Deer Lake Trail

Thompson Falls, Montana

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Are you looking for a quiet alternative to Cabin Lake? An alpine lake that you and your dog can enjoy all by yourselves? A place where you might actually be able to catch a fish, without worrying that your dog may scare them all away? Deer Lake might be what you have in mind. However, this lake is not attained without expending an incredible amount of energy. Although it’s only a 3.5-mile hike, there are 2600 feet of elevation gain and most of them are between mile one and two, the dreaded “middle mile.” So, if you and your buddy are in top-dog shape, go for it. There’s a great little lake waiting, one that only a handful of rugged hikers and hounds have ever seen.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest

by Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer (The Mountaineers Books)

Are you looking for a quiet alternative to Cabin Lake? An alpine lake that you and your dog can enjoy all by yourselves? A place where you might actually be able to catch a fish, without worrying that your dog may scare them all away? Deer Lake might be what you have in mind. However, this lake is not attained without expending an incredible amount of energy.

Although it’s only a 3.5-mile hike, there are 2600 feet of elevation gain and most of them are between mile one and two, the dreaded “middle mile.” So, if you and your buddy are in top-dog shape, go for it. There’s a great little lake waiting, one that only a handful of rugged hikers and hounds have ever seen.

©  Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Thompson Falls
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 2,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Season: Best June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 3,500 feet
Top Elevation: 5,928 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Lolo National Forest, Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Mount Headley, Priscilla Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Deer Lake Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/24/2008
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This trail is nice, what the guide said is true, extreme vertical not a whole lot of switchbacks. You hike up, up, up. Go later in the year unless you want to run into snow, there were still between 3 and 4 feet of snow a quarter of the way up. This trail is OVER 3.5 miles, or will feel like it, because of the vertical climb, an extremly fun hike, beautiful view, cant wait to fish it later in the year, take your time and leave early in the day. We spent the night three quarters of the way up and was still a good trip. Snow was fun to slide down, being its still got snow. You cross the creek two or three times. We only crossed twice because the third time the snow covered it enough we could walk across. Trailhead starts at roughly 3400 ft and the top is at 6400 ft so be prepared.



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