Directions: From Big Timber, travel north on US 191 – 11 miles to the well-marked access to Big Timber Canyon Road via Wormser Road. Follow the road to its end at the Halfmoon Picnic Area and Campground.
Travel Time: 2.5 hours from Townsend WARNING: ROUGH ROAD LAST 2 MILES
Hike Distance: 9 miles round trip
What to bring:
- Hiking boots
- Bear Spray
- Hike to Thunder, Granite, Twin Lakes, Cascade or Pear Lakes
- Hike to Thunder Falls
- Fish the Lakes
- Camp at the Halfmoon Campground
This is an absolutely breathtaking hike, the lakes seemingly just a bonus compared to the rugged Crazy Mountains that seem to extend endlessly into the sky. The hike is a decent uphill stroll until you get to the rockslide then it is uphill and steep for the rest of the way. I can’t begin to imagine to first journey into the lakes to cut in the trail. The views as you ascend out of the bottom of the canyon are breathtaking.
The hike takes you through the bottom of this canyon and around the base of Granite Peak, the last peak visible in this image. Be sure you watch the weather for the days you plan to be in, as you can see once the clouds come you are pretty well socked in. The day we hiked the trail it started pouring about ten minutes after we got back to the truck.
Along the way, you also cross two bridges, both very modern infrastructure as well as encounter a really neat old railroad car bridge. These provide an awesome spot for photo ops. Upon reaching the top of the rock slide you walk by two unnamed lakes and Granite Lake before you descend down to Blue Lake.
Stay tuned for our post about Thunder Lake and Falls as wells as Granite Lake. Thanks for reading.