As the leaves fall and winter’s cool chills the air of Northwest Montana, it might be easy to think that ski season is just around the corner. But we still have at least a month to wait before we can throw the skis atop the car and head for the mountain. Until then, consider taking one more hike into the wilderness that surrounds the Flathead Valley. A great location for an easy afternoon walk is Stanton Lake near Essex.
The trailhead is located about 15 miles east of West Glacier, near the Stanton Lake Lodge along U.S. Highway 2. The first mile includes a few steep sections, but nothing impossible and within two miles you’ll be cruising along the shores of Stanton Lake. At the far end of the lake is a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch and take in the scenery.
Plan Your Adventure: From West Glacier, drive east on U.S. Highway 2 for 15 miles. Just past the Stanton Lake Lodge is the trailhead. There is ample parking on both sides of the highway.
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