This nice, solid day hike offers opportunity to continue to Trinkus Lake and Con Kelly Mountain. 

From Kalispell, head south towards Swan Lake along Highway 83 until a sign for Bond Creek Trailhead is located on the east side oft the road near mile marker 71. Turning onto Forest Service Road #680 and after 1.5 miles, turning on FS Road #9507, the trailhead will be 2.3 miles after the intersection of #680 and #9507.

The trail begins with a downhill portion until Bond Creek is reached and is crossed with a log bridge. After this bridge, the rest of the trail climbs intermittently. A waterfall along the trail 3.5 miles into the hike is an excellent picnic spot and resting area. The trail is well maintained and no trouble should be had following it to Bond Lake. 

Pack List

  • Hiking Shoes
  • Bear Spray
  • Bug Spray
  • Water
  • Camera
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RT Distance 11.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 2300 Feet
Activities Camping, Fishing, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
River
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Loved It!

This was my first hike in the area, and it was a great one to start on. The hike is very lush. It was a hot day, and we were lucky to have the shade from the trees the majority of the hike. The waterfalls were absolutely beautiful. Great place to dip your feet and have a snack. The trail seems to narrow significantly after the falls. I hike in mid July and the trail was very muddy almost the entire way up. (I would recommend waterproof shoes). Bond lake was breathtaking! Well worth it.


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