Montana’s double secret: Twin Lakes

What would you expect to find after 17 miles of bumpy Montana dirt road?

An abandoned cabin, a lookout tower, or a grizzly bear or two?

How about a pair of subalpine lakes that just beg to pose for a picture.

Twin Lakes as they are called are located at 7,200 feet elevation in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest near the Idaho border. While this scenic place should be on every camper/photographer/wilderness enthusiast’s list, it isn’t easy to find or get to. An ATV or a jeep with good shocks will be needed while trying to avoid all the bumps and crevices in the road.

As you turn onto Lost Horse Road FS429 after passing Darby, MT (don’t forget to visit their smallest MT brewery there –Bandit Brewing Company), keep your eyes peeled towards the left-hand side. You will see lots of areas to pull over to enjoy the creek/water cascading through the rocks, creating small swimming holes with that mountain fresh crystal clear “drink me now” water.

Keep your head swiveling freely and you won’t miss picturesque sites like these.

Finally arriving at our much-anticipated location, I was shocked to discover this, in JULY!

Walking towards the lakes, the air was notably delicious with that organic pine smell. Wildlife warning of moose,  deer, grizzlies was also a nice jolt to the system, considering in our neck of the woods I only have to worry about brown and black bears, which aren’t as vicious. One nervous step at a time, I came across the beauty of the Twin Lakes.

My mom and dad in law and little niece were fishing, but without any luck, while I mastered all the courage I obtained from watching Ice Man videos and doing subsequent cold showers for the past few months and went for a brisk 10-minute swim!

So, if you are in the Montana area and are looking for a dope camping site/swimming hole/fishing spot/IG worthy destination, then Twin Lakes is it! Just don’t tell too many people, as to keep it pristine and untouched! 😉


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