Baker Lake Trail

Bitterroot National Forest, Montana

Elevation Gain1,011ft
Trailhead Elevation7,012ft
Elevation Min/Max7012/7856ft
Elevation Start/End7012/7012ft

Baker Lake Trail

Baker Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Ravalli County, Montana. It is within Bitterroot National Forest. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 7,012 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,011 feet. The Baker Point viewpoint can be seen along the trail.

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Hiking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Scott Steinberg
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"This short and easy-to-follow route is a perennial favorite for hikers of all ages and persuasions. The trail provides access to a trio of beautiful subalpine lakes as well as an alternate—and arguably superior—approach route to nearby Trapper Peak (10,157 feet). This hikers-only trail is closed to all motorized and equestrian use. Please stay on the designated trail and refrain from camping and fishing along Fred Burr Creek until you reach public lands beyond a locked gate at the Bitterroot National Forest boundary."

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The first 4.6 miles to Fred Burr Reservoir is like a walk in the park - basically a jeep trail that climbs about 1,000'. Cliffs rise up 2,000' to the north and the views are spectacular. Unfortunately, I was too early to make it much further than the W end of the reservoir due to high, fast, cold water that was difficult to cross and a trail that hadn't been cleared. That, plus another group tried the same trip in reverse and found a solid ice field on the pass that made the trail impassible. But the camp ground at the W end of the reservoir is nice and level. I had the place to myself for 4 days until 12 others came into camp late Friday. It was noisy and crowded so I headed down the next morning. Great fishing and swimming! Use a bear bag and bring your deet.

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Trail Information

Bitterroot National Forest
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Bitterroot National Forest
Bitterroot National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute series: Burnt Ridge, MT; Trapper Peak, MT
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