Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
2,900.00 ft (883.92 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
12.00 mi (19.31 km)
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The Canyon Creek Trail follows the canyon from the Blodgett Overlook Trailhead. Even though the term "creek" is in the name, you cannot see the creek that often along the trail. Luckily the trail is in the shade entirely for the first 3.5 miles, so go ahead and bring the dogs! It starts off easily enough with its ups and downs, but once you get to the last mile and a half the trail goes straight up and is a little difficult to follow. Keep an eye out for rock carins to mark the way, but the general consesus is to just keep going up. You'll hit the high point and then drop back down a few hundred feet toward the lake.

The lake is a stunning crystal clear blue, and Canyon Peak towering behind it is breathtaking. If you're inclined to bring your fishing rod, you won't be disappointed. There are tons of rainbow and western cutthroat trout just waiting to be caught. In the spring, waterfalls abound to add to the splendor. Moose, bear, wolves, and deer frequent this lake, so be prepared to see some great wildlife. This hike is entirely worth the effort!

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Views. Lake. Shaded.

Cons

Long. Tiring.

Trailhead Elevation

4,931.00 ft (1,502.97 m)

Highest point

7,385.00 ft (2,250.95 m)

Net Elevation Gain

2,900.00 ft (883.92 m)

Features

Vault toilet
Near lake or river
Backcountry camping
Waterfalls
Wildlife
Fishing
Big vistas

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Missoula + Bitterroot Mountains, Montana
Missoula + Bitterroot Mountains, Montana
Missoula + Bitterroot Mountains, Montana

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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Missoula + Bitterroot Mountains, Montana
Missoula + Bitterroot Mountains, Montana

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