Bluebird Lake: Ten Lakes Scenic Area | Eureka, Montana

Bluebird Lake is a family friendly alpine lake hike, also great for fishing, swimming or overnight camping. 

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Latitude: 48.945241 Longitude: -114.932374 Elevation: 6847 ft
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Trail Vertical Gain or Loss

Approximately 1,000 feet

Highlights and Best Features of this Trail

  • Summertime offers huckleberries at the beginning of the trail. 
  • Pass through a beautiful meadow of wildflowers about a half a mile before you get to the lake.
  • Great swimming opportunities on Bluebird Lake. 

Full Description of this Recreation Trail

This hike is great for beginner to moderate hikers, but also provides the opportunity to hike further if you continue on in the Ten Lakes trail system. The elevation gain is slow and steady - don't forget to look behind you while going up as you slowly gain more views of the Ten Lakes area. If you're timing is right you can snack on some huckleberries the first mile. Enjoy a variety of wildflowers in a small meadow before you get to the lake. You first come to Paradise Lake, which is very small and shallow. Don't stop here! Hike another 1/4 mile and you'll get to beautiful Bluebird Lake with a large cirque-like wall framing the lake. Shallow water quickly becomes deep, perfect for a mid-hike plunge on a hot day. Walk around to the north end of the lake where you will find large boulders to jump from into the lake below. There are several flat areas that are perfect for overnight camping: 1) Where the trail first meets the lake; 2) On the south end of the lake. 

Trail Distance

5 miles round trip

Type of Trail Experience

Out-and-Back

Estimated Time it Takes to Experience this Trail

4 hours

Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark

Heading north on Highway 93 from Whitefish, Montana you will turn right (east) onto Graves Creek Road just past Fortine, MT. Continue 28 miles down the road; it will become gravel about 5 miles in. Follow signs to Little Therriault lake, which means following these turns at forks in the road: Graves Creek to 114 to 319. Pass the Little Therriault Lake campground, and the Bluebird trailhead is just down the road. The trail is marked for trail 83. 

Heading south on Highway 93 from Eureka, Montana you will turn left (east) onto Graves Creek Road just past Fortine, MT. Continue 28 miles down the road; it will become gravel about 5 miles in. Follow signs to Little Therriault lake, which means following these turns at forks in the road: Graves Creek to 114 to 319. Pass the Little Therriault Lake campground, and the Bluebird trailhead is just down the road. The trail is marked for trail 83.

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