Crystal Lake Review
In the higher reaches of the mountains is pristine Crystal Lake. There's excellent hiking along interpretive and wildflower trails as well as camping, fossil hunting, and ice-cave exploration. The ice cave is a 6-mi hike from the 28-site campground; June is the best time to see the 30-foot ice pillars formed over the winter. There's a cabin 6 mi from the gate for snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers, but it's closed when the snow is too deep to navigate (which is most of the winter). No motorized boats are allowed on the lake.
- Address: Crystal Lake Rd., MT, 59479
- Phone: 406/566–2292
- Cost: Free
- Hours: Daily; automobile access generally June–Nov., but can be seasonally restricted by deep snow
- Location: Big Snowy Mountains
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