Explore the most popular cross country skiing trails in Roosevelt National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

snowshoeing
3 days ago

Did this hike on 5/18, still a good bit of snow and would definitely recommend snowshoes. Lost the trail about 1mi from the lake, so be prepared to find your own way. Still a very beautiful hike.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Went 3/9/18, day was cool & cloudy with little wind. Trail snowpacked mostly and crusty but doable in snowshoes. Did lake loop and came back. Great scenery and enjoyable. Tom

snowshoeing
3 months ago

No one on the trail! Deep deep snow. It was a quick hike but gorgeous. Oh and a bunch of powdery goodness.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

I got here early and was the only person on the hill all morning. Still a few feet of snow on the ground so the snowshoeing was really good.

Beautiful hike, but a bit short.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYvRDuGEP_A

hiking
5 months ago

Just attempted this hike on 12/3. 90% of the trail was packed snow but the final 10% was deep snow with no visible trail. Will be back with snowshoes next time!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful and tiring hike. There was quite a bit of snow when we completed this trail a few weeks ago and it only gets more and more intense as you ascend. Although we weren't necessarily prepared for the depth of snow that we encountered, it was a beautiful hike, even with some wet feet. Out pup did great too! We ended up going off trail by accident because the trail at one point was difficult to find. But it wasn't to hard to find our way. There is a teaser lake just before blue lake so make sure you keep pushing, you aren't that far. The lake itself is absolutely beautiful, especially in the snow, and there was even a dry, snowless, patch for us to rest and whip up a hot lunch. This trail definitely has a good amount of incline and distance so pace yourself and enjoy the work! The whole trip took us about 6 hours.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail. A few steeper spots, but most of the trail is more of a gradual incline. That first view of the lake makes the trek more than worth it. Unfortunately, due to weather, we didn't get to spend much time at the lake or hike up to Hang Lake. Definitely be back to do this one again.

hiking
8 months ago

Gorgeous trail! Most of the trail is through the woods and is shaded, so it was great for my two dogs- even in the heat of the day. We were out there on labor day weekend and didn't see nearly as many people as I expected. The trail, like some others have said here, is steep in some spots, but overall the incline is gradual. The elevation will take a lot of energy out of you if you aren't used to it (and maybe even if you are), so make sure you pack several liters of water and a lot of food!

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing trail! The hike was beautiful! Tons of meadows, flowers, and creeks.
The hike is a little long and hard in some spots but when you reach blue lake it's all worth it. Bring good shoes and bring lots of water. LOTS.
It is heavily trafficked but only on the trail.
Once you get to blue lake, you will see a trail that runs up the side of the mountain. If you take that trail up there is another lake above blue lake. It is so clear and beautiful. If you have the time, and energy, I suggest taking the extra 30-40 mins to hike up the slope and see another amazing lake. I've done this trail twice and plan on going back several times.
Have fun! Happy hiking!!!

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome trail! Difficult in spots, but you're rewarded with beauty the whole way up and Blue Lake is stunning. We even saw a moose on the trail the day we hiked it. A word of advice - come prepared with layers!. The wind at the lake was brutal and we were treated to a brief hailstorm.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail. Difficult in spots. Wild flowers near Blue Lake are spectacular. Lake was beautiful.

The directions lead you to Hessi Trail I believe, it is past that. About 2-3 miles up 4th of July Rd (all dirt) to the actual trail head. Parking on the weekend is terrible. They have a small parking lot and people park on the side of the road which is already a one lane road. After getting over that nightmare the hike is totally worth it! The views are breathtaking! You can walk over waterfalls! We didn't make it to Diamond Lake which I wish we did! Some fellow hikers stated it was rocky so we didn't want to put our dog through that. We will bring dog shoes next time!

Cons: parking
Pros: views, water features, dog friendly

Hiked this after north diamond peak. Fire Road type trail to the lake

10 months ago

This trail is perfect right now. We passed very few hikers and had the lake completely to ourselves. The hike itself is woody, quiet, lots of stream-jumping, a good combo of easy-but-long, with an absolutely stunning payoff. Tons of wildflowers and very green and sunny this time of year. Little patches of snow at the lake but it felt warm out. Had to take off our shoes and rinse in the mountain runoff due to some intense gravelly mud at the lake but the rest of the trail was dry. A few downed trees to climb under and over along the way.

Gorgeous. We will definitely be back soon.

10 months ago

Ok... so for a more accurate idea of this trail, look at the entry for Diamond Lake Trail. This is a moderate, heavily trafficked trail. Two stars for inaccuracy. If you like a moderate hike with nice views and waterfalls, you'll like it.

hiking
10 months ago

Gorgeous views.

10 months ago

it's a road, it's all uphill the lake itself is man made and small you can circumvent the whole thing, the side facing the road has great mountain views. Was chased by a moose here.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful snow melt flow in the crossings during the trail, creates a cool breeze that is refreshing once you step out of the sun. Lots of downed trees from the storm and super muddy as there is still lots of snow near the top. Wear waterproof boots!

hiking
11 months ago

Hike through the woods with limited views until the last 1/2 mile or so where it opens up beautifully. Unable to make it the upper lake due to snow but will be back to get there.

on Blue Lake Trail

hiking
11 months ago

When up there over the weekend 6/4/17. Snow mix the first 1/2 of the trail with some areas being difficult to cross. The second half of the trip the trail disappeared completely with 4-6ft of snow in most parts. The lake was frozen outside of rim where you could see some signs of melt.

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

Went up there yesterday, 04/23/17. Still a LOT of snow. We didn't have snow shoes and had a rough go of it. We made it to the small boulder field about 1/2 mile below the lake and turned around. Unless you like plodding through snow you might wait for the melt. It was beautiful and peaceful. I'm looking forward to going back up in June to see the lake!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

beautiful place to snowshoe!

snowshoeing
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hiked this trail over the weekend in our first snowshoeing experience. Parking lot was almost full when we pulled in. Saw a mixture of snowshoers and skiers during our couple of hours. FYI, the trail was not near as packed around the actual lake. All told, it took us a couple of hours to do the full trail.

backpacking
Saturday, December 24, 2016

Good place to start backpacking. Allows you to reach other pearls such as iron mountain if you want to stay out for a while. There's also a beautiful plateau you can reach for a day hike. Gorgeous views.

hiking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Good hike! Be prepared for change in weather at the lake.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Great spot to hang out. Not really a trail. Hell of a time getting up the path.

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

Not necessarily a trail but it was beautiful. Started raining snow once we got up there, but this is where I saw my first moose! The road to the lake is a bit rocky if you're up for the drive. The lake was low but still scenic. Brought my dog with me and it was a casual stroll along the lake.

hiking
Friday, September 23, 2016

Good day hike. It is in the forest until you get to the lake. It is a gradual ascent and a good chance to see moose. Head west above the lake to get another lake view.

hiking
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thought it was a very good trail only reason it is difficult is to reach either summit and get back to the car you must be prepared to hike 12-14 miles.
Beautiful views of blue lake at the saddle

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