Glen Lake Trail

Lolo, Montana 59847

Glen Lake Trail

Glen Lake Trail Professional Guide

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"Glen Lake is a high-country Bitterroot Mountain gem. Craggy granite spires erupt above the lakeshore. You’re not in the canyon bottoms anymore! The elevation of the trailhead is high, making this excursion less painful than it could be.

The Glen Lake Trail (232) offers big views down into the Bitterroot Valley and Big Creek, thanks in part to the 2006 Gash Creek Fire that burned hot through the area. The trees are scorched for the most part, but the understory is recovering nicely. You will pass a couple of large throne-size rock outcrops on a ridge you will cross during the approach to the lake."

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Day Hikes around Missoula, Montana (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"Glen Lake is a beautiful high mountain lake surrounded by steep, serrated, bare-rock cliffs to the south and timbered slopes to the north. The eight-acre lake sits in a bowl below the towering mountains. The trail steadily climbs to Glen Lake, weaving through the remains of a small burn area. The trail enters the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and continues through a lichendraped forest with larch, whitebark pine, and subalpine fir. En route to the lake are great views of the Bitterroot Valley and snow-capped Gash Point."
Hiking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Scott Steinberg
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"This trail provides a short day hike through burned-over upland country to an attractive mountain lake overlooking the Bitterroot Valley near Victor. Due to the modest difficulty and relatively short distances involved, Glen Lake makes a fine introductory hike for younger children. Very little of the surrounding forest was spared by the 2006 Gash Point Fire, whose 8,500 acres encompassed the trailhead, Glen Lake, and virtually the entire trail in between."

Glen Lake Trail Trip Reports

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When you get to the Glen Lake sign telling you 10 miles, in 2.8 miles you want to stay left. Trail head sits at 6680 feet, and Glen Lake sits at 7575 feet. Its a pretty easy hike if you are in fair shape. I average 5000 vertical per week climbing to the top of Mt Sentinal several times weekly. I could make it to the lake in about 45 minutes. With a group, plan on it taking 90 minutes to 2 hours. We had to cut through the snow in several areas. The lake is very small, sitting at the base of mountain. You will not get a view of the lake until you are within 200 yards. The edges of the lake were still frozen. We tried to fish, but had no luck. I am not sure if the lake has trout in it or not. It rained on us most of the way up, so we were wet and tired upon reaching the lake. We were able to get a fire going which was difficult because of all of the wet wood. My wife was able to locate some dry wood underneath some logs which saved the day. The lake is Beatiful, and the burned forest has a "Alice in Wonderland" fill to it as my 14 year old daughter described. I fully reccomend this hike for a fun family experience.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
Stevensville Ranger District, 88 Main St., Stevensville, MT 59870; (406) 7775461;
Local Contacts
USGS Gash Point; USDAFS Bitterroot National Forest, available at the Stevensville Ranger Station.
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