Elk Ridge

Swan Lake, Montana 59911

Elk Ridge

Elk Ridge Professional Review and Guide

"This route is very primitive indeed. It follows the bed of an old trail, no longer maintained, to a former fire lookout on Pot Mountain. Contrary to some maps, no trail ever existed beyond this point, and it is a tough scramble over some extremely steep pitches to reach the pass into Dolly Varden Creek.

This latter part of the route is quite dangerous and should be attempted only by experts that possess some rock climbing skills. The scenery along this ridgeline route is breathtaking, featuring excellent views of Silvertip and Pentagon Mountains, as well as seldom-seen Pot and Shadow lakes."

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Trail Information

Swan Lake
Nearby City
23.6
Distance
4,378 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Backpack
Duration
Best July through September
Season
4,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,720 feet
Top Elevation
Flathead National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Whitcomb Peak, Trilobite Peak
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018