Coquina Lake

Hamilton, Montana 59840

Coquina Lake

Coquina Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Perhaps as a precautionary measure against overuse, most forest maps omit the spur trail to Coquina Lake—but on the ground it is clearly recognizable. The round-trip makes a lovely day hike and is well suited for folks looking for a pleasant outing with good scenic value and fishing. Don’t expect much overnight solitude; a dozen tents may occupy campsites here on any given summer weekend.

Berthed in the evening shade of 8,984-foot Castle Crag, the lakes of Sheafman Creek reside in relative anonymity 10 miles northwest of Hamilton. The entire trail is pack-animal accessible and well suited for either a full day excursion or an easy overnight trip. In fact, the only real hazards are four wet crossings of Sheafman Creek; these fords remain negotiable during spells of high water, although in late June the current is swift and frigid enough to discourage any misstep."

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
3.0–4.0 hours
Best from late July through September
Bitterroot National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute series: El Capitan, MT-ID
Local Maps

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Jul 2018