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Louise Lake

Newly reconstructed trail that ends at a beautiful high elevation cirque basin lake.

photo: The trailhead starts at the Bismark Reservoir. Photo by USFS.

Length: 3.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

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Location: 26 miles south of Whitehall, MT., In Deerlodge National Forest, exit I-90 at Cardwell, S on SR 359 to Forest Rd 107, up 107 14 mi.
State(s): Montana
Counties: Madison
Longitude: -112.04869
Latitude: 45.59643

Driving Directions

From Interstate 90, take Cardwell exit seven miles east of Whitehall. Take Montana Highway 359 south for approximately five miles to South Boulder Road #107. Travel south on Road #107 approximately 15 miles to the trailhead at Bismark Reservoir. This road can be driven by passenger cars, but the last two miles are best traveled by a high clearance vehicles.

Description

The trail is 3.5 miles in length and offers panoramic scenic views. Louise Lake is a high alpine lake cradled among the 10,000-foot peaks that surround the lake. Mountain goats can often be spotted on the sheer rock faces. The trail is open from July 1 to the middle of October. Snowdrifts on the trail may be abundant during years of late thaws.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, compacted
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 8%
Maximum Grade: 15%
Elevation Low Point: 7,360
Elevation High Point: 8,880
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1980

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: Recreation Opportunities BDNF
Map: USFS Trail Map

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Erie Tolf
Resource Assistant
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
3 Whitetail Rd.
Whitehall , MT 59759
(406) 287-3223
etolf@fs.fed.us
http://www.fs.fed.us/r1/6-d

 

Photos

The trailhead starts at the Bismark Reservoir. Photo by USFS.

The trailhead starts at the Bismark Reservoir. Photo by USFS.

Bismark Reservoir. Photo by USFS.

Bismark Reservoir. Photo by USFS.

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