Upper Geiger Lake - Lost Buck Pass Trail

Libby, Montana 59923

Upper Geiger Lake - Lost Buck Pass Trail

Upper Geiger Lake - Lost Buck Pass Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Geiger Lakes are definitely two of the more discovered spots in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. Easy access, good fishing, good camping, and nice scenery—it all adds up to lots of hikers.

But here’s a little secret for you and your pup, a chance for the two of you to enjoy this area without encountering a lot of fellow trail users. The majority of hikers come to this area via Geiger Lakes Trail 656. Very few take to the Fourth of July Creek Trail 115."

Upper Geiger Lake - Lost Buck Pass Trail Reviews

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I hiked this trail with my two Labs and a friend on a sunny day in the 60's. The first 2 miles up to the lower lake is on a moderate well traveled trail. This part is shaded. There are numerous camp sites around the lower lake. The trail up to the second lake is around a mile. It is somewhat steeper. Still a moderate trail. The upper lake although smaller is beautiful sitting below Lost Buck pass and Carney peak. There are rainbow trout in this lake. My friend caught two 12 - 14" fish while I made my way to the pass. Fantastic views of swamp creek valley, Lost Buck, and Wanless lakes. The view back down Lake creek is marvelous as well. To get to the pass you travel through a hemlock forest. Huckleberry plants are along the trail for most of this trip as well. By the time we went there were very few berries left. We hiked this trip as a day hike but to get the most out of it stay a night. This is definately worth it. I'll do it again next time with a huckleberry bucket.
A good day hike with time for swimming in both lakes, and going to the top and around to the north a quarter to half mile gives you a great view into Wanlan Lake.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,600 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
5 hours
Best late June to October
3,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,400 feet
Top Elevation
Kootenai National Forest, Libby Ranger District
Local Contacts
USFS Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, or USGS Howard Lake
Local Maps