Louise Lake

Butte, Montana

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A nice family hike to a high lake deep in the Tobacco Root Mountains. The Tobacco Roots offer many short hikes, such as the one to Louise Lake, that are suitable for families. Wait until at least mid-July for the snow to melt, however. We went in early July, and the lake was still partially frozen. From the Lost Cabin/Louise Lake Trailhead, Trail 168 switchbacks up for 3.5 long miles, mostly on “mall walk” switchbacks, to the lake. You hardly notice the ascent on these nearly level switchbacks. Carry your drinking water, as there are only a few water holes along the way. Louise Lake sits in a cirque with massive, 10,353-foot Middle Mountain to the south. The lake has a small population of large cutthroat trout that can be very fussy.
Hiking Montana

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Hiking Montana

by Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider (Falcon Guides)

A nice family hike to a high lake deep in the Tobacco Root Mountains. The Tobacco Roots offer many short hikes, such as the one to Louise Lake, that are suitable for families. Wait until at least mid-July for the snow to melt, however. We went in early July, and the lake was still partially frozen. From the Lost Cabin/Louise Lake Trailhead, Trail 168 switchbacks up for 3.5 long miles, mostly on “mall walk” switchbacks, to the lake.

You hardly notice the ascent on these nearly level switchbacks. Carry your drinking water, as there are only
a few water holes along the way. Louise Lake sits in a cirque with massive, 10,353-foot Middle Mountain to the south. The lake has a small population of large cutthroat trout that can be very fussy.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Butte
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1
Season: July through September
Local Contacts: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Waterloo
Driving Directions: Directions to Louise Lake

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7/1/2000
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Incredible trail, especially since I'm an Easterner and rarely see "real" mountians. The trail was very easy to navigate and the scenery was incredible.



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