Lake Como Loop

Darby, Montana 59829

Lake Como Loop

Lake Como Loop Professional Review and Guide

"The Lake Como National Recreation Trail serves as either a convenient loop or as the first leg of a longer backpack into the Rock Creek drainage.

It's minimal profile, low elevation, and fine views of the Como Peaks make it a good candidate for earlyseason hiking in the Bitterroot foothills. You can hike the loop in either direction, but this description follows the trail in a counterclockwise circuit from the Lake Como Day Use Trailhead and parking area adjacent to the Upper Como Campground loop."

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"This popular recreation trail, circumnavigating a man-made lake built in 1905, follows a relatively flat but still challenging course along the shore. For those used to the ups-and-downs of most area trails, this provides a flatter track that can be tackled with relative ease.

Exposed rock outcroppings at the far end of the lake and a couple of sandy pits provide technical challenges, as do a couple of steep stream crossings. The path itself has a wider range of surfaces than most tracks discussed in this book. Intermediate riders will appreciate the chance to work on skills; for more advanced riders, two laps would make an excellent workout. Camping is available. Tread: Singletrack."

"Lake Como is a premier recreation destination between Hamilton and Darby. The lake, the largest in the Bitterroots, was named by Father Ravalli for the Lake Como in his native country, Italy. The 906-acre, manmade lake lies in a gorgeous glacial basin at 4,245 feet beneath the stunning granite spires of Como Peaks."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
4.0–5.0 hours
Best from May through July
Bitterroot National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute series: Como Peaks, MT; Darby, MT
Local Maps

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Oct 2018