Louise Lake

Butte, Montana 59702

Louise Lake

Louise Lake Professional Review and Guide

"A nice family hike to a high lake deep in the Tobacco Root Mountains. The Tobacco Roots offer many short hikes, such as the one to Louise Lake, that are suitable for families. Wait until at least mid-July for the snow to melt, however. We went in early July, and the lake was still partially frozen. From the Lost Cabin/Louise Lake Trailhead, Trail 168 switchbacks up for 3.5 long miles, mostly on “mall walk” switchbacks, to the lake.

You hardly notice the ascent on these nearly level switchbacks. Carry your drinking water, as there are only
a few water holes along the way. Louise Lake sits in a cirque with massive, 10,353-foot Middle Mountain to the south. The lake has a small population of large cutthroat trout that can be very fussy."

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7/1/2000
Incredible trail, especially since I'm an Easterner and rarely see "real" mountians. The trail was very easy to navigate and the scenery was incredible.
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Trail Information

Butte
Nearby City
7
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1
Duration
July through September
Season
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Waterloo
Local Maps