There are few lakes in the Bitterroot Mountain Range as accessible as Camas Lake. While many lakes require 8-10 miles to reach, this one can be done in less than 3 miles. The trail shows a variety of wildflowers in early summer and offers a scenic view of the Bitterroot Valley. It is a moderate climb to the lake at about 5.4 miles out and back. The beginning of the trail winds around the mountain before entering the canyon in a shaded wood and then crossing Camas Creek on a footbridge. The pyramidal Camas Peak rises beyond the lake and there are two upper lakes as well. The trail to Kidney Lake is not well marked but veers off to the left before reaching Camas lake.

Getting There:

On Hwy 93 approximately 9 miles south of Hamilton, turn west onto Lost Horse Rd. After a little more than 2 miles veer right at the Forest Service sign for Camas Creek and Coyote Coulee. Follow the dirt road six miles to the marked trailhead.


Lost Horse Observation Point Road, Bitterroot National Forest, Hamilton, MT 59840, USA