Lake Isabel is a hiking trail in Flathead County, Montana. It is within Glacier National Park. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 4,763 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,070 feet. The trail ends near the Upper Park Creek and Lake Isabel camp sites.
Lake Isabel Professional Reviews and Guides
"An extended backpacking trip over magnificent Two Medicine Pass to one of the most remote lakes in Glacier National Park.The thought of Glacier National Park often conjures up images of bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Going-to-the-Sun Road or people on every trail; Hidden Lake (on Logan Pass) doesn’t seem so hidden and wildlife not so wild. Much of the park is truly wild, however, and you only have to get off the beaten path to experience it. There are three ways to get away from the crowds. First, go somewhere no one wants to go. Second, go somewhere few people know about. Third, go somewhere that is too hard for most people to go.The third philosophy works for this hike."
--Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider, Hiking Montana (Falcon Guides).
"This is a backpack from Walton Ranger Station to Lake Isabel, 16.9 miles (27 km) one way.Lake Isabel is a subalpine cirque lake that sits at the base of Vigil Peak. Because the trail to the lake is long and somewhat tedious, the lake receives few visitors and thus is a prime destination for hikers seeking solitude. A trail connects the Park Creek Trail with the Two Medicine country via Two Medicine Pass, providing interesting options for backpackers with extended itineraries. Lake Isabel can also be accessed by a shorter route from Two Medicine via Cobalt Lake.The trail begins at the Walton Ranger Station and follows the South Boundary Trail for 3.2 miles as it climbs the hillsides above the Middle Fork of the Flathead. The snowy Flathead Range can be seen to the south through openings in the forest. The trail descends gently to the flat top of a high bluff overlooking the river and passes among the huge boles of old-growth larches and Douglas firs before turning east up the Park Creek Valley."
--Erik Molvar, Hiking Glacier and Waterton Lakes National Parks (Falcon Guides).
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