Hiking the entire area (two lakes and two peaks), I only racked up 5.5 miles (plus hiking 2.4 miles up the road and another 2.4 miles back because my high clearance van couldn’t make it to the end). Continue on primitive trail around the east side of the lake to the prominent gully. The trail ends at the creek outlet on the NE end of the lake. If you love fishing, hiking, camping, or just relaxing, Cliff and Wade Lakes are ideal. Total hiking distance to Turquoise lake is 6.1 miles one way with an elevation gain of roughly 1,500 feet. The specific dates change annually so please call ahead for exact dates. At cliff lake resort, we rented canoes and kayaks for 4 hours (35 dollars) or 55 dollars for all day. Cliff Lake’s cliff is one of the most dramatic features found anywhere in the Trinity Divide. Cliff Lake, Ennis: See 18 reviews, articles, and 14 photos of Cliff Lake, ranked No.5 on Tripadvisor among 10 attractions in Ennis. Cliff Lake Trail Run Anyone who tells you that there are no good wheeling trails in Montana have never been on the trail to Cliff Lake behind Norris. Everyone had a great time relaxing and enjoying a picnic at the lake. This gully is filled with talus (in early season with snow) and leads to a saddle just east of the NE summit. The lake water was cold but refreshing. There are sign along the way for Wade and Cliff Lakes. There is a trail leading from Cliff Lake up to Terrace Lake. Your hard work will pay off when you dive into the icy waters aptly named for their turquoise color. Along the way are potholes to catch nice mountain reflections off of. We spent the day at the lake as one of 3 families with 7 kids aged 10 - 14. Location/Directions. Cliff Lake is a superb destination, it’s amazing how much alpine goodness is crammed into this short little trail into the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. With great views of Elephant Peak, Rock Lake, Cliff Lake, St Paul Lake, Chicago Peak, Rock Peak, Scotchman Peak and the Clark Fork River. Cliff Lake and St. Paul Peak run you only about 3.9 miles. Turn West on Forest Road 241 and continue 5 miles to the campground. Overview. The road is very rough and is more easily hiked than driven. Turquoise Lake trail #708 starts 3 miles up the Glacier Creek trail #690. The trail to Cliff Lake is short (1.5 miles) and gains about 300 feet. Cliff and Wade lakes are both fed by natural cold water springs, which allows the water to stay incredibly clear and partially free from ice during the cold Montana winter. From Ennis travel South on Highway 287 for approximately 37 miles. You can also hike to Chicago Peak and Copper Lake if you like off-trail travel. I would like to give a big shout out to the Continental 4 Wheel Drive Association out of Butte for introducing us to this great trail! 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