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on Revett Lake
2 days ago

backpacking

Easy day hike, or overnight trip for beginners. Pretty lake with excellent views.

on Stevens Lakes
2 days ago

backpacking

4 miles of steady incline going in. Do-able but definitely took breaks to catch our breath. It was a busy weekend so we hiked up to Upper Stevens. Only a short hike farther and only one other party camping out. Would recommend and definitely doing it again!

on Blue Lake Trail
3 days ago

excellent view and great for all ages!!

on Cress Creek Trail
3 days ago

My wife and I went all the way up to the end of the trail and it took about an hour to an hour and a half. Amazing views from the top.

on 4th of July Lake
3 days ago

hiking

Great little hike- steepest at the end. There is a lot of burned forest before you get there but don't be discouraged. The forest is still B-E-A-U-TIFUL and the little lake is clear and breath taking.

on Upper Palisades Lake Trai...
3 days ago

hiking

Definitely a hike you want to do in conjunction with hiking. The Upper was fantastic, but prepare to spend most of the day hiking if you plan on doing this in one day.

on Goose Creek Falls
3 days ago

Good trail well maintained.

on Elk Mountain Trail
3 days ago

mountain biking

Best short ride while in sun valley. Bit of a road climb to start but well worth it once you get on to the single track. Fantastic scenery and nothing too technical other than some rocks at the top.

on Bottleneck Lake and Snow ...
3 days ago

hiking

Great hike. Trailhead sign doesn't have much information on the actual trails. It felt like it was about 1.5 miles to the fork and the first sign saying the mileage. To the left is Snow Lake - 3 miles one way. The trail to Snow lake is a steady climb with huckleberries around the last 1 mile or so, just ripe this time of year. A pack mule train from the US Forest Service passed us just before the lake. They had been up on the trail and lake doing some trail maintenance and they did a great job! The lake was beautiful, with serval fish jumping. We came across 2 nice camp sites, there could be more, we didn't explore too much around the lake.

We were wanting to hike up the ridge to the west for some spectacular views and then descend down to Bottleneck Lake. When we tried to find a trail up, we were unsuccessful and it only seemed like you could bushwhack your way up. Being around 80 degrees and wearing shorts we were not excited to make a trail of our own. We headed back down the trail, then at the fork with the mileage sign, we took a right and went up to Bottleneck Lake 1.75 miles away. The trail is a little more of a climb then Snow Lake was. Along the way, we made more frequent stops for the huge Huckleberries! Shortly after we made it to the lake. There were fish jumping and we came across 1-2 camp sites. We looked for a way up to the ridge, but it looked hairy with no trail to follow and a lot of overgrowth. Bottleneck Peak was overlooking the lake. Hike out was nice because it was all downhill. Saw signs of a bear clawing at the mud on the trail. Saw some osprey flying around both lakes but no other sightings of wildlife. Both trails crossed several small creeks, great for dogs to get a drink and cool off. We did a total of 12.5 miles seeing both lakes. The description here says 7 miles out and back. This is roughly true for just going to Bottleneck Lake and back.


All and all, it was a nice hike! Wish we had more information on getting up to the ridge line. Will be back to try again in the future!

on Grand Sawtooths Loop
3 days ago

backpacking

So many lakes to see!!!
Just make sure that time is not of the essence for this loop. Had 4 days to finish this loop so it was very hard to enjoy what Sawtooth had to offer.
Sawtooth Lake was by far my favorite lake - the initial view from the top if you're hiking from Grandjean is phenomenal.
The Cramer lakes are another great spot to definitely spend some time. Just simply beautiful.
Most of the lakes after Edna look pretty much the same, incredibly, but same.
Hiking back to the Grandjean from Elk Lake was very stale. Approximately 13 miles from Elk lake back to Grandjean and not much to see...
I recorded 65+ miles than the 63 that was posted so keep in mind you may be doing an extra 5-8 miles.
Ultimately, I would not do this hike again. I saw what needed to be seen. I loved every second of it, and wished I had more than 4 days to do it but this is life.

on Ship Island Lake Trail
3 days ago

backpacking

Amazing hike and views. Do not pass up the opportunity to take this hike. some of the most beautiful and diverse scenery in the state. Great fishing in every lake we tried too.

on Harbor and Wilson Lakes l...
3 days ago

backpacking

I camped on Harbor Lake and fished both Harbor and Wilson Lakes. Beautiful scenery - in the mornings the water is glass and the reflection in the lake is phenomenal. Take a few minutes to hike to smaller lake above Harbor.

on Trout & Big Fisher Lakes
3 days ago

camping

This is one of the higher elevation trails i have done in the Selkirks, with the lake being around 6300 feet and much of the hike above this. Plan on a fairly strenuous hike with about 2300 feet gain in, and right up around 3000 feet round trip. Near the top of the ridge at the last part of the hike a great view of the Selkirks to the south can be seen, including chimney rock in the distance. the last half mile of the hike drops very steeply down into a cirque (800 feet), so make sure you have plenty of food for energy on this hike, especially if you plan on an out and back. Campers be aware there is no bear box, so plan accordingly.

on Box Lake Trail
3 days ago

Great day hike! Definitely not an easy hike but the views are worth the aching knees and glutes! It took us about 2 hrs to hike up and about an hour and a half to get back down with light packs. We were pleasantly surprised to see how much camping space is around the beach area so we're planning on coming back to stay a night. So beautiful!

on Goldbug (Elk Bend) Hot Sp...
4 days ago

Awesome trail, make sure you wear hiking boots!, mine saved mine a couple of times

on Independence Lakes Trail
4 days ago

hiking

It was a fun hike but the last part was a killer. Mostly shaded which was really nice. Great day.

on Mores Mountain Loop
4 days ago

Peaceful and not busy. Easy climb for good view and lunch on the trail.