Turquoise Lake is the last of six gorgeous lakes on this stunning six mile hike (one way) based in Montana's Swan Valley. The trail offers endless mountain views and picnic opportunities, or even backpacking if you want to stay and fish.
Trail Vertical Gain or LossApproximately 1500 feet
Highlights and Best Features of this Trail
This trail is covered with huckleberry plants, so you can snack while doing switchbacks. There is no designated campsite at the lake, which allows for privacy and solitude if you make it an overnight trip.
Full Description of this Recreation Trail
Turquoise Lake is the last of six gorgeous lakes on this stunning six mile hike (one way). The stunning views of the craggy Mission Mountains to the west and the Swan Mountains to the east make all the switchbacks worth it, not to mention the trail is covered in huckleberries if you go at the right time of year. You will pass an opportunity to take two spur trails en route to the lake, each leading to an additional lake or lakes. The trail passes another two high alpine lakes before finally ending at Turquoise Lake. There is a small, flat and rocky area that has good lake access and room for one small backpacking tent. Be prepared to hang out with mountain goats all evening long!
Trail Distance12 miles Round Trip
Type of Trail ExperienceOut-and-Back
Estimated Time it Takes to Experience this Trail5 hours
Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark
Bigfork, Montana to Glacier Creek Trailhead: Approximately 1 hr 10 min drive
From Hwy 83 in the Swan Valley, south of mile marker 38, turn west onto Kraft Creek Rd also called Forest Service Road #561, the trailhead is about 11.5 miles at the end of the road. Turquoise Lake Trail #708 starts 3 miles up the Glacier Creek trail #690.