7 routes · Hiking
A stiff hike leads to a beautiful alpine lake popular with fly fishermen.
- 8.7 km
- 503 m
- 503 m
- 2-3 hrs
- Low Point
- 1.7 km
- High Point
- 2.2 km
The trail climbs 1,650 vertical feet in about 2.7 miles one-way. "The trail climbs steadily and consistently for almost the entire distance. Although it is rarely steep, it is unrelenting," writes MontanaHikes.com.
Similar to Golden Trout Lake, Lava Lake is a popular destination for anglers. The lake is renowned for "foot-long wild rainbow trout," according to MontanaHikes.com. And like other alpine lakes in the area, this hike could be turned into a short backpacking trip. This could also be used as the first stop on a much longer excursion deep into the wilderness.
The Big Sky area is renowned as prime grizzly bear country. Signs at every trailhead warn that bears are highly active in the area. To mitigate the risk of bear encounters, make plenty of noise while hiking, try to hike with a group of people, and consider attaching a bear bell to your backpack. Also, make certain that you carry bear spray with you every time you hike, in case you do get into an encounter with a grizzly.
Sources: https://www.visitbigsky.com/get-inspired/big-sky-stories/7-best-hikes-in-big-sky-montana https://www.discoverbigsky.com/best-hikes-big-sky-montana/ https://outsidebozeman.com/trails-tours/hiking-trails/lava-lake-trail https://www.montanahikes.com/lava-lake/
Hiking challenging trails where simple scrambling, with the occasional use of the hands, is a distinct possibility. The trails are often filled with all manner of obstacles both small and large, and the hills are very steep. Obstacles and challenges are often unexpected and can be unpredictable.
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- Water features