Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
2,316.00 ft (705.92 m)
Trail type
10.90 mi (17.54 km)
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Otokomi Lake is a beautiful lake located in Glacier National Park. The word Otokomi means “yellow fish” in the Blackfeet language. The strenuous hike to Otokomi Lake explores a scenic area of the eastern section of Glacier National Park. This out-and-back trail is 10.9 miles long and gains over 2,300 feet of elevation.

The hike to Otokomi Lake starts at the parking lot for Rising Sun Motor Inn. There are bathrooms available at the inn. Begin hiking on Rose Creek Trail. The first 0.3 miles of the trail will pass by rental cabins before becoming much steeper. Once you are about 1.5 miles from the trailhead, you will be hiking parallel to Rose Creek.

Hiking along Rose Creek, it is possible to see many cascades and waterfalls. The trail continues to climb. After you have hiked uphill for another 2.5 miles among dense trees and vegetation, the trail begins to open up. You will now enjoy views of rocky cliffs and mountains. Continue uphill for 1.4 miles and you will encounter Otokomi Lake Campground. It is just 0.1 miles further to the lake.

The shore of Otokomi Lake does not have a great beach area, but there is a small area to sit along the edge of the lake. Once at the lake, take in spectacular views of crystal clear water and towering red cliffs. Goat Mountain will also be visible. From here, turn around and retrace your steps to return to the trailhead.

The hike to Otokomi Lake is best traveled in the spring, summer, and fall. It is $35 for a one-week vehicle pass to get into Glacier National Park. Dogs are not allowed on this trail. The hike to Otokomi Lake can be difficult, but it is a great way to experience the natural beauty of Glacier National Park.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Open Year-round


Open from

July 15 to October 15


Mountain Views. Alpine Lake.



Trailhead Elevation

4,541.00 ft (1,384.10 m)

Highest point

6,567.00 ft (2,001.62 m)


Flushing toilets
Near lake or river
Big vistas

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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