Montana Hiking, Nature May 02, 2019
This Exhilarating Hike Takes You To The Most Crystal Blue Lake In Montana
It’s no secret that Montana’s lakes are among the best on the planet.
Flathead Lake is internationally renowned, and Lake McDonald is known for its unique colored rocks. If you’re up for a challenging hike that leads to a stunning crystal blue oasis, take a hike to Turquoise Lake.
The Turquoise Lake Trail is located near the town of Condon in the Mission Mountains.
From Highway 83, turn west onto Kraft Creek Road. The trailhead will be at the end of the 11.5 mile road.
The trail is 11 miles in length (out and back), and it's challenging in parts.
You'll face some switchbacks and steep climbs.
But despite the challenges, most Montanans who hike the Turquoise Lake Trail call it one of the better hikes of their lives.
Not only does it have gorgeous views, but the lake often does appear to be turquoise in the sunlight.
Turquoise Lake is the highlight of this hike, but it's far from the only natural beauty you'll see -- in fact, there are a total of six lakes on the path.
You'll also pass a couple of waterfalls and creeks.
While this makes an amazing late spring and summer hike, you should also experience it in the fall at least once.
Not only do fewer people hike after Labor Day, but the fall foliage in the area is spectacular.
This is one trail you'll want to spend your entire day on, so start early in the morning and pack a picnic lunch.
In fact, you may even want to turn it into a backpacking adventure and spend the night.
We may be a bit biased, but we happen to believe Montana has the
best lakes in the country.