Overview Stanton Lake is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Essex, Montana and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until October. Reviews Photos Tracks Kim Kehoe (136) over 2 years ago N/A: 4 Completed 2 Reviews Tim Gratny (136) almost 3 years ago N/A: 7 Completed 1 Reviews It is the perfect hike! It is uphill for a little bit then downhill all the way to the lake. The trail goes to the far end of the lake so you can stop and fish or go off of the trail to the lake almost any time you want. It is bigger than I expected too with really great mountain views. It takes about a half hour to get to the lake (faster on the way back) Cara Webb (385) over 3 years ago N/A: 19 Completed 8 Reviews Fairly easy hike, with great views of the backside of the Great Northern. I have hiked and snowshoed the trail, and actually prefer the hike in the winter! Lots of bear signs in the summer, but none sighted. There is a cool ridgeline hike (Grant Ridge?) that leaves from the same trailhead.