Kreis Pond Trail

Missoula, Montana

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Kreis Pond is an eight-acre pond that sits at 3,677 feet in the Lolo National Forest, a couple miles north of the Ninemile Ranger Station. The pond was developed in the 1 940s as an irrigation reservoir for 200 acres of local hayfields. Water diverted from the creek was dammed to form the pond. The reservoir is no longer used for irrigation. At a depth of 24 feet, it instead offers fishing for trout and largemouth bass from the shoreline or from small watercraft. Picnic areas and campsites surround the pond. The Kreis Pond Trail weaves through the forest to the pond on an easy, uncrowded hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trail. Head south into the ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forest on the two-track road. Curve right and steadily descend to a posted junction at .7 miles. The left fork loops back up 2.5 miles to the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) Camp, built for the Forest Service during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Continue straight and make a horseshoe right bend.
Day Hikes around Missoula, Montana

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Day Hikes around Missoula, Montana

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

Kreis Pond is an eight-acre pond that sits at 3,677 feet in the Lolo National Forest, a couple miles north of the Ninemile Ranger Station. The pond was developed in the 1 940s as an irrigation reservoir for 200 acres of local hayfields. Water diverted from the creek was dammed to form the pond. The reservoir is no longer used for irrigation. At a depth of 24 feet, it instead offers fishing for trout and largemouth bass from the shoreline or from small watercraft. Picnic areas and campsites surround the pond. The Kreis Pond Trail weaves through the forest to the pond on an easy, uncrowded hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trail.

Head south into the ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forest on the two-track road. Curve right and steadily descend to a posted junction at .7 miles. The left fork loops back up 2.5 miles to the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) Camp, built for the Forest Service during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Continue straight and make a horseshoe right bend.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 2.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-Round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Alberton
Driving Directions: Directions to Kreis Pond Trail

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