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Lava Lake
Hiking - moderate

A bit of a misnomer, here—Lava Lake was in fact formed by an earthquake (though this could devolve into a chicken-and-egg story, in the context of local geography and the Yellowstone “supervolcano”). With a prominent trailhead in Gallatin Canyon between Bozeman and Big Sky, the trail clamboring alongsigde the aptly named Cascade Creek to Lava Lake is well trodden. Atop three miles and 1,600 feet waits a sizable alpine lake attractively framed by granite walls—it’s well worth the effort! And it is an effort, the grade cranks up and the trail switchbacks repeatedly before reaching the lake.

If you’re looking for... more elevation gain and a lot more distance, fork left once you reach Lava Lake, and the trail climbs to the east ridge above the lake, continuing on for the intrepid to over 10,000 feet and the summit of Table Mountain.

Distance:  3 miles, one-way

Elevation gain:  1,600 feet

Seasons:  Mid-May to mid-October, weather permitting

Trail(s) used:  #77

Map of trailhead:

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Notes:
 
TAMCLF
Date: 09-May-2013 Time: 10:45
Has anyone hiked Lava Lake since the warm temps and sunshine? is trail clear of snow and ice?

TAMCLF
Date: 17-Jun-2012 Time: 8:45
beautiful as always!

TAMCLF
Date: 23-Apr-2012 Time: 10:45
Did anyone hike Lava Lake this past weekend? would love to know the conditions if so! Thanks!

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