Boulder Lake Trail #333


This trail winds through a variety of environments including an area burned from a wildfire 2003, forested areas, a creek, open ground, and alpine forest. The trail leads up to Boulder Point at 7100 feet which overlooks Boulder Lake.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
  • Closed to all motorized vehicles.
  • Mountain bikes are only allowed on roads and system trails that are marked with gray diamonds to reduce conflict and for resource protection.
  • View our RNRAW Restriction information for details.
  • Please view our Visitor Guidelines.
Closest Towns: Missoula, Montana
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: None
Information Center: Missoula Ranger District, 406-329-3814

General Information


East of Missoula, from U.S. Highway 200, take the Gold Creek Road #126 north. Take Forest Service (FS) Road #2103, then travel to the end of FS Rd # 4323 to the trailhead. The trailhead serves as a jumping off point for both the Boulder Lake Trail and West Fork Gold Creek Trail.

General Notes:

For details, view our brochure "Rattlesnake National Recreation Area" and our map, "Rattlesnake Wilderness and National Recreation Area." See our Maps & Publications section.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Lake and Pond Fishing

A lake for hikers and backpackers, access to Boulder Lake is 5.3 miles from the trailhead. The end of the trail descends from Boulder Point to Boulder Lake.
Water Temperature
Fish Specieswestslope cutthroat trout
Difficulty Level: Intermediate


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5.3 miles

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  Elevation : 
5720 feet - 7160 feet