lake filled with small, native cutthroat trout, secluded camping opportunities, and excellent views of Kintla-area peaks. The North Fork of the Flathead River forms the western boundary of Glacier National Park. Inside the park several lakes drain into the river, with Akokala being one of the smallest. This hike extends through typical North Fork country, with lodgepole pine forests and rolling ridges, but without the snowcapped crags found elsewhere in the park.
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Hiking Montana

by Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider (Falcon Guides)

A remote lake filled with small, native cutthroat trout, secluded camping opportunities, and excellent views of Kintla-area peaks.

The North Fork of the Flathead River forms the western boundary of Glacier National Park. Inside the park several lakes drain into the river, with Akokala being one of the smallest. This hike extends through typical North Fork country, with lodgepole pine forests and rolling ridges, but without the snowcapped crags found elsewhere in the park.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 11.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1
Season: July through September
Local Contacts: Glacier National Park
Local Maps: USGS Quartz Ridge and Kintla Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Akokala Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

8/4/2011
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We followed the described trail to Curly Lake, but also continued another 3.5 miles ending on Cataract Mt., an unnamed peak on the topo with an elevation just over 10,000'. First half mile, from the parking area, is quite steep. Beautiful short diversion to some falls along Curly Creek a little ways up. Horses have deepened the trail along the lower meadows, but the trail widens as the grade increases. Curly Lake is isolated, but not the prettiest lake around. If you have the time, it's worth another 3.5 miles to gain some elevation. You'll come to a trail junction at a prominent saddle. Continue up, towards Beall Lake. We saw some mountain gots up high. Come to another saddle and head cross-country to the right, up to the peak. Some spectacular views...and occasional cell phone reception!



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Apr 2018