Hall Lake

Swan Lake, Montana 59911

Hall Lake

Hall Lake Professional Review and Guide

"The Hall Lake Trail provides a trip toward the crest of the Swan Range, to a high subalpine lake known for its fishing potential. From the trailhead, the route runs westward across the lowlands of the Swan Valley, passing among noble fir and paper birch on its way to the Swan Range. After a gradual climb of 1.5 miles, the trail reaches the mountains and passes into the wooded Groom Creek canyon.

The trail runs upstream for a short distance before crossing the creek and turning northwest. It climbs steadily through an open forest of Douglas fir; the slopes above the trail were deliberately burned in 1998 to improve elk winter range. A backward glance now reveals the tall summit of ConKelley Mountain. Upon reaching the end of the ridge, the trail climbs into the Hall Creek drainage."

Hall Lake Reviews

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6/4/2006
Beautiful trail but the directions to the trailhead listed on this site are wrong. The "unmarked gravel road next to the Alpine Chalet Motel" is now Fenby Lane, is partially paved, and the motel is now (and has been for some time) The Laughing Horse Inn. The actual trailhead is now (again, and has been for a while) clearly marked with milage markers to different points and several parking pull-ins have been carved out, as opposed to the nebulous "orange X" listed on the website. Trail is very well maintained, first creek crossing could not be made as spring melt is still occurring but I look forward to it later this summer.
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Trail Information

Swan Lake
Nearby City
8.8
Distance
2,180 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
Duration
Best July through September
Season
3,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,380 feet
Top Elevation
Flathead National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Swan Lake
Local Maps