Great hike with a neat view at the end and along the way. The road up there is pretty typical Idaho backcountry road with a lot of little rocks. There is zero logging truck damage to the road and it is almost entirely flat. It is just bumpy and gravel with a few spots that you need to be paying attention. This is a little far to get to but makes a great day hike.

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1 month ago

I am affiliated with a group that hikes or snowshoes on a weekly basis year round. Today, my wife and I checked out access roads to this hike. Our group planned to hike this trail on Friday. There are two ways to get to the trailhead. One is to head south from I-90 Exit 40 at Cataldo onto LeTour Road onto FR 613. This is a 20 mile trek on a dusty, dirt road. Ten miles from the trailhead, the road narrows to one lane. There is a significant amount of logging in the area and logging trucks have seriously damaged the road. Pretty much all the way up, on one side of the road there are drop offs for several hundred feet. If someone got too close to the edge and left the road it would be certain death. The road had several large rocks on it causing for a very bumpy ride. Logging trucks have left large ruts in the road. The second way to get to the trailhead is to go south on Hwy 3 from I-90 towards St Marie’s to Reeds Creek Road. Turn left and travel east for 14 miles. Turn left on Rashad Road and travel 10 miles up to the trailhead. This saves you ten miles of rough road but this road was essentially in the same condition as the other one. Further, much of this road is clay so if it’s wet (raining) the road would become very slippery. We did arrive at the trailhead and it was beautiful but we concluded that the risk was not worth the gain. We decided to hike somewhere else.

Did this hike with my Corgi early in the morning with no issues, really nice hike with lots to look at. The lake was awesome I wish I would have brought a lunch to spend more time there. Bring good shoes for the trail, it has some rigid rocks. Passed a few groups on my way out. Will probably do again!

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1 month ago

Great hike with a beautiful lake at the end of the trail. Dropped in for a quick, refreshing swim. Great views all along the way. Not too tough for our 9 year old.

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2 months ago

Did this hike last weekend with my wife and kids(10,8,6, and 3). The hike was a little much for my kids but we made it there and back. Lake was warm enough to go swimming.

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2 months ago

My husband and I have both hiked our fair share of mountain lakes, and we both agree this is the prettiest we've seen. I really want to come back and camp overnight here.

I was surprised that the hike descends for the first part before going uphill again. The description sounds like it's not very steep, but the elevation gain must account for height gained after it goes downhill again. The hike itself was gorgeous, great views and pretty flowers. And the lake itself was breathtaking. We'll be back.

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2 months ago

This was a breathtaking hike! The drive up was beautiful, the hike had views most of the way, and the lake is stunning. I'm already planning a return trip.

As wonderful as it was, there's some things to be prepared for. It's a long haul on Forest Service roads. It took around 45 minutes from the base to the trailhead one way. The road is wide enough for one car and rocky. 4WD and high clearance is a must. I drove a Chevy Avalanche and had no problems. The trail itself has very rocky sections and is narrow. It's manageable but you need good shoes and need to leave yourself plenty of time to take it the pace you need. The trail is so worth all the effort.

loved this trail. we visited on 7/15/18. the lake was beautiful for swimming. on our hike in we passed a couple who were hiking out. they were the only couple with overnight packs on. when we got into the lake we discovered a smoldering campfire. there were 3 good sized logs in the fire pit that was stuffed with unburnt garbage.
To the couple that left your fire burning......
"You are welcome. We put your fire out for you. Note for next time, make sure that your camp fire is completely out. Do not leave your garbage for others. You packed it in, you can certainly pack it back out. It is far too risky to leave garbage and and logs still burning in your campsite. Be a better person next time. Thanks.
Sincerely - everyone else who loves the woods like you do. "


PS, AllTrails strikes again with bad road directions. Do not take Baldy Rd. unless you have a jeep and enjoy dust.

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3 months ago

This is a really fun family hike with a few steep sections. Dogs don't have to be on the leash and you never really run into others out there which is my favorite part about this shorter trail. Snow is all gone and the road is clear for the season! There are even decent bathrooms at the trailhead so it gets 5 stars for that! Fishing was great here last summer too. This hike is BEAUTIFUL in the fall!

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