Glen Lake

Victor, Montana

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This trail provides a short day hike through burned-over upland country to an attractive mountain lake overlooking the Bitterroot Valley near Victor. Due to the modest difficulty and relatively short distances involved, Glen Lake makes a fine introductory hike for younger children. Very little of the surrounding forest was spared by the 2006 Gash Point Fire, whose 8,500 acres encompassed the trailhead, Glen Lake, and virtually the entire trail in between.
Hiking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

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Hiking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

by Scott Steinberg (Falcon Guides)

This trail provides a short day hike through burned-over upland country to an attractive mountain lake overlooking the Bitterroot Valley near Victor. Due to the modest difficulty and relatively short distances involved, Glen Lake makes a fine introductory hike for younger children. Very little of the surrounding forest was spared by the 2006 Gash Point Fire, whose 8,500 acres encompassed the trailhead, Glen Lake, and virtually the entire trail in between.

©  Scott Steinberg/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Victor
Distance: 5.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3.0–4.0 hours
Season: Best from late June through September
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Lolo National Forest
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-minute series: Gash Point, MT-ID
Driving Directions: Directions to Glen Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

6/28/2014
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When you get to the Glen Lake sign telling you 10 miles, in 2.8 miles you want to stay left. Trail head sits at 6680 feet, and Glen Lake sits at 7575 feet. Its a pretty easy hike if you are in fair shape. I average 5000 vertical per week climbing to the top of Mt Sentinal several times weekly. I could make it to the lake in about 45 minutes. With a group, plan on it taking 90 minutes to 2 hours. We had to cut through the snow in several areas. The lake is very small, sitting at the base of mountain. You will not get a view of the lake until you are within 200 yards. The edges of the lake were still frozen. We tried to fish, but had no luck. I am not sure if the lake has trout in it or not. It rained on us most of the way up, so we were wet and tired upon reaching the lake. We were able to get a fire going which was difficult because of all of the wet wood. My wife was able to locate some dry wood underneath some logs which saved the day. The lake is Beatiful, and the burned forest has a "Alice in Wonderland" fill to it as my 14 year old daughter described. I fully reccomend this hike for a fun family experience.



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