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Lava Lake Trail

 4.9 (7)

Length


2.9 Miles 4.6 Kilometers


1,636' 499 m

Ascent

-45' -14 m

Descent

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

7,113' 2,168 m

High

5,522' 1,683 m

Low

Shared By samh Haraldson

Conditions


Minor Issues 96 days ago
Snowy - Upper third mostly packed snow covered today. Lake frozen. 5/13/18 History

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A popular hike close to both Bozeman and Big Sky.

samh Haraldson

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This is a popular trail, but for good reason. It is a good solid workout with a wonderful, calm lake at the end to sit, relax, and appreciate the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of the Gallatin Valley.

Trail tread is wide at many points allowing hikers to move at their own pace without being held up, or holding others up. The trail is popular with all ages and types of people from trail runners to meanderers, to hunters, and even the occasional skier in winter.

Starting from the trailhead along the Gallatin River make your way into dense coniferous forest on wide tread. The elevation gain for the first 3/4 of the length of the hike is mellow but a good workout. Savor the micro scenery along the way. The last 1/4 of the hike is along switchbacks, but they are worth the workout. Reach the top and find yourself treated to the expansive Lava Lake nestled in among its mountainous surroundings.

At the lake continue off-trail along the left-hand side to find some solitude or just rest at the foot of the lake with the other hikers who are undoubtedly out enjoying this fine place alongside you.

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Jun 25, 2018
Truli Powell
Took all three kids. Uphill and challenging for the youngest but worth the hike to the lake. Return trip was nice and easy.
Mar 25, 2018
Amber Clifton
Mar 13, 2018
Joanna Wojcik
Aug 27, 2017
Mark J
3mi — 4h 00m
Aug 23, 2017
Andrew Kalman
2.9mi
Aug 15, 2017
Matt K
2.9mi
Jul 22, 2017
Shay McPhail
Kids couldn't make it to the top. I ditched them.
Oct 23, 2016
Bethany Triemstra

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  4.9 from 7 votes

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