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Lake Louise Trail

Whitehall Montana

Listing Type: National Forest Trail
City: Whitehall Montana
Region: Southwest Montana

Lake Louise Trail (168) is suitable for families. However, wait until mid-July for the snow to melt. From Lost Cabin/Louise Lake Trailhead, Trail 168 climbs gradual switchbacks for 3.5 long miles to the lake. The trail climbs steadily but with no brutal pitches. Pack water.

Louise Lake sits in a cirque with massive, 10,353-foot Middle Mountain to the south. The lake has a small population of large cutthroat trout. The Forest Service has recognized this fine trail as a National Recreation Trail for its outstanding scenery and exceptional recreational opportunities. It is closed year-round to all motorized vehicles.

Length: 7 miles.Trail Beginning: Road 107.Trail End: Louise Lake

Area Map: Waterloo USGS, and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Map.Township 2S; Range 4W; Section 36

Directions: From Interstate 90 take Cardwell exit 7 miles east of Whitehall. Take Montana Highway 359 south for approximately 5 miles to South Boulder Road 107. Travel south on Road 107 for approximately 17 miles to the trailhead at Bismark Reservoir. After almost 17 miles of dirt road driving (high-clearance vehicle recommended), you reach the Bismark Reservoir and the trailhead for both Louise Lake and Lost Cabin Lake. Passenger cars can drive this road, but the last 2 miles are best traveled by high clearance vehicles.

Lake Louise Trail
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Whitehall, MT 59759

  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Sightseeing
  • Nature Area
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Picnicking
  • Bird Watching
  • Trail

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