Fairy Lake Trail

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Average: 4 (4 votes)
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Fairy Lake is a gorgeous green lake in a forested bowl at the base of Sacagawea Peak. The trail loops around the perimeter of the lake for an easy 1.2 miles. This is a great place to have a picnic, fish, and swim. The lake is a short distance from the Fairy Lake Campground.

Fairy Lake, Fairy Lake Trail

Directions: 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. Drive to the end of the road. The road is rough and conditions vary depending on the time of year.

For a map of this trail, click here. Map courtesy of Robert Stone's Day Hikes Around Bozeman, Montana

Trail Info

1.2 mile loop
Elevation Gain
0 feet
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40 minutes


Average: 4 (1 vote)
July 23, 2013 - 8:31am by: Jennifer
Gorgeous! Such an easy hike, and beautiful scenery. To say that road conditions vary though is a bit of an understatement! This road is awful! I made it up in a sedan, but shouldn't have, a higher vehicle is recommended for sure! Even the drive up is gorgeous, if I'd had a different car, I'd have stored numerous times for photos. There were plenty of cars in the lot, but I didn't see another person on or around the lake. I'm very much a beginner hiker, and this was not a challenge at all. Highly recommend this hike.
Average: 4 (1 vote)
July 22, 2014 - 3:16pm by: Felicia
Love this trail. My family heads up every year. Just know that there can be obstacles on the trail and you may have to do some climbing over rocks or trees.
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August 4, 2014 - 2:26pm by: Johnny Certo
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I enjoy coming to this lake before hiking up to Sacajawea Peak. I heard it gets its name from the alluring mist that dances on top of the water. But you can't always trust what you read, better check out for yourself.
Average: 4 (1 vote)
April 29, 2015 - 3:02pm by: Lea Brayton
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I have really enjoyed Fairy Lake with a car-full of friends and beer on a hot summer day. Just make sure you're picking up everything you bring in (and any leftovers that you see) so that this beautiful place stays clean for future use!
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June 13, 2015 - 1:08am by: Brittney
This trail might be 1.2 miles RT if you're starting at the Fairy Lake Campground TH. But if the access road is closed (which is the way to the campground), causing you to take the trail from the first parking area, plan on hiking an extra mile or so with even more elevation gain. We were confused about the campground's proximity since this was our first time in the area, and we didn't look at the satellite images when we got there. Our 3 & 5 year olds are now begging us to take them hiking again. Not! I'd say it's definitely a 5 star destination, though! Beautiful! Worth the two hours of crying... I think.
Average: 3 (1 vote)
July 3, 2015 - 2:17pm by: Caroline Miller
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Fairy Lake is one of mine and my friends favorite ways to get away just for the night. It's a crowd-pleaser when less outdoor motivated family members come to town. Also, it makes a great base camp for hiking up to Sac Peak or doing the 22 mile ridge trail (without the family members mentioned above). Regardless, it's always beautiful.
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July 2, 2016 - 10:19am by: V.C. Wald
What's the best time of day, in July, to do Fairy Lake? Bugs? Lighting for photos? Etc. Thanks!
Average: 5 (1 vote)
July 7, 2017 - 11:03am by: Adil
I was so close to walking in that direction through the woods but it was time to leave and my group disappeared. Still remember standing there looking through for a minute. Definitely exploring more of the meadows next time!!

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