Fairy Lake Trail

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Fairy Lake, Fairy Lake Trail, Bozeman, Montana

1 mile (loop)

Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation Gain: 0 feet 

Activities: Hiking, trail running, fishing, swimming

Crowds: Heavy traffic


Fairy Lake is a gorgeous green lake in a forested bowl at the base of Sacagawea Peak. Starting at the upper trailhead, the trail loops around the perimeter of the lake for an easy 1 mile hike. If your car can't make it past the lower trailhead, you can still hike the lake; just add about 4 miles round-trip. This is a great place to have a picnic, fish, and swim. Make sure to have a go on the rope swing mid-way across the lake.

Seasonal Conditions
The road to Fairy Lake is impassible during the winter.

Head north from Bozeman on Bridger Canyon Rd. Veer left at the Bracket Creek Y and go up and over Battle Ridge Pass. Between mile markers 21 and 22, turn left on Fairy Lake Rd and continue to the end. The road is extremely rough and conditions can vary depending on the time of year. Cars with low clearance will not fare well. 

Robert Stone's Fairy Lake Map

Map courtesy of Robert Stone's Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana

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