Camas Lake in the Bitterroots

Hiking into Camas Lake is one of the most enjoyable hikes in the Bitterroot Mountains. The nearly 3 miles to the first lake features some great stream crossings under a dense canopy. The trail switchbacks up a slope that has massive slabs of granite. Reaching the lake, we immediately noticed numerous trout jumping at a moderate hatch from the crystal-clear waters.

Last year this was much deeper and colder

Last year this was much deeper and colder

Vida after her stream crossing

Vida after her stream crossing

Obligatory trail shot

Obligatory trail shot

This log bridge has definitely seen better days

This log bridge has definitely seen better days

Vida cruising up the trail

Vida cruising up the trail

First view of Camas Lake

First view of Camas Lake

Camas Lake

Camas Lake

Camas Lake

Camas Lake

Vida sharing her adventure with her 1,000s

Vida sharing her adventure with her 1,000s

Camas Lake

Camas Lake

Camas Lake

Camas Lake

Contemplative moment

Contemplative moment

Camas Lake

Camas Lake

Heading out for pizza and beer

Heading out for pizza and beer

Vida and Jeff found the snow

Vida and Jeff found the snow

Camas Creek sheeting over a granite slab

Camas Creek sheeting over a granite slab

Camas Creek rapidly descending down the drainage

Camas Creek rapidly descending down the drainage

Beargrass is blooming BIG TIME this year

Beargrass is blooming BIG TIME this year

Written by Radd Icenoggle

I am a native Montanan, who has spent a lifetime as an outdoors and wildlife enthusiast. I earned a degree in biology with an emphasis on habitat relations. During my studies, I had the great fortune to research and compose a thesis that explored the effects of slope aspect on...
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