Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Challis 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.

hiking
8 months ago

Very difficult, good thing it wasn't too long. Beautiful lake at the top.

great hike. so much elevation but it is so worth it in the end.

Very steep at the beginning but then levels out. It was beautiful. A great hike for kids. Mine loved exploring around the lake.

hiking
8 months ago

Great and a steep hike. View at destination is just amazing. If you have a Fitbit smart tracker, it would take approx. 11000 steps and 200 floors to reach at the top.

Beautiful hike! It's a must do!

backpacking
9 months ago

Water is cold the fish are fun and the views are fantastic! Many wildflowers on the way as well.
Take a high clearance vehicle as there are a couple rocky spots.

backpacking
10 months ago

Great short hike. Crosses a couple of streams during the first 3/4 mile. Pretty steep for the first 1/2 mile as well. Great views and lots of fish at the lake. Nice campsite with 4-5 foot snow drifts in places on July 9th at the inlet.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

it was steep climb... but fishing is great!! we continued to fish pole lake this time... says 2b trophy fish there... but iron bog had more fish.. the views are amazing!!

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Quick but steep hike. It starts off kind of hard if you haven't hiked in awhile. Eventually it levels off and the views are amazing. The steepness means you gain elevation pretty quickly and the breeze off the lake was a little chilly.

Saw a couple pika while on the mountain and only one other person was fishing on the other side of the lake. Fish were biting at the little bugs so a good, peaceful fishing spot!

Definitely will do it again and will bring fishing gear.

hiking
Friday, July 08, 2016

It is a strenuous hike but worth the effort. Beautiful views and a lot of shaded areas. Hiked it on a hot morning but was a pleasant experience

backpacking
Monday, July 04, 2016

We hiked into Iron Bog Lake last year and liked it so much we planned an overnight trip with family. Short hike is a plus, the first bit is steep, and then gradual rise from there. From Iron Bog to FishPole is pretty short, just be careful of the rocks and uneven terrain. Our group had good luck with a total of 7 fish, with the biggest just over 12 inches. (None at FishPole with trophy restrictions 20"+ only, seemed over fished to me). Great spot for a day fishing around the lake, or camping. Seemed like a popular spot given the traffic we came across. We'd do it again.

hiking
Monday, June 13, 2016

It was beautiful. My husband and I enjoyed the hike. The elevation gain going in was hard but ok. It was totally worth it when we got to the lake. It was beautiful there was still a small amount of snow on the ground.

hiking
Saturday, May 28, 2016

I hiked Iron bog May 27th, there was about 4ft of snow at 3/4th mark and the rest of the hike and more. The beginning of the hike had clear paths, I'd say June and later is the best time to go.

camping
Thursday, July 09, 2015

It was a steeper hike in than we expected, it was hot so maybe that made it seem worse. It was also busier than we'd heard. We caught several 8-12" trout and camped next to the inlet. It was beautiful. Next time we'd like to make it to Fishpole Lake.

hiking
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Beautiful area, great lake and camping spots. Easy hike to Fishpole Lake. Hike itself was very short (1.6 miles). but first 1/4 mile or so was very steep and trail was slick with small rock or I would give it 5 stars!

camping
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Amazing hike - very steep but also short well worth the hike the lakes are beautiful - great camp sites and fishing

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

It is a beautiful trail, with a gorgeous lake at the end. I highly recommend it to families.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

First part is the toughest to nice beginner hike take your fishing pole and actually had over to fish pole from ironbog another three quarters of a mile 20 inches or bigger you can keep anything less giveback

hiking
Monday, August 26, 2013

The first half mile is really quite steep but mellows out after that. Iron bog lake is beautiful with excellent camping spots on the far side of the lake. Day hikes to fishpole lake and the other 5 smaller bodies of water were very enjoyable. I give it 5 stars based on the shortness of the hike and beauty of the lake.

fishing
Thursday, July 19, 2012

Fun easy hike! Great fishing if you can get them to bite. We hooked in to 4. Great hike for a family

hiking
Friday, July 13, 2012

Oh my. What a temperamental little spring. Short scramble from car to pool but quite a tough one!!! Steep loose sand hill. Be careful both up and down!!! Once you get there, fortunately you'll most likely be there alone. For good reason though.....unfortunately. Once youre in you're most likely out! Lol. Hot hot then cold cold currents beam you unexpectedly!!! I could not find one comfy spot. Right off highway but off some forgotten old road no one drives. Great view. No bugs. No peps... But no soaking either....at least for us. Quite the adventure though. Makes for a good story and memories to laugh on. Good luck!

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