Adventurer | 481 pts
We really like this hike. Its not to difficult and the private lake at the top is a great payoff. I would warn of a couple things. Once your on Lolo Pass and you turn on FR1485 the road splits, you want to bear right and go over the one lane bridge. Also, the last 1.5 miles of the road going up are gravel, one lane with few good pull-offs. Also there are a bunch of down branches that have not been cleared very well. Had I known this in advance I would have taken the SUV. I was able to get my Honda Accord up there, but when a car came in the other direction it was difficult to get far enough of the road with a car that low.
Also, I easily received a dozen mosquito bites, and was swarmed by some big bee size black flies once a the top. I would wear a long sleeved shirt. The trail itself is washed out in a couple places, and in a few spots you have to walk in up to 6 inches of water.
Finally we went in mid July and there was still several feet of snow at the top. The trail itself cannot be found but some one put up pink flags in the trees to lead you to the lake. Be careful and pay attention to the flags going up and coming back. they are not real easy to follow.
It was a mini-adventure.