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backpacking
2 months ago

Wonderful hike. Definitely doable in a single day. I spent a night there with my pup. Hiked in after sundown on a Friday, got hit with snow overnight, and hiked out on Saturday. Highly suggest staying overnight. Makes it a bit more relaxing and less of a training session. On my list to do again and again.

camping
3 months ago

Dog and I did an overnight hiking and camping trip to Spar Lake. The national forest campsite was nearly abandoned for the season. Great views of the lake and mountain. There is a long barely discernible trail along a creek to Spar Lake. This is a hard hike with lots quick elevation increases.

fantastic trail! starts along a beautiful creek and then meanders at a slight uphill for about 3/4 mile. then...get your mountain goat on! steep uphill for about 2 miles with loose rocks everywhere. beautiful on top with views in every direction. don't go on this trail if you are wanting a nice leisure stroll.

3 months ago

AWESOME HIKE AND AMAZING FISHING! You may as well finish this hike by hiking into Ball and Pyramid Lakes.....you'll be glad you did ♡

Awestruck by the beauty of the Selkirk Mountains. Great hike with stunning views around every new corner. You earn your dessert going down to Big Fisher Lake. Playing around the rocks at the end of the lake makes you feel like a little kid again.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great hike but I don't know what was more challenging going up or coming down. The trail is soon to be over grown by huckleberry bushes darn it and has a lot of down trees and over growth about half way. In some locations the trail is hard to see on the up trip but more visible on the way down. I liked this hike for the challenge and the great views. It has a lot to offer for those who are looking for a little more adventure than the common trails. The only people I saw where a couple bow elk hunters. I'd say around the half way point is when the trail kinda falls apart but its pretty easy just keep going up.
I think the next trip will be up and over to Scotsman and down :)

on Salmo-Priest Loop

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful like always! Trail is a little over grown, you can’t argue about it being berry bushes though! Just pop a few in your mouth as you push through!
The trail is closer to 22m long if you loop and count the 1m old skid road.
Good luck and happy hiking!

Beautiful. Just needs some downed trees removed.

uphill.... downhill. amazing place

It was a good hike, however I would rate it as easy to moderate. The camp ground where I parked was perfect for me, the trail wasn’t marked very well so I ended up exploring a bit more, nice switchbacks, very well maintained trails, and very popular....... many people were hiking it when I was there. Another great thing, the road into the camp ground is paved!

As everyone has said, the first two miles are hiked along a fairly narrow ridge with some challenging terrain. Afterwards the trail becomes well groomed for easy cruising. The dense

This was actually longer than stated (about 12 at least). Some nice ridge walking in the early part of walk. We were disappointed that there was no noticeable summit. Early August walk included lots of wasps/yellow jackets. Trail was quiet and easy to navigate. We would consider it a moderately difficult trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike two days to do the loop. Easy crossing at river, trail a bit overgrown on the Idaho side. A few trees down but no big deal. Water in good shape at about the 5700 ft level coming up from the river. Also a last camp soon on the right next to the river at about 5500 or so. Dry up on the ridge. Water is pretty much dry at the corner to shed roof divide trail. A few birds, grouse, dried bear scat on trail. Two other groups on route I saw. HOT!!! would like to go back in cooler weather and bluer Skys. Nice trail!!

horseback riding
5 months ago

It’s a good trail but a bit tough. Your going to want an experienced horse if you are riding. Or be in shape if hiking. There is some ups and downs and both Trout Lake and Fisher Lake have steep, rocky pitches coming down into the lake, with amazing lake views.
There appeared to be a lot of fish jumping at Fisher Lake and that’s where we had our lunch, sitting on the rocks. Beautiful.
We rode in on July 28, 2018. A day trip only. I believe it’s about 5 miles to Fisher Lake.

backpacking
5 months ago

Great Hike! Lush greenery, started at 7pm just as it was raining.. decided to go for it.. took 2 hours to push it up there.. but it’s so worth it! One of my all time backpacking trips .

backpacking
6 months ago

Gorgeous hike, amazing fishing, and a bazillion mosquitoes!

7/5/18
Very little snow remains along ridges and summits in the area. Popular Trout lake lives up to its name! . Granite domes along the ridges have large cirques that support lakes. Lots of beetle kill in the forests. Big Fisher Lake was awesome and isolated and the summit above it offers a nice view of Pyramid and other high peaks in the region.

on Goat Mountain Trail

6 months ago

Hiked this trail mid April 2018. Would have given it a 5, but the blizzard that set in as we reached the top precluded any views at all- visibility was only about 5 feet in front of you. Was able to hike about halfway up in Hiking shoes- but required snowshoes the rest of the way. A great trail to know what you’re made of. Because of all the snow- there was no trail so we hiked the ridge line meaning it was more like 9 Miles out and back and each step was pretty grueling. Sleet started falling on the way down- stinging my face- that’s a first on a hike! But the views on the way up - especially of the Clark Fork river were beautiful.

gnarly

Spent father's day weekend up on the trail.
Amazing scenery the whole way. Trout lake is gorgeous and the camp site was nice. Make sure to bring water purifier so that you don't have to carry all your water in with you.The trail rating is appropriately rated so be prepared for a long ascent in the begining.

We are from Florida and have never hiked in Idaho before. If you’re not used to hiking on steep trails, I recommend some conditioning hikes before hitting this one. The reviews that mentioned the first two miles and the last mile being the most steep are very accurate. The trail is narrow for the first two miles, and there are some soft slide spots that could send you rolling downhill if you’re not careful.

Overall, I would say the difficulty level of this trail is “moderate”, even for us flat-hiking Florida folks. The trail is very visible and well kept, making it difficult for those of us with no sense of direction to wander off. We saw many signs of elk including tracks and antler rubs on the trees. We also saw some bear scratch marks on a few trees. The forest is abundant with Swainsons Thrush, which create beautiful echoing songs through the trees. There are also ravens in the forest, and we saw and heard several.

There are people who wrote reviews stating there is nothing to see on this hike, no grand view. That is simply false. As you climb higher, there is a breathtaking view of lake CDA off the northwest side of trail. I have posted a photo of it in this App.

The trail is longer than what is listed in the description. We hit 5 miles on the GPS and still had not reached the turn around point towards the top.

If you park inside the gate of Beauty Bay Campground, there is an $8 fee payable by cash or check. If it’s not a busy day, you can park outside the gate at the three parking spots in front of the trail head, or on the side of the road, and avoid the fee.

Overall, this is a beautiful hike and a great workout. Enjoy.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike but a little early on day 2 of June. There was 5 creek crossings and just one I had to remove the boots and socks being around knee deep in freezing run off :) glad I brought my poles. Nice single trek trail with sun and shade couple of Cedar Groves blow downs, thorns, brush, snow just about everything you would want in a good hike and some great scenery. In places on the last leg before the lake the snow is still a few feet deep and just a little clearing at the lake ( beginning of the creek ) No other people it was great!

The trail is rather steep and has lots of loose gravel. It tends to be quite exposed, making it often a pretty hot, dry hike. Wildflowers and views were nice, however.

Fun little day hike! Some down trees to scale over but nothing too bad. The ticks were very bad so be mindful!

snowshoeing
10 months ago

Quite the slog in the loose snow and on steep terrain. Not much trail to follow so had the chance to make one of our own.

Great weather all day; light breeze on top and the lookout was totally encased in windblown snow and ice. A spectacular sight and the views were incredible.

Don't fast before you go on this adventure...you could end up feeling peeked at the end of the day.

snowshoeing
10 months ago

Snow shoeing this was exhausting! The views at the top were amazing! Lots of wandering as well since you can't really see the trail with all the snow. Can't wait to go back and do it in the summer!

Pulled in the Beauty Creek campground area and crossed a shallow creek to start the trail. Highly recommend wearing yaktracks or stabilicers right now. Nice hike in the trees but was expecting more views. Would rate this hike as moderate, not hard.

It’s a good ol’ hike in the trees, not much for views along the way though.

backpacking
Friday, October 06, 2017

Great overnight backpacking trip! Took the wrong turn finding the trailhead but that was our falt. Awesome lakes surrounded by high granite peaks of the Selkirk Mountain Range.

If you're interested in this hike, I made a video of the trip and you can find it at: https://youtu.be/GjWZR1K1Fr4

Or just search for the lakes on YouTube and you should find it. Leave a thumbs up and subscribe if interested. Lots more to come!

hiking
Monday, September 18, 2017

The description of the trail included above is accurate. Plenty of wind-falls across the mid-section of the trial. Yeah, It's a calorie burner. 3.5 hrs in and 2.5 hrs on return to my truck. Bummer, JoRayne couldn't make this trip :(

No goats at the peak. Some Elk along the way at 5,200 ft. Nice weather and minimal wildfire smoke. Worth your time and energy.

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