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absolutely spectacular views. it can get a little confusing once you get off the beaten path but as long as you keep the creek on your right and the mountain on your left, you'll be fine.

Wow! Here's one that makes you work for it! The trail is steep and at high elevation, so expect to need to stop for breathers if you're not used to either. However, the views make it all worth it. It's not a long trail, is well defined and easy to follow. As you get closer to the lake, you realize the magnitude of your surroundings. We saw someone camping on the far shore and could barely make them out they were so far away. This area is so special and otherworldly. I highly recommend the hike. P.S. It was super windy and cold when we were there in mid-September. It even started to snow on our way back around the loop road. So prepare for adverse weather conditions no matter the time of year.

Great trail!


Great area with beautiful views. Lots of options for side trails and adventures!

8/25/18 I’ll start from the beginning!
The drive in was very long and slightly depressing with all the burned trees from a previous year’s fire. We got to the trail head with relatively little trouble but it was quite the bumpy ride even in the Jeep. The first part of the hike is quite downhill but in a pretty Forrest. It kind of leveled out with just a slight downhill but came into a very large burned area. There’s new growth coming but all the trees are burned and dead. The new growth is beautiful purple flowers though! They were very uniquely pretty amongst the black burnt logs. Much of the trail is very overgrown. Wear long pants! There’s also a lot of small water crossings in this area. After a long walk through the Forrest, you come to the turn toward the river. You have to walk through the river and through the narrows to get to the shower. This included rushing water up to our knees. The shower is about a quarter mile past the end of the narrows. There’s a about 2 camping spots right by the shower and more on rock barges. We expected to have the place to ourselves but were very wrong! About 3 other families had the same idea this weekend! The pools were good but requires some cleaning and maintenance. There’s a shovel there to help.

Tips: Wear good pants for walking through all the brush. Bring 3 pairs of socks. Your feet will be very wet after walking through the narrows. Trekking poles are a must! Not just for the elevation changes but for the trek for the narrows! It would be hard crossing the rushing water without them. Bring a swim suit! You might not be alone!

Beautiful hike. Worth the time. Hubby even caught some fish

One of my all time favorite places in the Sawtooths. This hike is tough and steep but with amazing and rewarding views. The trail is not the easiest to find or follow, it is not marked. Head across the river at flat rock junction (enjoy some time sliding down the rocks here too) before finding the trail to the north.

Just accomplished this hike the first Sunday in August and it was a good workout to say the least ! Started with Walhstrom Hollow trail and ended with Third Fork. beautiful hike !

5 months ago

This hike was SO beautiful but it was pretty tough!
It is a steady incline for about two miles. The last mile/mile and a half is a CLIMB!!! Make sure you watch the trails and record your hike. It’s hard to find your way back.

Worth it!!

Beautiful trail. Difficult climb at the end but worth the effort! Lake is spectacular!

Hiked this morning, July 15, moderate difficulty. Good shade throughout. May want to wear a pair of light pants and a good portion of the trail has thistle growing at the edge of a narrow path: I had shorts on and was poked a bit but not horribly. Few spots on the end where the steep decent along with fine gravel makes things a bit greasy. Good overall experience

The two trails shown here are Wildhorse Lake Trail and Steens Mountain Summit Trail, both start from the same parking lot.

The summit trail is actually a service road that is very steep but not too long. I do a lot of hiking and backpacking and was surprised how tiring the walk up was but remember this is at almost 10,000ft so that may affect you. The lake trail is very very steep with harsh switchbacks, but it's pretty short as well.

There is a third trail that branches off of the lake trail and goes along the ridge to the right, maybe a mile or so. It is pretty fun but isn't for children. It's rocky and on the ledge, though it's nothing too intense but not safe for some. I don't know the name of this trail unfortunately. I'll refer to it as Wildhorse Ridge Trail

love this trail didn't make the full loop because I didn't know when it ended. Has alot of shaded areas, listened to river just beautiful

My 10 yr old daughter and I hiked this today. We enjoyed the Canyon and made it all the way to Soldier Lakes. Only got 1 tick on me, 2 bull snakes and 1 rattlesnake. Would definitely hike this trail again but maybe earlier in the spring to avoid the snakes. I dislike rattlers...

Wasn’t a bad hike! Took my dog on a Sunday in February and there were patches of bare trail. We only did about 2.5 miles out-and-back cus it was so cold but it was fun! Will probably do the whole loop this summer.

been on this trail many times with my horses

Monday, August 21, 2017

We actually started this track as a day hike from Alpine Lake. Since we were only packing about 5 lbs and it was a 5 mile round trip, it was a really enjoyable day.

We had lunch between Upper Baron and Baron and we were the only people in the area. The shore of Upper Baron is so quiet you can hear a pin drop, while Baron has the sound of waterfall coming from the Upper lake.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017

It was an amazing time spending 6 days out there. Well groomed trail amazing camping spots. They hike was rough getting in a lot of hills and packing for 6 days made it difficult but well worth it

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Beautiful view, trails are still a little muddy but most the snow is gone. There are a few spots where you have to cross the creek so be prepared. We camped and there are no trees at the lake, so bring your own shade. Lots of flowers blooming in July

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Amazing scenery the whole time. Fishing is decent, Not for beginners.

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Bighorn Crags are hands down the most beautiful place I've ever been. Its been 4 months since our trip and i still think about everyday.

great views... trails are good, not great. the view though - simply amazing. feul up at burns!!! Road is better, but still gravelly and bumpy so make sure to have good tires. 5 star for the views.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

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.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

It was a nice hike, it is hot and dusty without much coverage from the sun in portions of the trail. Bring lots of water.

Monday, April 18, 2016

First things first. Make sure you have a spare, there is a lot of dirt road to the TH. We needed it. It is a rough go the last 10 miles or so in the car.

On to the hike.
Possibly the best backpacking tip yet. I did this hike with a few other guys ranging in age from upper 30s to low 50s.
We took 2 days in and 2 days out, setting up a base camp at Bill bird and Gentian lakes. We had a very late start at the TH (starting sometime after midnight, due to car, and tire issues).

Ship island lake was like a post card, the pictures don't do it justice. We crossed paths with one couple on their way out from the end of Ship Island, as we broke camp near the trail split to Cathedral lake. One of them looked just beat, and the other just tired. That is a long haul if you are not in shape. My group set up a base camp near Bill Bird, and Gentian. We then did day hikes out to different basins Ship Island was the favorite trip due to the view, and the fishing in Ship Island, an Airplane lake which we hit on the way back to camp. Another day we hiked over to Big Clear lake and several others in that area.Fish were caught in all lakes, using flies, spinners, spoons, or jigs. Ship Island was the best fishing, and likely held larger fish, although we did not catch much over 10-12 inches. Still alot of fun though. We chose not to hike to the end of Ship island to view the cascade into the Salmon river, but were told that it is phenomenal. Maybe next time. on the way back out we stopped near Cathedral again, and fished there. It is a bog, full of mosquitoes, and only fair fishing.

We met beautiful weather for the most part, only slight sprinkles during the day on occasion. On night we did have severe winds, thunder, lightning, and decent rain fall you could hear the wind gushing down the mountain side, and then it would hit you several seconds later. Spending the first night in my hammock and tarp during a storm of such size was a little nerve wracking.

My trip was late July, and we encountered a fairly large patch of snow that needed to be crossed while descending the switchbacks near Harbor and Wilson lakes, going toward Bill Bird.

I would recommend this trip. Just know that you are going to be doing a lot of smaller elevation changes along the way. We also met 2 groups of forest service rangers while on the trip who were there to make sure the camp sites and trails were being maintained. They said that aluminum foil was the biggest problem typically, so please pack it out.

Lovely views, flowers, and birds.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Nice little loop, family friendly

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