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Mystic Lake Montana Hike Offers Extraordinary Views of Treasure State

Admire the impressive views of Mystic Lake, Montana

If you’re heading to Big Sky Country and you’re ready to take in all the awe-inspiring beauty that Montana has to offer, you have to visit Mystic Lake. It’s one of the most interesting things to do in Montana.

Montana itself is known as “Big Sky Country” because the state is sparsely populated and relatively devoid of tall buildings. For this reason, the sky is known for its incredible vastness.

Add to that the world-class hiking and views that will have you stopping in your tracks, and you’ve got a trip you’ll remember forever. If Mystic Lake is on your bucket list for Montana (which it really should be), this article will help you get the most out of your experience.

Where is Mystic Lake?

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Mystic Lake is one of the most popular day hikes in the Beartooth Mountains. The lake is huge…it’s 300 feet deep and two miles in length.

Mystic Lake is nestled in Montana’s Yellowstone Country. You’ll find it just north of Yellowstone National Park. A huge advantage of this destination is also that it is located just under three hours from Bozeman. As far as Montana goes, it’s a short drive…especially considering how breathtaking the scenery is.

Check this link for directions on Google Maps.

Mystical Lake Activities

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You won’t believe all the amazing things you can do at this place in the mountains. It truly offers everything from sweeping and inspiring views to the activities you can do there.


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Hiking at Mystic Lake is the main draw for tourists and locals. Start early in the day as the boulder field heats up in the sun. There are so many trails to enjoy and the views will keep you motivated. Be sure to take some time to figure it all out while you’re on your way!


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Montana’s lakes are famous for fly fishing. You will find rainbow trout, lake trout, whitefish and bass in abundance. The chances of a bite to eat here are good, but check with the local Fish and Wildlife Department to make sure fishing is open to the public.


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Mystic Lake camp situation is good. Although Mystic Lake is open year-round, the best months for camping are June through September. Most people make it a day trip, but you can pitch a tent. Also check out Mystic Lake Cabin, which was built in 1930!

To go swimming

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Mystic Lake is deep and cold. However, if you like this kind of thing… give it a go! There are plenty of places to swim. If it’s hot, you can dry off and continue your hike!

When is the best time to visit Mystic Lake?

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By far, the best time to visit Mystic Lake is from May to October. However, you should keep in mind that the weather in this region can change very quickly. Pay special attention to forecasts. Also, you might want to pack some rain gear in case you get stuck.