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South Fork Kootenai Trail #53 is a 1.25 mile one way hike with 440 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 27 miles southwest of Missoula Montana. Trailhead access is via a dirt road which is typically car accessible when dry. July and August are the best months to enjoy this hike.
The South Kootenai Lake Trail #53 branches off the main Kootenai Creek Trail at the intersection for South and North Kootenai Lakes at a little over the 11 mile mark. After crossing its outlet stream, the trail immediately passes the Middle Fork Lake of the Kootenai group and then begins a modest climb and contour to South Kootenai Lake. At the time of this description the trail to South Kootenai was overgrown and a significant blow down area right before the lake had wiped out a large portion of the trail.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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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.