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Fishercap Lake, MT

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Distance Round Trip 1.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,943 feet
Elevation Gain -20 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.7
Interest Perennial Creek
Dogs not allowed
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Preferred   Jun, Sep, Jul, Aug
Seasons   Early Summer to Late Summer
Sun  7:42am - 4:56pm
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Bullhead Lake
0.0 mi away
6.6 mi
240 ft
Swiftcurrent Pass
Swiftcurrent Pass
0.0 mi away
8.0 mi
2,367 ft
Ptarmigan Tunnel
Ptarmigan Tunnel
0.1 mi away
13.4 mi
2,508 ft
Iceberg Lake & Ptarmigan Lake Trail
Iceberg Lake & Ptarmigan Lake Trail
0.2 mi away
12.8 mi
2,441 ft
The Grinnell Complex
0.3 mi away
9.0 mi
Swiftcurrent Nature Trail
0.3 mi away
2.5 mi
Grinnell Glacier-High Lake Viewpoint TR
Grinnell Glacier-High Lake Viewpoint TR
0.5 mi away
11.0 mi
1,825 ft
Piegan Pass
1.0 mi away
16.9 mi
3,347 ft
Cracker Lake
Cracker Lake
1.0 mi away
12.5 mi
1,384 ft
Red Rock Lake and Falls
Red Rock Lake and Falls
1.5 mi away
4.5 mi
140 ft
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Better odds of catching a moose than a fish.
by tibber

This is an easy and relatively flat hike that is less than a mile from the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn parking lot.

The 12-acre shallow, clear glacial lake is fairly scenic with Mount Grinnell to the south and Mount Wilbur to the west. The big attraction here is moose. If you get there early enough, you're bound to see a bull moose and maybe even a group of moose feeding on the grass in the shallow areas of the lake.


There is a mildly steep section less than a half-mile from the trailhead. The hike takes you through a pine forest and then there is an inconspicuous sign on your left that leads down a path to the lake. You could continue walking on to Red Rock Lake and not even know you were passing by Fishercap Lake.

If you're lucky, you'll get to see a moose. If not, just soak it up for a bit before continuing your day.

If you're an angler, you'll need waders. There are lots of small brook trout for your dinner.

Last, remember this is bear country so keep that in mind.

The NPS does have guided tours that come out to Fishercap Lake. It could be the Early Morning Bird Walk, the Wildflower Walk or the Nature Walk. You can check online before you go or check at any of the hotels or visitors center ranger booths.

tibber
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Glacier National Park
$30 per car(week), $12 bike/foot(week), $50 annual View Current Entrance Fees


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From Hiway 2 at Browning, take Hiwy 89 - 35 miles to Babb. From Hiway 2 at East Glacier, come into the Park (north), take Hiwy 49 (Kiowa Loop - scenic but not in the best shape) - 39 miles to Babb which is north past St Mary. Fron Hiway 2 at West Glacier, come into the Park and follow the Going to the Sun Road to St Mary. Turn left on Hiwy 89 toward Babb. Turn left at the Many Glacier Road.

You will be heading for Many Glacier. From Babb, proceed west (toward the mountains) approximately 12.8 miles into Glacier National Park (you will pass the Many Glacier Hotel turnoff). You will see signage and the Swiftcurrent Motor inn will be on your right. You can take either TH (next to the motel or west of the parking lot) but remember to keep heading west or you'll end up going on the Iceberg/Ptarmigan trail.
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