Otokomi Lake – Glacier National Park – Hiking Montana

 

The word 'Otokomi' means 'Yellow Fish' in the Blackfeet language.

  

 

An early start follows breakfast at Two Dog Flats for the round trip hike of 11 miles (17.6 KM) and gross elevation of 2,300 ft. (701 m) on the Rose Creek Trail, between Otokomi and Goat Mountains, into the Rose Creek Basin which ends at Otokomi Lake.  

The trail head is located near the main parking area at Rising Sun in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA.

 

Otokomi Lake – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA

 

The hike is largely through dense forest dominated by several cascading waterfalls and colorful rock.  The trail is long and straightforward with gradual elevation gain. 

There are grand views of surrounding mountains and the trail offers one shallow and cascading waterfall along the way more than worthy of a stop for relaxation and nourishment.

 

Otokomi Lake – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA

Otokomi Lake – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA

 

Near the Otokomi Lake end of the trail, the path breaks out of forest into a commanding view of 8,825 ft. (2,690 M) Goat Mountain.

On the approach to the campground, and the lake beyond, a large recurring avalanche chute has created open ground, rich in wildflowers growing among colorful talus and scree.

 

Otokomi Lake – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA

Otokomi Lake – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA

Otokomi Lake – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA

 

Otokomi Lake is a cirque lake nestled in Rose Basin and surrounded by lofty red, green and yellow peaks.

Talus slopes on Goat Mountain create an awesome, multi-colored panorama of amazing beauty.  Reflections on the lake are breathtaking.

 

Otokomi Lake – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA

Otokomi Lake – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA

Otokomi Lake – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA

Otokomi Lake – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA

 

The effort/reward ratio for hiking Otokomi Lake is the lowest of all the hikes done on this trip into Glacier National Park, Montana, USA.

The lake and surrounding terrain are spectacular and if access was shorter, the hike would be rated much higher.  The lake's shoreline is densely populated with evergreen trees so lake photos are taken from a single small location.

Definitely worth the time, particularly for stretching out the legs to enjoy a good number of spectacular highlights near the end of the trail

 

Otokomi Lake – Glacier National Park – Montana, USA

 

On retreat, lunch is enjoyed near Otokomi Lake in the sun at the food preparation area of the wilderness campsite prior to arrival back at Rising Sun in mid-afternoon.

Following a quick trip into St. Mary for chores, the decision is made while laundry is underway, to enjoy a bit of bourbon with affable bartender Chris, before returning to end the day with another outstanding dinner at Rising Sun's Two Dog Flats.

 

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