Hall Lake

Swan Lake, Montana

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The Hall Lake Trail provides a trip toward the crest of the Swan Range, to a high subalpine lake known for its fishing potential. From the trailhead, the route runs westward across the lowlands of the Swan Valley, passing among noble fir and paper birch on its way to the Swan Range. After a gradual climb of 1.5 miles, the trail reaches the mountains and passes into the wooded Groom Creek canyon. The trail runs upstream for a short distance before crossing the creek and turning northwest. It climbs steadily through an open forest of Douglas fir; the slopes above the trail were deliberately burned in 1998 to improve elk winter range. A backward glance now reveals the tall summit of ConKelley Mountain. Upon reaching the end of the ridge, the trail climbs into the Hall Creek drainage.
Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

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Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

The Hall Lake Trail provides a trip toward the crest of the Swan Range, to a high subalpine lake known for its fishing potential. From the trailhead, the route runs westward across the lowlands of the Swan Valley, passing among noble fir and paper birch on its way to the Swan Range. After a gradual climb of 1.5 miles, the trail reaches the mountains and passes into the wooded Groom Creek canyon.

The trail runs upstream for a short distance before crossing the creek and turning northwest. It climbs steadily through an open forest of Douglas fir; the slopes above the trail were deliberately burned in 1998 to improve elk winter range. A backward glance now reveals the tall summit of ConKelley Mountain. Upon reaching the end of the ridge, the trail climbs into the Hall Creek drainage.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Swan Lake
Distance: 8.8
Elevation Gain: 2,180 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Best July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 3,200 feet
Top Elevation: 5,380 feet
Local Contacts: Flathead National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Swan Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Hall Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

6/4/2006
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Beautiful trail but the directions to the trailhead listed on this site are wrong. The "unmarked gravel road next to the Alpine Chalet Motel" is now Fenby Lane, is partially paved, and the motel is now (and has been for some time) The Laughing Horse Inn. The actual trailhead is now (again, and has been for a while) clearly marked with milage markers to different points and several parking pull-ins have been carved out, as opposed to the nebulous "orange X" listed on the website. Trail is very well maintained, first creek crossing could not be made as spring melt is still occurring but I look forward to it later this summer.



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