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Boulder Lake Trail #333

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A beautiful trail to a lesser-traveled backcountry lake in the Rattlesnake Wilderness.


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Map Key

6.0

Miles

9.7

KM

85%

Runnable

7,131' 2,173 m

High

5,625' 1,714 m

Low

1,578' 481 m

Up

765' 233 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

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Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Forest Road 4323 is closed October 15 - May 15 annually

Need to Know

Access to the West Gold Fork Creek Trailhead is via Forest Road 4323- This is a steep and rocky route, and it is not recommended to attempt reaching the trailhead without all-wheel drive.

Description

This trail traverses through a swath of recuperating land from an old burn, which provides for some great views of the rolling landscape of the northeast Rattlesnake Wilderness area along the way, and ends at a pristine backcountry lake. Take the Boulder Point Trail just above the lake for an incredible birds-eye view! This trail also links up to #518 which can be taken to the Gold Creek Trailhead or on to #336 to Fly Lake. Be prepared to cross a couple of creeks!

Flora & Fauna

Various species of birds, Ponderosa pines, ground squirrels, chipmunks, and other small mammals. This is black bear, mountain lion, and Grizzly territory—be aware and carry bear spray!

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Shared By:

McCaide Wooten

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#8

in Missoula

#312

in Montana

#13,765

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Eastern view from Boulder Lake Trail
May 31, 2020 near Bonner-…, MT
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May 31, 2020 near Bonner-…, MT

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