Estes Lake Trail #96


Estes Lake Trail

The Estes Lake trail is 1.5 miles long. It begins at the junction with Road #498 and ends at Estes Lake. The trail starts out climbing slightly, goes over a knoll, and then descends, winding through the topography and between small wetlands; there is a small cedar grove near the lake.  Estes Lake is a tannic lake bordered by lily pads and scattered with blue dragon flies (depending on the time of year).  The trail is open for the following uses: Off Highway Vehicles (OHV) less than or equal to 50 inches wide, 2 wheeled vehicles, mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking.

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At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Bigfork

General Information


From Bigfork, go south on Highway 35 for 0.7 miles, turning left onto Hwy 209. Stay on 209 for 3 miles, turning right at the light onto South Ferndale Rd.  After 2 miles, merge right onto Crane Mountain Road #498. The trailhead for Estes Lake is 2.2 miles up Road # 498 off of a spur.



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  Area/Length : 
1.5 miles

  Elevation : 
3,706 feet - 3,706 feet