Trout Lake

West Glacier, Montana

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This is a day hike or backpack from North McDonald Road trailhead to Trout Lake, 3.5 miles (5.5 km); North McDonald Road to Arrow Lake Campground, 7.0 miles (11km); North McDonald Road to Camas Lake, 10.6 miles (17 km); or Glacier Route 7 to Camas Lake, 13.9 miles (22.5 km). All distances are one way. The lakes of Camas Creek can be reached by a low-maintenance, often boggy trail up the creek from the Inside North Fork Road (which was heavily burned in the 2001 Moose Fire) or by using a well-maintained cutoff trail that climbs over Howe Ridge to Trout Lake, a route that is 3.4 miles shorter. Horse parties favor the former route because of its low gradient, while hikers generally prefer the latter.Trout Lake and even Arrow Lake are reasonable day hike destinations from the North McDonald Road, and overnighters can camp at backcountry campsites at Arrow and Camas Lakes. Because the trail from Arrow Lake to Camas Lake is quite hard to follow and crosses five major fords, it is recommended only for determined hikers. All waters in the Camas Creek drainage are flyfishing only; use of spinning tackle is strictly prohibited.
Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks

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Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

This is a day hike or backpack from North McDonald Road trailhead to Trout Lake, 3.5 miles (5.5 km); North McDonald Road to Arrow Lake Campground, 7.0 miles (11km); North McDonald Road to Camas Lake, 10.6 miles (17 km); or Glacier Route 7 to Camas Lake, 13.9 miles (22.5 km). All distances are one way.

The lakes of Camas Creek can be reached by a low-maintenance, often boggy trail up the creek from the Inside North Fork Road (which was heavily burned in the 2001 Moose Fire) or by using a well-maintained cutoff trail that climbs over Howe Ridge to Trout Lake, a route that is 3.4 miles shorter. Horse parties favor the former route because of its low gradient, while hikers generally prefer the latter.Trout Lake and even Arrow Lake are reasonable day hike destinations from the North McDonald Road, and overnighters can camp at backcountry campsites at Arrow and Camas Lakes. Because the trail from Arrow Lake to Camas Lake is quite hard to follow and crosses five major fords, it is recommended only for determined hikers. All waters in the Camas Creek drainage are flyfishing only; use of spinning tackle is strictly prohibited.

© 2012 Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: West Glacier
Distance: 3.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Local Maps: Camas Ridge East, Mount Cannon
Driving Directions: Directions to Trout Lake

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