Josephine Lake Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Josephine Lake Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Riggins, ID that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

7.7 miles 1272 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



fly fishing


mountain biking

off road driving

scenic driving


horseback riding


wild flowers


Josephine Lake is a beautiful high mountain lake and it is just a short hike from the trail head. The trail is well marked. This is a very scenic area. Summit Creek parallels the paved part of the Warren Wagon Road, with meadows on both sides of the road at times. There are moose, deer, elk, bear, and wolves along this road. If you see government employees at the fish counting station (Look for government license plates on vehicles there!) visit with them. Maybe you will be lucky enough to see Chinook Salmon in the creek.

1 month ago

1 month ago

This trail is usually not open until July due to the snowpack.

4 years ago

The highway road sign at the Josephine Lake Road is gone, but the sign for FR 316 on the dirt road is still there.

I added photos of the Chinook Salmon Counting Station on Lake Creek and of the headwaters of the Secesh River to the POIs.