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Deep Lake

Intermediate/Difficult
 5.0 (1)

A steady, mild climb up a shared use trail to a series of alpine lakes, each more challenging than the last to reach.


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Map Key

5.3

Miles

8.5

KM

77%

Runnable

8,675' 2,644 m

High

6,095' 1,858 m

Low

2,581' 787 m

Up

32' 10 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

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Features Fall Colors · Fishing · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views

It appears a microburst affected the area somewhat recently as the trail past Hollowtop Lake is heavily obscured with downfall. Access was much easier to Deep Lake by going around the south side of Hollowtop Lake, but will require some trail finding and moderate bushwacking or tree hopping between Hollowtop and Deep Lake.

Description

As a casual weekend warrior, this trail was a nice moderate jaunt to relax by and explore a few alpine lakes. Deep lake proved elusive with the extensive downfall and old trail data. After several attempts and many pleasant surprises (such as unexpected alpine meadows), we managed to discover Deep lake and a little bit of solitude. Either Deep or Hollowtop Lake serves as a great basecamp to explore more in the area such Skytop Lake or bagging Hollowtop Mountain (10,552 ft). I recommend the easy jaunt up to Hollowtop if your looking for a moderately challenging escape and some decent fishing or if you need a launchpad for some next level adventuring.

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Shared By:

Boston Wakeham

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#140

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View of the valley looking back towards Pony.
Sep 6, 2021 near Virgini…, MT
A pleasant alpine meadow surprise after passing the turnoff to Deep Lake.
Sep 6, 2021 near Virgini…, MT
Increasingly rocky eroded trail as you approach the lake.
Sep 6, 2021 near Virgini…, MT
View from South side of Deep Lake.
Sep 6, 2021 near Virgini…, MT

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