A good family hike to a high lake deep in the Tobacco Root Mountains. The Tobacco Roots offer many short hikes, such as the one to Louise Lake, that are suitable for families. Wait until at least mid-July for the snow to melt, however. We went in early July, and the lake was still partially frozen. Louise Lake sits in a cirque with massive, 10,353-foot Middle Mountain to the south. The lake has a small population of large cutthroat trout that can be very fussy about which fly they might take. If you find the fly that works, catch only enough for supper, leaving the rest for the next angler. The Forest Service has recognized this route as a National Recreation Trail for its outstanding scenery and exceptional recreational opportunities.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||1,500 ft|
|Duration||Day hike or overnighter|
|Season||July through September|
|Trailhead Elevation||7,500 ft|
|Top Elevation||9,000 ft|
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