Bridge Lake

Big Timber, Montana 59011

Bridge Lake

Bridge Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A very long day hike or strenuous overnighter to a remote, uncrowded mountain lake, one of the nicest places in the entire Wilderness Preservation System that hardly anybody sees. Like trails to Silver Lake and Great Falls Creek Lakes, this route is long for a day hike or an overnighter.

Only well-conditioned backpackers could make it into Bridge
Lake in one day; on the other hand, it’s a tad short for two days. The upshot? Not many hikers go to Bridge Lake, so you’ll probably have it to yourself. The trail starts out with a serious upgrade for about 2.5 miles. Then it levels out for about 5 miles until you start the last steep pitch up to the lake."

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Hiking Montana (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider
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"A backpacking trip to a remote, uncrowded mountain lake, one of the nicest places in the entire Wilderness Preservation System that nobody goes to" Read more
Hiking Montana (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider
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"A remote,uncrowded mountain lake, one of the nicest places in the entire Wilderness Preservation System that nobody goes to. Only well-conditioned backpackers could make it into Bridge Lake in one day; on the other hand, it’s a tad short for two days, so make your choice." Read more

Bridge Lake Reviews

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8/31/2002
Rugged, windy, cold, and strikingly beautiful. This peak is hidden from view for the first ~9miles of the hike, until you surmount a ridge and the jagged ridgeline captures your attention. This isn't really a hike, more of a scramble that requires a detailed route description. W/o the description you will undoubtably encounter some lower fifth class terrain with huge exposure that will scare most hikers and force a hasty retreat. If you enjoy exposure and challenge this is a great weekend trip. Be sure to take a sturdy tent and be prepared for high winds and precipitation on Frozen to Death Plateau.
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10/5/2001
HIKING----PEAK-BAG. Difficult trail to a high and exposed peak. Not for the beginner, although this is a highly used area. Some mountaineering skills are required depending on season. Spectacular views and worth the effort for the seasoned hiker.
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1/1/2001
I thought the hike was very difficult. Bad weather can appear out of nowhere, be prepared for instant thunderstorms.
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Trail Information

Big Timber
Nearby City
20
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
Duration
USGS Mount Douglas and The Needles; RMS Mount Cowen Area; and at least 1 wilderness-wide map
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Dec 2018