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Clayton Creek Trail #420 | Hungry Horse, Montana

Outdoor Adventures, Hiking Trail or Trailhead

Clayton Lake is in the Flathead National Forest's well traveled Jewel Basin Hiking Area, but its position on the far east side of the basin affords it fewer visitors. It is a gradual climb from the east side access leading hikers through thick alder for the first half of the hike up to the lake. As you approach lake it opens up, but is still timbered. Hike around the Clayton Lake and/or explore more of the Jewel Basin trail system beyond. The Clayton Creek Trail is 2.9 miles long and begins at Clayton Creek Road #1633 and ends at Jct. Tongue Trail. #55 - Clayton Lake.

Clayton Lake – Kristy Bly

Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark

Follow the directions to the Camp Misery Trailhead (west side access) or access from the Westside Reservior Road #895, then to Clayton Creek Road #1633 (east side access).

Columbia Falls, Montana to Westside Reservoir Road #895/Clayton Creek TH (east side access): 1 h 20 min (30.4 miles) Follow US-2 E to NF-895/West Side Rd in Hungry Horse, Continue on NF-895/West Side Rd. Drive to NF-1633

Bigfork, Montana to Westside Reservoir Road #895/Clayton Creek TH (east side access): 1 h 44 min (52.1 miles) Take Commerce St to MT-35 W, Continue on MT-35 W. Take Montana Hwy 206 to NF-895/West Side Rd in Hungry Horse, Continue on NF-895/West Side Rd. Drive to NF-1633

Bigfork, Montana to Camp Misery Trailhead (west side access): 40 min (14.1 miles) From Bigfork head north on Bigfork Stage Rd. Turn right onto MT-83 S. Make a left onto Echo Lake Rd which turns into Foothill Road. Foothill Road winds south along the base of the mountains. Turn left onto Jewel Basin Road (FS Road 5392) and follow it about 7 miles to the Camp Misery Trailhead. Caution: the last 5 miles are steep and not recommended for low-clearance vehicles**.**

Kalispell, Montana to Camp Misery Trailhead (west side access): 1 h (32.5 miles) From Kalispell, head east on Highway 2. Where Highway 2 curves and goes north, continue east on Highway 35. Make a left onto Lake Blaine Road which turns into Foothill Road. Foothill Road winds south along the base of the mountains. Turn left onto Jewel Basin Road (FS Road 5392) and follow it about 7 miles to the Camp Misery Trailhead. Caution: the last 5 miles are steep and not recommended for low-clearance vehicles.

Trail Distance

From Hungry Horse Reservoir (east side access) it's 2.3 miles to Clayton Lake and a 12.4-mile roundtrip hike from the commonly used Camp Misery trailhead on the west side.

Trail Vertical Gain or Loss

1,600 foot gain