Lava Lake (Cascade Creek)

#1 of 277 trails in Gallatin National Forest

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The Lava Lake (Cascade Creek) trail is a 6 mile, moderately rated, out and back trail that climbs 1600 ft to a beautiful lake setting that is surrounded by the Spanish Peaks. Located 30 min south of Bozeman, MT, the trail is primarily used for hiking and is easily accessible from May until Oct.

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Nathan Tellstrom (589)

48 Completed3 Reviews

Kandace Sylvester (120)

3 Completed1 Reviews

Ashley Bell (106)

2 Completed1 Reviews

Definitely not easy for myself and 9 year old daughter. It was moderate. Very beautiful and absolutely worth it! Very pet friendly. Lots of people but more than enough space for all.

Mark Wenzler (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Wonderful hike to a classic high alpine lake. No problem for my 10 year old (bring lots of chocolate!) Very busy on a Sunday but we arrived at the lake early and enjoyed some solitude before the masses ascended.

Taryn Page (38)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Awesome hike and beautiful lake at the top! Lots of rocks but trail wasn't too steep.

Becky J. (65)

AMAZING does not even begin to describe this hike! You have to do it to see what I am talking about! It is a moderate hike for a woman who is 55 and made it in 1 1/2 hours up and had lunch with the best view! Then back down in 1 1/2
Just Do It! You will ❤️❤️❤️ it! Great to see a part of this world that we as humans have not destroyed! We have to preserve nature!!!! So please pack in and pack it OUT!!!!

Heather Gallagher (70)

3 Completed3 Reviews

It's a beautiful hike but it is not easy I would rate moderate. It is 4 miles up and 4 back so 8 miles not 6. Be very prepared on this trail. It is steep in places and has many rocks. I suggest designated hiking boots

Alden Lowney (47)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Not too difficult of a hike, and has a nice view at the top. Most sites say 3.5 hours, but we did it in under 2.5, and didn't seem to be pushing ourselves too hard. Beautiful all the way up, and stays cool in the summer heat!

Allie Ferguson (101)

2 Completed3 Reviews

Beautiful hike. A little steep on the way up but well worth it.

Janet Zimmerman McNichol (393)

21 Completed5 Reviews

Nice hike. Clearly marked trail. Substantial climb. Saw other people on the trail, but it wasn't crowded. Lava lake is beautiful and makes you feel rewarded for your efforts. It's the perfect spot for a picnic.