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Lake Mountain (MT)

Lake Mountain (MT)

Lake Mountain (MT)

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Montana, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 48.77700°N / 114.58999°W

Object Title: Lake Mountain (MT)

County: Flathead

Activities: Hiking

Season: Summer, Fall

Elevation: 7814 ft / 2382 m


Page By: The Levitator

Created/Edited: Sep 13, 2009 / Aug 7, 2010

Object ID: 552869

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Lake Mountain
Lake Mountain in the distance from Nasukoin

Lake Mountain stands at 7,814 feet in the Whitefish Range. It ranks the 12th highest mountain in Montana's and British Columbia's Whitefish Range. Standing near the range's fourth highest mountain Nasukoin Mountain (8,086 feet) Lake Mountain offers distinct views of the Whitefish Range, Glacier National Park, and the Chain of Lakes.
Chain of Lakes
The Chain of Lakes

Lake Mountain is named for all of the five lakes that surround the mountain. Three of these lakes are called the Chain of Lakes, the fourth one is called Link Lake which is located near Link Mountain, and the last lake is Stoney Basin Lake.

This mountain is popular because you can access Nasukion Mountain from this mountain, the lakes are easy to access around the mountain especially Link Lake, and Upper Whitefish Lake which has a big campground.

Getting There

To find the Lake Mountain trailhead, drive 18.5 miles north of Whitefish on Highway 93. Turn right on to the access road to Upper Whitefish Lake, almost directly across from the Olney turnoff. It's located between mile markers 145 and 146.

Drive up the main dirt road for approximately 19 miles. A forest service sign is located on the left and marks Link Lake Road #589. Turn left on to Road #589 and travel up Link Lake Road for 1.5 miles until it ends.

The trail is located in the meadows to the right. Road #589 is a very rocky road. A 4-wheel drive is highly recommended for getting to the trailhead!

Red Tape

Bear Chow
Bear Chow
Lake Mountain is located in the Whitefish Range. This is bear country, so hike with bear spray and make lots of noise.

Summit Views

Different Views From Lake Mountain


Long Way!
Long way to Nasukoin


Route Information

Hike up the trail to the first junction for one mile. Take the left in the trail. Then the trail goes through a series of 18 switchbacks to be exact through well spaced trees and open terrain which affords excellent views of the surrounding area. The trail has an 1,800 vertical feet elevation gain and is a 7 mile round trip. The trail ends on the top of Lake Mountain. Excellent vantage points of the Whitefish Range and Glacier National Park are available at the summit.


Option A: To descend simply follow the trail back to the trailhead.

Option B: Same as option A, except once you're back down to the fork you can take a right and follow a trail down to Link Lake and relax.

Option C: Take the Nasukoin Trail # 375 which goes down Lake Mountain right before the summit and goes on for two and a half miles to the summit of Nasukoin Mountain. Once you're at the top just go back the same way you came.


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Camping and Essential Gear

Hiking poles will prove very useful especially if you plan to go the extra miles to Nasukoin. Bring empty water bottles if you plan to go to Link Lake.
You can camp at the Upper Whitefish Campground.


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