Lolo Peak Trail #1311

  

This challenging trail leads to Carlton Ridge. From Carlton Ridge hikers can descend to Carlton Lake where hardier hikers may choose to climb up to the summit of Lolo Peak (9096 feet). Lolo Peak is a distinctive area landmark and offers tremendous views of the Missoula and Bitterroot valleys, and the Bitterroot and Sapphire mountain ranges.

This trail has Extended Information which includes details about the trail, maps, and interesting tidbits about the trail.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Trail #1311 is closed to all motorized vehicles. Please view our Visitor Guidelines.
Closest Towns: Lolo, Montana
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: None
Information Center: Missoula Ranger District, 406-329-3814

General Information

Directions:

From Lolo, Montana drive 3 miles west on U.S. Highway 12. Turn left (south) onto Forest Road #612. Proceed 8 miles up Forest Road #612 up to the trailhead.


General Notes:

Reminder: there is no constructed trail from Carlton Lake to Lolo Peak. See our extended document for details.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities


Hiking

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Nature Viewing

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Viewing Plants

Toward the top of Carlton Ridge, there is a unique stand of subalpine larch. Near the ridgetop is a spring next to the trail.
Species subalpine larch, mountain heather, Labrador tea
Special Feature This stand of subalpine larch is unique to this area.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Viewing Scenery

Lolo Peak is a distinctive area landmark and offers tremendous views of the Missoula and Bitterroot valleys, the Bitterroot and Sapphire mountain ranges.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Related Information

Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
3.6 miles from trailhead to Carlton Ridge

  Latitude : 
46.717076

  Longitude : 
-114.192083

  Elevation : 
5700 feet - 9096 feet

 



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