Deer Lake Trail

Thompson Falls, Montana

Deer Lake Trail

Deer Lake Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Are you looking for a quiet alternative to Cabin Lake? An alpine lake that you and your dog can enjoy all by yourselves? A place where you might actually be able to catch a fish, without worrying that your dog may scare them all away? Deer Lake might be what you have in mind. However, this lake is not attained without expending an incredible amount of energy.

Although it’s only a 3.5-mile hike, there are 2600 feet of elevation gain and most of them are between mile one and two, the dreaded “middle mile.” So, if you and your buddy are in top-dog shape, go for it. There’s a great little lake waiting, one that only a handful of rugged hikers and hounds have ever seen."

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Evergreen, MT
Explorer | 30 pts
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This trail is nice, what the guide said is true, extreme vertical not a whole lot of switchbacks. You hike up, up, up. Go later in the year unless you want to run into snow, there were still between 3 and 4 feet of snow a quarter of the way up. This trail is OVER 3.5 miles, or will feel like it, because of the vertical climb, an extremly fun hike, beautiful view, cant wait to fish it later in the year, take your time and leave early in the day. We spent the night three quarters of the way up and was still a good trip. Snow was fun to slide down, being its still got snow. You cross the creek two or three times. We only crossed twice because the third time the snow covered it enough we could walk across. Trailhead starts at roughly 3400 ft and the top is at 6400 ft so be prepared.

Trail Information

Thompson Falls
Nearby City
2,600 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
4 to 5 hours
Best June through October
3,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,928 feet
Top Elevation
Lolo National Forest, Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Headley, Priscilla Peak
Local Maps

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