Ten Lakes Loop

Eureka, Montana 59917

Ten Lakes Loop

Ten Lakes Loop Professional Review and Guide

"In 1977, Congress identified about 33,000 acres to be studied for possible wilderness designation in the vicinity of the 7,000-acre Ten Lakes Scenic Area. In 1987, an enhanced wilderness package totaling roughly 40,000 acres was proposed by the Kootenai National Forest management plan. Nothing official has ensued, but the area remains unspoiled and the route from Little Therriault Lake to Wolverine Lakes, 4.5 miles one way, remains a beautiful hike through a high alpine area that’s sinfully easy to reach. From Bluebird Basin to Wolverine Lakes, the route goes through forests and alpine meadows dappled with wildflowers. The peaks and ridges forming the high country around the alpine lakes are impressive, and this hike just skirts the edge of the protected area. Other opportunities range from day hikes and huckleberry picking to extended trips."

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"A long day hike or moderate overnighter (which could be stretched into a three-day backpacking trip) through lake-sprinkled alpine scenery in one of the last roadless areas in the Whitefish Range"

Ten Lakes Loop Reviews

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9/19/2018
I did this loop trail from Wolverine Lakes TH to Bluebird TH six years ago. The country is beautiful but the sinage is now poor. The trails are well maintained. My two dogs and I went into Wolverine lakes yesterday. It was a bright sunny day with a temperature of 36 degrees at 1100. We made it the 2.5 miles to the Lakes in under two hours. That portion of the trail is moderately easy. There was plenty of bear sign between scat and freshly dug soil at the lakes so we took a break and headed on towards Bluebird Lake. I love the country between those two lakes. High alpine basins full of alpine tamaracks that have turned gold already. There was snow along the trail in places. The views were gorgeous we could clearly see the Bugaboos in Canada from the high point between the two Lakes. We spent a very cold night at Bluebird Lake last night. I know when my 20 degree down bag is not keeping me toasty things are cool. It was worth it another glorious day dawned after I and my dogs melted the icicles off of us this morning. I decided to follow the Highline trail this morning. I packed up a very wet tent and we left beautiful Bluebird lake. I had intended to come out Therriault Pass down to Big Therriault Lake but could not find the trail. There are signposts at many trail intersections without signs. While I found the Pass I could not find the trail that dropped down to the Lake and thus we ended up backtracking a couple of miles to hike out little Therriault Lake for which we had sinage. Yet another pretty lake. The Highline trail drops steeply down to the backside of the lake. I would not recomend doing this loop in reverse as there seem to be steeper elevation gains from the southern end of the hike. Wolverine TH is higher and provides easier access. Little Therriault is a lake that has a W/C accessible graveled loop trail it is very nice. From the Lake we then proceeded to look for the connecting loop trail (Clarence Ness) to no avail there is no sinage now. We prevailed on a generous group of people camping in the area to give us a lift back to my vehicle. That 3.5 mile trail turns out to be much farther if you have to walk the road all the way back to your car. It was a great time and now I have a couple of more reasons to go back again.
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8/11/2007
The road is wshed out about 10-15 miles before you reach the trail head,but there are other hikes in the area. We did one of the lookouts which gives you views into the area.
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Trail Information

Eureka
Nearby City
10.5
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
8 hours or overnight
Duration
July through early September
Season
5,855 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,350 feet
Top Elevation
Kootenai National Forest, Fortine District, Murphy Lake Ranger Station
Local Contacts
USGS Ksanka Peak, Stahl Peak
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018