Emerald Lake
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Emerald Lake is a 9 mile moderate difficulty hike along the beautiful East Hyalite Creek, featuring green meadows and small waterfalls even in the summer. It rises from 7200 ft at the parking lot to almost 9000 feet at the gorgeous lake. This is the the most remote trailhead on the road, but the Hyalite canyon area is popular so you won't likely be alone.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Montanalu
Billings, MT37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This 4.5 mile hike is breaktaking! We hiked along the river most of the way. There are a few switchbacks that help you gain altitude, but overall it was a pretty easy hike and the lake was a perfect reward!
Written 15 September 2019
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amyberghold
Bozeman, MT65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
Emerald and Heather lake are well worth the hike.
One of my favorites hikes up in hyalite canyon other than hyalite lake which is also magnificent!!!
Written 15 January 2019
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Dee
Billings, MT89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Beautiful campground, gorgeous lake totally different from your other Montana campgrounds. Sites seem much more private and quiet also. Bring your canoe to explore the lake or hike to your hearts content.
Written 4 January 2019
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Cameron M
Mobile, AL728 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
9 miles round-trip with an 1800' elevation on a creekside trail featuring meadows, mountain views and an alpine lake. I'd give it a 5-pip rating if not for the heavy traffic.
Even though the trailhead is one of the furthest south points to which you can drive in the Hyalites, the big parking lot will fill up by noon on a weekday with nice weather. The dirt roads are not too bad; we had a Mazda3 with four people and scraped the bottom only once. There is a pit toilet at the trailhead.
The trail is used by hikers mostly but there are plenty of mountain bikers (all very courteous that day), a few motorcycles and apparently horses, too.
Mostly follows a lovely creek bubbling along even in late August. Along the way there are dense woods, open meadows, a few small water falls, long vistas down the valley, and spectacular mountains.
The trail is never very steep, with switchbacks for sections with real elevation gain near the waterfalls. There's a nice open runout toward the end as land levels out near the lake. The lake has plenty of spots along either shore to find a bit of peace and quite and enjoy a snack.
Apparently there's another small lake a bit further taking the trail around the right side of Emerald. We didn't do that.
Go as early as possible, as the trail traffic picks up more and more past noon.
Written 7 September 2018
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