Grizzly Lakes, Tough but Rewarding – Zeroing In On The Bitterroots 101 Lakes
By Toby Trigger
The Grizzly Lakes in Montana’s Bitterroot National Forest are 15.5 miles from the trail head which follows Lake Como and Rock Creek. Not the famous one, the one that feeds Lake Como. At about 11 miles lays Elk Lake a mediocre fishery and three miles later at the end of the trail you’ll run into Bell Lake in Idaho. Known for a few finicky Rainbow trout that I’ve never been able to get to bite.
A faint trail heads south and winds its way along the shores of Mile Post lake which is a shallow fishless lake then meanders on to Little Grizzly Lake.
Little Grizzly is the kind of lake you can fish all day and catch 50 cutthroats all ranging about 10-14 inches. A short walk further brings you to Big Grizzly, one of my favorites for beauty and if you’re lucky a solidly built cutthroat may hang onto the end of your line.
The hike isn’t easy but its beautiful and adventurous hikers with a bit of ambition will reap the reward.