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Falls Motel
112 S. Gallatin Street, PO Box 415
Thompson Falls, MT, 59873, United States
(800) 521-2184 I (406) 827-3559
(406) 827-3107

Top 3 Family Lake Hikes in Sanders County

  • Revett Lake Waterfall

Revett Lake Hike
Distance: 1.5 miles (3 there and back)
Description: Well used family & dog friendly trail. Waterfall, lots of shaded sections, well maintained, great views.
Directions: From Thompson Falls drive west to Thompson Pass Road/Hwy 471. Turn south. Drive to the top of Thompson Pass. There is a parking lot at the pass, the road to the trailhead is at the back of this lot. The road is 1 mile. There is parking at the trailhead.

  • Cliffs along trail to Cabin Lake

Cabin Lake Hike
Distance: 2.5 (5 miles there and back)
Description: Well traveled family and dog friendly hike. June time lots of blooming bear grass. Potential to see Mountain Goats. Beautiful fishable lake. 
Directions: From the Falls Motel, R- Highway 200 – drive 5 miles east
L – Thompson River Road, approximately 6 miles (mostly paved road)
L – West Fork Thompson River Road No. 603, you’ll see a sign directing you to Cabin Lake and Four Lakes Trailhead
Drive 8 miles, well used gravelly dirt road
There is good parking at the trailhead. There is also a vault toilet available here.

  • Elk Lake

Elk Lake Hike
Distance: 1.5 miles (3 miles there and back).
Description: Well maintained, family and dog friendly trail that steadily climbs to a gorgeous mountain lake. Bear grass, fishing and a great place for a picnic.
Directions: From the Falls Motel, Drive west on Highway 200 through Trout Creek. At mile marker 28 go right on Blue Slide Rd. Follow road 4 miles to Vermillion River Rd. No. 154. At milepost 10-11take Sims Creek Rd 2232 approx. 3 miles to the Trailhead #882.
NOTE: The drive to the trailhead requires high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle.