Hiking in Kootenai National Forest: Lupine Lake Trail

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

What else does one do on a beautiful Summer Sunday but find a new hiking trail that one has not yet explored? OK, maybe that wouldn't be your first choice, but if it would, then this might be the trail for your next Sunday adventure!

 

 

Kootenai National Forest is located on the far northwestern corner of Montana extending from the Canadian border down south of Kalispell and Libby in Montana, and across the Idaho border. The national forest includes more than 2 million acres of land and hundreds of miles of hiking trails. We only explored about two and a half of those hiking miles.

 

To get to the Lupine Lake Trail, head out of Kalispell on Route 2. Approximately 19 miles west of the Route 2/Route 93-Alt interchange, you'll find yourself in Marion MT. Make a right onto Pleasant Valley Road. Continue on that road for about five and a half or six miles. You'll pass Little Bitterroot Lake on your left. Once past the lake, you'll make the first right on Griffin Creek Road. Nearly eight miles up on your right hand side is the trailhead. There is parking for approximately six or so cars at the trailhead.

 

The trail itself is nearly five miles round trip. The path is very easy to navigate. It's been cleared and is easy to see. There was obviously a huge storm at some time in the past and many trees fell. From other hiker's comments, it appears that many of those trees had been blocking the path but they are all out of the way now!

 

The trail is billed as "medium" in terms of difficulty and I'd agree. At the beginning it heads downhill, winds past a waterfall and ends at the lowest portion down by a stream. There's a large flattened wood log that serves as a bridge over the stream once you reach the bottom. Then the rest of the trail is a combination of uphills, flat areas, and just a little downhills. Of course, on the return trip the reverse is true and the last piece of the trail is all uphill (but short in terms of length). This trail is available for hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers and motorcycle riders. Dogs are allowed on leash.

 

Hiking in Kootenai National Forest: Lupine Lake Trail. photo of lake.I always enjoy hikes that end at a specific destination such as an overlook or lake. This one ends at a very peaceful mountain lake. It's small as Montana lakes go, but would be a nice size for rafting and fishing if you desired. Fish were visible as they came up to the top to snack on bugs. Birds were also chirping, but other than that we did not see any animals.

 

Another note, the trail is called Lupine Lake Trail. I am sure part of the reason for the "Lupine" name is because all along the side of the trail are tons of beautiful purple lupine flowers. Unfortunately I didn't get a great photo of them, but they do add to the ambiance of this hike!

 

I would definitely recommend this hike as a great way to spend a few hours! If you would like to read about other places to hike in Northwest Montana, click here. I'll add more hikes to the link in the future. If you would like to discuss hiking, any other aspect of life in the Kalispell area, or would like information about real estate, call me at 406-270-3667. Or email me at kat@thehousekat.com. Or meet me on the trails!

 

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

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Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp

P.O. Box 10458

Kalispell, MT 59904

 

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Kat,

What a wonderful hike you describe to us, and like you we love finding bodies of water on hikes, especially waterfalls. 

Lupine flowers are mostly gone here, and we love them too.

Jul 06, 2020 12:51 PM #3
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel - I find the sound of water so soothing! That includes waterfalls, rushing streams, the tide on a beach. aaaaahhh.

Jul 06, 2020 02:30 PM #4
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Don Baker
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Looks like a place where I would really enjoy spending a few hours.

Jul 06, 2020 03:01 PM #5
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Thanks for stopping by, Don Baker  - I'm looking forward to exploring other trails in that park in the future!

Jul 06, 2020 03:46 PM #6
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Kat- I was looking at the Montana area on Google maps yesterday as I am planning on visiting Montana next July. I read where July and August were the best months to visit.  I want to go to Glacier National park among other areas. 

Jul 06, 2020 04:51 PM #7
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Hi Kat- I loved your video!!! What a beautiful place to hike!  And since the paths have been cleared, it looks like one I might be able to make!!

Jul 06, 2020 05:09 PM #8
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Kat - Kootenai sounds fun to say and I am sure it is an enjoyable place to explore.  Thanks for sharing a bit more of Montana with us.  

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Sharon Lee - Glacier National Park is a MUST! I have a lot of thoughts about how to do that well.... Feel free to reach out to me when you get closer so I can give you some tips. And I'd love to take you out for coffee or something so keep that in mind!

Jul 06, 2020 06:11 PM #10
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Kathy Streib - You can DO IT! It was a wonderful walk, although I did get a little tired at the end. I wanted to go home, take off my boots, and veg.

Michael Jacobs - And thank YOU for stopping by, reading and commenting! :-)

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I will. Thank you. 

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Hi Kat,  Thanks for taking us  on your hike.   It sounds like you had an awesome day.  I would love to check out this trail in person some time.

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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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What a way to spend any day of the week. I would love all the hiking your area provides, might not get any work done as I would be out walking all the time.

Jul 07, 2020 03:43 AM #14
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Kat. For now, this city dweller, will have to enjoy hiking vicariously through you. Enjoy your day!

Jul 07, 2020 05:00 AM #15
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Bob Crane - The challenge with many trails here is actually getting to them, not the hiking them. This one was easy to find!

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - I've been making a point of taking Sundays as a "me" day - for now it's working! 

Wayne Martin - Walking around city blocks might be a little noisier!

 

Jul 07, 2020 05:16 AM #16
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Very nice and peaceful. Liked your short video too. I was able to virtually enjoy the hike without breaking a sweat!

Jul 07, 2020 05:21 AM #17
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Haha, Peter den Boer - and I didn't even include any audio of me huffing and puffing!

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Hello Kat,  great picture of the water with the view from the woods.  always great to walk new area.  Any bears yet?

 

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Yes, black bear, Will Hamm . I went on a hike behind my home a few weeks ago and saw a black bear cub. We didn't see mama but I'm sure she was around!

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The lack of wildlife surprized me but your photos are awesome...

Happy Tuesday evening, Kat Palmiotti 

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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - There was a lot of plant growth in spots so they could have been close but not visible. I was looking for bear!

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