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West Lakes Trail, MT

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Rated  Favorite Wish List MT > Western
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Distance One Way 0 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,192 feet
Interest Perennial Creek
Dogs not allowed
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7  2017-06-28 friendofThunderg
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
Location TrailDEX, HAZ
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Preferred   Jun, Sep, Jul, Aug
Sun  6:20am - 6:36pm
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The West Lakes Trail is a lesser traveled trail in west Glacier that can take one to Trout, Arrow, or Camas Lake. The trail to Trout Lake is in excellent condition, but does travel through an area recovering from a past forest fire. The trail is known to be less maintained and more rugged from Arrow to Camas Lake. The trail sign states the area is prime habitat for moose and grizzly bears, so plan accordingly and adhere to park guidelines/suggestions.

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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.

Most recent Triplog Review
West Lakes Trail
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This was the second hike of my first day in Glacier and although unspectacular by most Glacier standards, I still found it enjoyable with some pretty good views along the way and a worth destination in Trout Lake.

The West Lakes Trail sees a fraction of the traffic that some of the other trails on the other side of Lake McDonald do. In fact, even with a late start, the only other vehicles at the small roadside trailhead when I arrived were those of the forest service crew that was doing some maintenance on the trail. As with most Glacier trails, the trail was in great shape, even with the first few miles traveling through the path of a past forest fire. The trail does start with a pretty good little climb to clear Howe Ridge, but then its a pretty quick downhill to Trout Lake. I had a quick snack at the lake and turned around.

Final Note

I chose Trout Lake because I thought the lower elevation and short trail would mean no grizzlys, as I was trying to ease into hiking solo in grizzly country. However, I soon found out that the area is actually prime grizzly bear habitat and Trout Lake was one of the locations of the deadly grizzly attacks that coincidentally occurred on the same night in 1967. I guess not the grizzly free warm-up hike I thought it was going to be.

Permit $$

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

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