Hike to Turquoise Lake

Rate this Adventure Montana Glacier Creek Trailhead #690

Added by Noah Couser

Hike to 6 alpine lakes nestled in one valley with amazing fishing opportunities! For the more adventurous, there is cliff jumping at Lace Lake.

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. Total hiking distance to Turquoise lake is 6.1 miles one way with an elevation gain of roughly 1,500 feet. Your hard work will pay off when you dive into the icy waters aptly named for their turquoise color.

Whether you hike in for the day, or backpack in for the night, make sure to take ample time to explore all of the area's alpine lakes. Climb down from Turquoise to Lace Lake for some excellent fishing and for the adventurous, clamber up the cliffs on the Southwest shoreline for an invigorating jump into the cold water. Scale the scree fields on the South-shore of Turquoise to the small unnamed lake that contains icebergs for much of the year.

This is a Wilderness area, be sure to check any fire restrictions, road closures, or updates on the area with the Swan Lake Ranger Station before going, 406-837-7500.

Pack List

  • Plenty of food
  • Water filter
  • Camping gear if staying over night
  • Camera
  • Fishing pole (valid fishing license necessary)
  • Bear spray
  • Extra layers
  • Swim trunks to dive in!
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Fishing, Hiking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

12.2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1500 Feet

Features:

Cliff Jumping
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Swimming Hole
Wildlife

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

Added by Noah Couser

I'm a professional photographer living and working in Whitefish, Montana. I travel as much as I can with my beautiful wife Megan, and am always scheming a new adventure, or a new way to do an old trip. My passion is the outdoors, and getting people excited about recreating outside. By day, I teach PE and health at the local middle school, by night, I fight crime in a spandex jumpsuit... not really, but I do enjoy taking lots of pictures and working for cool outdoor companies when not at school throwing dodge balls at 8th graders.

More Adventures Nearby

Hike Upper Layout Creek Trail

Montana / Upper Layout Creek Trailhead

If you park your car at the horse corral and pit toilets you will hike up a gravel road for a little bit.

KayDee Johnson
1 Saves

Backpack the Triple Divide Pass Trail to Red Eagle Lake

Montana / Cut Bank Trailhead

A couple of notes to keep in mind before you start...

Hunter Day
6 Saves

Hike to Emerald and Heather Lake

Montana / Emerald Lake Trail, MT

Once in Bozeman, Take 19th Ave. south to Hyalite Canyon Rd. Turn left and continue past Hyalite Reservoir; when the road splits, take the left fork toward Palisade Falls.

Tucker Gill
13 Saves