Five Lakes Butte

Superior, Montana

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Vehicles gain most of the elevation on this trip, bringing hikers to a trail that leads to a high rocky butte pocked with five lakes and a view overlooking the St. Joe River drainage. It is an outstanding route for those who like off-trail exploring in high alpine areas and fishing and camping near small, secluded lakes.
100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest

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100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest

by Rich Landers & Spokane Mountaineers (The Mountaineers Books)

Vehicles gain most of the elevation on this trip, bringing hikers to a trail that leads to a high rocky butte pocked with five lakes and a view overlooking the St. Joe River drainage. It is an outstanding route for those who like off-trail exploring in high alpine areas and fishing and camping near small, secluded lakes.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Superior
Distance: 6.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 to 5 hours or overnight
Season: July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 5,150 feet
Top Elevation: 6,173 feet
Local Contacts: Clearwater National Forest, North Fork District
Local Maps: USGS Bacon Peak, Chamberlain Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Five Lakes Butte

Recent Trail Reviews

6/24/2007
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I took my family to the area last weekend (mid July 2007). It's a long drive in, but the hike is very enjoyable and my 6-year old did great with 11 pounds on his back. We camped at Silver Lake. Fishing was mediocre. Swimming was fantastic. Same with Gold Lake, which we hiked up to on day 2. Huckleberries are flourising on the south side of the butte, and wartle berries were in good supply. Crowd was small for such a short hike. Two guys were at Silver, but only for one night. No other overnighters but us after that. Two fishermen came in just to fish in the evening. Bugs were pretty bad. Fire restriction is in place -stoves only. Overall - great trip for kids. Not too long, yet good scenery, swimming and berry picking. Moose and deer near camp. Multiple trees have fallen across the trail within the first half mile of the trailhead, though passable without too much effort.



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Apr 2018