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Emerald Lake and Heather Lake

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10.8 mile 17.3 kilometer out and back
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 2,118' 646 m
Descent: -2,118' -646 m
High: 9,223' 2,811 m
Low: 7,122' 2,171 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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A great day hike to a set of beautiful mountain-ringed lakes.

samh Haraldson

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

Overview

Hikeers share this trail with mountain bikers and equestrian users, on certain days of the week, so take that into consideration for your planning.

Description

Park at the large dirt trailhead and set out for a mellow climb that switchbacks up the somewhat wide yet very featured and craggy Emerald Lake valley. You'll climb through coniferous forest, next to the bubbling East Fork Hyalite Creek, across lush meadows abundant with wildflowers and ultimately reach the top of the basin and the sparkling Emerald Lake.

Dispersed camping is an option here if you've brought camping gear to spend the night. If time permits, carefully make your way another 0.9 miles beyond Emerald Lake up to Heather Lake for even more solitude. Return the way you came which is essentially a peaceful, carefree downhill back toward civilization.

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Sep 1, 2018
Jim Bosco
10.8mi
Sep 15, 2017
Lincoln Erickson
It was snowing 9.2mi
Aug 4, 2017
S.G. Thompson
10.9mi — 5h 00m
Aug 14, 2016
Loren Leong
1h 29m

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  4.8 from 4 votes

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Emerald Lake
Aug 5, 2017 near Bozeman, MT
Trail between Emerald and Heather lakes.
Aug 5, 2017 near Bozeman, MT
Emerald Lake trail
Apr 23, 2015 near Bozeman, MT
Emerald Lake
May 15, 2019 near Bozeman, MT

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