Explore the most popular Camping trails in Nez Perce 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
blowdown
bugs
over grown
2 months ago

3 day solo backpacking around this loop. Amazing views great trail. If you pack it in please pack it out. This is a wilderness area so be prepared.

hiking
2 months ago

dog lake trail. tough with 40 lbs on back. lake is georgeous with lots of trout

hiking
2 months ago

not a bad hike. horse heven lake is burned out and carrying a 38 lb pack 10 miles and up to dog lake is tough

backpacking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

awsome trail into baldy lake

hiking
off trail
rocky
snow
2 months ago

hiking
blowdown
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Started from the parking lot and took the loop counter clockwise to shelf lake. The route in was 7.5 miles and took us almost 3 hours, gaining and losing 1700 feet. The way back was significantly more difficult but shelf lake was worth it as we had it nearly to ourselves and caught more Cutthroat than we could count. An alternative way out would be to hike ~2ish miles to Sheep Lake and take the Goat Trail out.

hiking
bugs
no shade
3 months ago

Hmmm...I’m not sure what everyone liked about this. Putting aside the heat, the scenery is enjoyable only insofar as looking into hell’s canyon, which you can do very well from heavens gate lookout. I pretty much followed the track here. Campsites along this route were not great. The parking area was full, and I figured most people were at sheep lake so I didn’t go there. I hiked up to echo and he devil lake, which were not that pretty and very buggy. All in all, I felt like it was a waste of a summer trip. Go to the bighorn crags, wallowas, selkirks, sawtooths, elkhorns, or cascades before bothering with this area, IMO. I did see lots of Pikas and mountain goats, and some deer and a herd of elk that traipsed through my campsite.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

This trail was a fantastic and exceptionally challenging route to take. I started my track late in the afternoon and completed it by one in the morning. I recommend you take an exceptional amount of water as there is very little water along the trail. Download the map before you lose service because IGot no signal for the duration of the hike. I absolutely love this one.

backpacking
blowdown
4 months ago

Gorgeous views of the Seven Devils and Hells Canyon on most of the hike. We didn’t see much wildlife, as the scent of our dogs likely deterred other large mammals. There was significant blowdown but we saw multiple volunteer crews on mules working on it. We camped at baldy lake. We did the loop July 4/5 and only saw 4 other groups. Plenty of camping at seven devils campground for the night prior. Including the hike to baldy lake (which should only be an additional 2 miles or so) and the hike to Diggins Lookout, we ended up around 34 miles. GPS can be inaccurate but I would expect to spend a bit more than 28 miles on the loop pictured here.

running
4 months ago

This loop starts at same trailhead as “Ski Cabin Loop. It is a nice 2.7 up and 2.7 back on a cross-country/snowmobile trail. Super easy terrain, well marked. Pay attention so you don’t take one of the side loops. Cabin is at about 5,200 feet.

hiking
4 months ago

i lost my trekking poles CMT carbon with tape around one at the trail head. siemonbk@gmail.com to return please. What a wonderful loop. we did it counter clockwise. camped at echo lake and again at dog lake. with the side hikes i to lakes we clocked about 37miles. the views are breathtaking as well as the altitude. saw a wolf, a bear, a gray fox, huge antlers on an elk or maybe deer it was far away.

backpacking
no shade
rocky
5 months ago

Unlike many other hikes I've done, no obstruction of the gorgeous view the entire hike. We camped at the Kirkwood Ranch and has a very nice museum and old farm equipment. No one was camped on Friday and on Saturday, several people arived by boat and a few hiked in. We did have a visit from a Skunk on both nights and our dog had a brief encounter. We saw one rattlesnake on the way out because the weather was sunny and warm and stayed clear of us. Overall, had an enjoyable time.

hiking
over grown
rocky
7 months ago

This will be a tough one for those that are not physically fit and not ready for a good challenge. To see all 7 of the Devils is awesome theses thing are giants!shear jagged twisted peaks that stick out of the landscape like... well like big ass Devilish mountains

backpacking
Tue Oct 02 2018

Hiked from Pittsburg Landing to Sheep Creek. It was still hot in the afternoon but not unbearable. Trail was easy to follow until after Suicide Point. Then it was iffy now and then but not terribly difficult. Not water sources running between Pittsburg Landing and Kirkwood but three good sources between Kirkwood and Sheep Creek. I know you can use the river but I much prefer the cold clear creak water! Did this in three nights.. first night at Kirkwood. Second night at Sheep Creek. The third night back at Kirkwood.

hiking
Mon Oct 01 2018

Great loop! We did the whole thing and added 1.6 miles on to go to Echo Lake for a total of 28 miles. We did the loop all in one day, though if you aren’t in shape I wouldn’t suggest it. We ran some of it. Bring lots of water, there were a few creeks along the way if you went counter-clockwise. The last half there were not creeks. We didn’t see a single soul on the trail! Beautiful area! Highly recommend going in the fall. The colors were amazing!!

hiking
Wed Aug 29 2018

Did the loop end of July. I highly recommend it. The side hike to Dog lake is brutal. The trail has not been cleared in forever, so it's bushwhacking all the way. However, Dog Lake was absolutely gorgeous and the lake is full of hungry rainbows. Definitely worth the trip. I also recommend doing the loop counterclockwise. The 11 miles without water is mostly easy walking on well maintained trail.

hiking
Wed Aug 15 2018

I had originally planned this as a relaxing three night trip but plans changed as the “inn” was full when I arrived at EchoLske so I had to push it out a bit further than planned. I spent the second night at Dog Lake and then back to starting line with a short hop up to Lower Cannon. I found this loop to be a very tough hike. Unlike the Eagle Cap where water is plentiful that is not the case here. There was a stretch of almost nine miles with no trail side water. The hikes to the lakes are all a bit tough. I concur with someone else’s recommendation for doing the looping a counter clockwise direction. If you want to do a day hike then go clockwise to lower Cannon and get some great views of “The Devils”. I also concur with the idea that you should have some experience as this is not a walk-in the park.

backpacking
Tue Jul 31 2018

We did this loop 5 days 4 nights. It was 42 miles including a hike to Dry Diggins lookout, Baldy Lake, Horse Heaven cabin and Lower Cannon Lake. We camped off the trail except for Baldy Lake and hiked packs off for the remaining. We found excellent and/or adequate camp sites every night. By the end of hiking in 80+degree heat, you will sleep anywhere. Bonus of heat is mosquitoes were minimal. Lucky to have had volunteers just finish cleaning out the trail between Echo and Baldy, made for great trail conditions on 90% of the loop. It was a harder hike than we anticipated, but the extra day was good for resting up. Beautiful country and amazing views until the last day the smoke from the fires in the area was rolling in.

hiking
Sat Jul 28 2018

Like another reviewer commented, the actual trailhead can be a little difficult to find (from NF-4600 off the Grangeville-Salmon Rd turn into the parking on the left side and follow the path from the covered benches to the road and the trailhead is on the other side) but once on the trail it's pretty well posted. A fairly easy hike on an ATV trail with a few short steep and sometimes rocky sections. Passes by the occasional patch of wildflowers, huckleberries. But on the whole it's quite an unremarkable hike mainly in the trees, asides from at the lower section where there are some nice views.

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