Lupine Lake – Marion
Nothing like good ol’ daylight saving day to kick your butt… at least that’s what I am going to blame my late start on for this hike ;-) Leaving Kalispell around 11 am I made it to the trailhead by noon and was on my way. There isn’t much parking at the trailhead so I would think on busier, warmer days that you may have to park farther from the trail. On this day, however, there wasn’t another soul in sight. This may have been due to the cold morning or the storms surging above our heads (but not quite landing).
This hike gives you instant gratification, you’ve barely started down the trail before you get a stunning view. There’s a sheer rock side you’re standing in above a creek and a little waterfall, you’re looking at the treetops below with a nice creek. I look forward to revisiting this area come spring, I have a feeling that it will be quite the sight when the water is high.
Now, if that photo doesn’t make you want to BE THERE, you may need to find another blog to read ;)
As a whole the trail is pretty mellow. There’s no steep terrain after the first bit and the couple of miles into the lake are sheltered from the wind. I was able knock this trail out in about 2 hours total, I kept up a good pace.
The lake was really green in color, I did get to see some fish jumping and it seemed like they were sizeable. The trail doesn’t end at the lake either, it keeps on going although I didn’t look it up to see where exactly it comes out, I think you could do this as a little thru hike if you wanted to.
Perfect short hike when you have to get your trail fix but have errands too! At least that’s what made it perfect for me. It really has been unseasonably warm this November in Montana too, I expected to be ankle deep in snow by now.
Short and sweet post today.