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Strawberry Lake Trail #5 | Bigfork, Montana

Hiking Trail or Trailhead

Strawberry Lake Trail is a 2.8 mile trail that ushers you along switchbacks through a lush coniferous forest before opening up to Montana's Flathead Valley views approximately 1.5 miles from Strawberry Lake. Strawberry Lake is a small alpine lake that affords sweeping views of the valley below and is a great picnic or rest stop. For those looking to retreat even further into alpine bliss can connect to the Alpine Trail #7 at the head of the lake. Located near Bigfork, MT, Strawberry Lake Trail is a year round favorite for locals and tends to see heavy usage on summer weekends.

Strawberry Lake Trail meanders through a lush coniferous forest much of the way. – Sheena Pate

Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark

From Bigfork, go North on Highway 35 for 2.3 miles and turn right onto Highway 83. Stay on 83 for 2.8 miles and turn left onto Echo Lake Rd. After 2.2 miles, turn slightly right onto Foothill Rd. bear left after 1.1 miles to stay on the Foothill Rd. Drive for 2.7 miles, then turn right onto Road 5390 and drive for 3.3 miles, the trailhead is located at the end of this road.

Highlights and Best Features of this Trail

  • Strawberry Lake offers a small gravel beach for resting or play.
  • Access to Alpine Trail #7 with the option to travel north another 27 miles to Columbia Mountain, the terminus of the Swan Range.
  • Access to the northern section of Jewel Basin Hiking Area and Wildcat Lake. Don't forget to bring your fly rod!

Trail Distance

2.8 Miles One-Way

Trail Vertical Gain or Loss

1,500 ft Gain