Boulder Point and Boulder Lake

Missoula, Montana 59807

Boulder Point and Boulder Lake

Boulder Point and Boulder Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Boulder Point is perched atop 7,293-foot cliffs in the Gold Creek area of the Upper Rattlesnake Wilderness. Boulder Point was the site of a fire lookout until 2003, when the Mineral/Primm Fire reduced it to a few charred remains. From this summit is a spectacular view of Boulder Lake, the Gold Creek drainage, and a view across the forested wilderness to the Mission Mountains.

Past the point, the trail continues steeply down the cliffs to Boulder Lake. This 1 09-acre alpine lake is the largest among more than 30 lakes in the Rattlesnake Wilderness. The lake sits in a forested cirque and is the source of Gold Creek, a tributary of the Blackfoot River."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking Montana (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider
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"A day hike or overnighter into a high mountain lake in a lightly used section of the Rattlesnake Wilderness. In 1980, Congress established the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness to provide a place where water, wilderness, wildlife, and recreational and educational values are preserved. Boulder Lake offers all. This hike presents a stark contrast between land preserved as wilderness and land open to timber cutting. All along the 16-mile gravel road to the trailhead and along the first 1.5 miles of the hike, you go through an endless ocean of clear-cuts before escaping into the solitude of the Rattlesnake Wilderness."

Boulder Point and Boulder Lake Trip Reports

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This hike up to a ridge that runs north-south was a good walk even in a sporadic rain/slet storm that blew threw in the middle. Once you reach the ridge, it is really up to you to go as far as you care. That said, the views are minimal and don't change too much as you hike.

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6 hours
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