Fish Lake Trail

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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2.5-4h
Distance
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8.9 km
Elevation
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408 m
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Fish Lake Trail is a mix between relaxing and heart pumping. The start of the trail takes you through a dense forest as you begin to ascend along Gunsight Pass Trail. After a workout, you are rewarded with the serene setting of lily-pad-covered Fish Lake.

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Route Description for Fish Lake Trail

Fish Lake Trail is a great hike for people looking to get a workout in and enjoy a relaxing hike. The trail begins at the Sperry Trailhead across the road from the Lake McDonald Lodge. You will begin to ascend on this trail as Gunsight Pass Trail takes over and has you climb through forested areas until you reach Mt. Brown Trail junction at 2.6 km in. As you continue, you will come across the Snyder Lake Trail, and you will go straight and cross over Snyder Creek. Follow the Snyder Trail down to Fish Lake. This is a great spot to enjoy lunch, but be mindful that the mosquitos can be a nuisance in spring/early summer. When you are finished taking in the views, head back the way you came as this is an out-and-back trail.

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Getting to the Fish Lake Trail Trailhead

To get to Fish Lake Trail from West Glacier, head northwest on Glacier Route 1 Road/Going-to-the-Sun Road toward US-2 West. After 3.2 km, turn left onto Camas Road and then turn right onto Apgar Loop/Lake View Drive. Turn left back onto Glacier Route 1 Road/Going-to-the-Sun Road and after 12.9 km, turn left. After 0.3 km, your destination will be on the right.

Route Information

  • When to do

    March - October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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