Hike to 5 of the Most Scenic Lakes Near Big Sky

There’s something truly captivating about the myriad of lakes near Big Sky. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker, an avid angler, or someone seeking solitude in nature’s cradle, these shimmering water bodies offer a diverse range of indulging experiences. Learn more about these lakes in our blog and add your favorites to your Big Sky itinerary.

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5 Breathtaking and Scenic Lakes Near Big Sky

Deer Creek Trail to Deer Lake – The High-Altitude Haven

Deer Lake trailhead is about 3.5 miles north of the turn-off to Big Sky. It requires a challenging 11.5-mile out-and-back hike that takes 6-7 hours. This secluded spot rewards the adventurous at heart with stunning views and the serenity of a high-altitude lake. The challenging hike to Deer Lake takes you through beautiful wildflower meadows and pine forests. Dogs are allowed if leashed.

Golden Trout Lake – The Angler’s Abode

About a 40-minute drive northeast of Big Sky, Golden Trout Lake offers a moderately strenuous out-and-back 4.5-mile hike. It takes around 2.5 hours to complete and is dog friendly, even offering some areas for off-leash hiking. It’s an ideal location for hikers who enjoy mountainous landscapes, birding, and fishing.

Hidden Lakes Near Big Sky

The Hidden Lakes are a bit of a drive and a hike from Big Sky, but well worth the journey. The trailhead is the same, 40-minute drive northeast to Golden Trout Lake. It’s a moderate but strenuous 5.5-mile out-and-back hike that takes about two hours, during which you will see beautiful, secluded, pristine alpine lakes. If you want to bring your dog, there is plenty of space and even some off-leash areas!

Dudley Lake – Nature’s Oasis

If you want a more demanding hike, Dudley Lake is rated difficult/hard and is a 9.9-mile out-and-back hike. It is mostly uphill and, depending on ability will take around 5-6 hours to round trip. It’s secluded, great for horseback riding, and dog friendly with some off-leash areas. If you love a challenge and beautiful views, visit this lake.

Lava Lake

Lava Lake is about a 30-minute drive from Big Sky. The trail leading to the lake is a moderate 6-mile round trip, providing a moderate 3.5 hour workout with a rewarding payoff.

Its location within Gallatin Gateway makes it a picturesque hiking destination with a rewarding end view, popular among day-trippers. It is dog friendly with some off-leash areas.

Luxurious Comfort at The Wilson Hotel

suiteIf you want to stay in luxury and ultimate comfort after hiking to lakes near Big Sky, stay at The Wilson Hotel. We offer cozy, spacious suites with great amenities like a full kitchen, fitness center, game room, and complimentary breakfast.

We have a great bar and lounge, picnic area, outdoor pool, hot tub, playground, complimentary shuttle services, and ground transportation.

Browse our stylish suites, book a reservation, and plan your vacation today!