Trout Lake Trail
Trout Lake Trail is a stunning, remote area of Glacier National Park that provides a challenging hike to anyone brave enough to take it on. The trail leads you up through Howe Ridge with a steep climb and then takes you through forested areas that were burned in a wildfire. These burned areas allow you to see small glimpses of McDonald Lake, and eventually, Trout Lake.
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Route Description for Trout Lake Trail
Trout Lake Trail is a remote area of Glacier National Park that is not frequented by many hikers. The beginning of the hike takes you on a steep climb over Howe Ridge. Once you reach the top of this ridge, there is a steep descent down to Trout Lake, where you will hike through forested areas that were burned in the Roberts Fire in 2003. During your descent, you will see the Camas Lake Trail, and you will take a right and shortly be on the shores of Trout Lake. After 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 Trout Lake Trail Trailhead
To get to Trout Lake Trail from West Glacier, follow the Going to the Sun Road to Lake McDonald Lodge and go left on North Shore Lake McDonald Road. Continue on this road for 0.5 km, and you will come across a small parking lot and the trailhead sign.
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