Looking for a great trail in Nezperce National Forest, Idaho? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 5 hard trails in Nezperce National Forest ranging from 14.8 to 27.9 miles and from 1,748 to 8,310 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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snow
14 days ago

This is a short hike and worth the drive out to it. It’s beautiful out there. There is now snow on the trail which makes it a bit more slippery going up. This trail isn’t a difficult climb due to how short it is. However, the steepness and snow do make it semi challenging. I’d appropriate this hike a moderate ranking. When I had reached the top yesterday, I discovered the building is now boarded up, regardless the view is sensational.

hiking
22 days ago

This a beautiful, rugged and a bit confusing trail at the beginning. The trail turns into a road and you wonder where it went? Keep following the road past the old livestock corral with the small barn Also there are several gates and some blowdown Trail is muddy in some parts Beautiful mountain lake with clear water Hunters are allowed here and I met several elk hunters so it might be a good idea to wear some orange I found it to be a good workout and longer than 8 miles Like our adventures on Facebook, “Apackof2 for the Road” Follow us on Twitter, “apackof2fortherd”

backpacking
22 days ago

One of my favorite hikes! Sheep Lake is full of camping spots. Gorgeous views of He Devil and She Devil. Took this shortcut and made it to the lake in about an hour and 15 minutes. Camped for two nights, had the second night to ourselves in August. Hiked around to the other side and scrambled up to the top of He Devil. Great area!

hiking
1 month ago

So when I read the other reviews of how steep and in some spots technical this trail is, I figured maybe they were exaggerating... they are not. It says “moderate” because of the length, but probably should be labeled “hard” due to the exposure in some places. We went on a cold, foggy, and rainy day so footing was a bit precarious at times. Couldn’t see much thanks to the fog, but I hear it’s beautiful lol!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, decently long sections of scrambling though. Wouldn't recommend it for dogs.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
over grown
1 month 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
1 month ago

we did it.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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

hiking
1 month ago

Quick way to get into sheep lake... hard to find the beginning of the trail since it’s not marked you have to kind of walk through a campsite, head for the saddle & once you go up the mountain over looking mirror lake, you (most likely) are going lose the trail it’ll be to the right once you get to the top of this saddle you’ll head down what looks like it’s not a trail this part is pretty sketchy since you’re so close to the edge many times but once you hit sheep lake it’s all worth it! Just remember two saddles & you should be good! Happy hiking! :)

backpacking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

awsome trail into baldy lake

hiking
1 month ago

great short cut to a beautiful lake.

hiking
off trail
rocky
snow
1 month ago

hiking
blowdown
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Beautiful but steep climb up Goat Trail Pass from Seven Devils Campground summits with amazing views of Mirror Lake below Tower of Babel. The initial decent into Sheep Lake is a bit of a scramble then it side-hills nicely for a little while. There is a scree patch as you finally drop into Sheep Lake that I would recommend trekking poles on but if not just take it slow. BRING BUG SPRAY to Sheep Lake, especially if you plan on camping.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Enjoyable and challenging out-and-back. According to my GPS, it's about 9 miles each way, or 18 if you do it all in one day. The first 3.5 miles are completely exposed to the sun; a forest fire turned all the trees into bleached and charred skeletons in that section. The rest of the hike is very nice, though.

hiking
2 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
2 months ago

Mirror Lake to Trail Head. Very rugged and extremely steep. Largely bushwhacking with full packs up 600’ climb. Beautiful lake with backdrop of Tower of Babel.

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked from the trailhead to Gem Lake where we camped. The next day was a day hike to Rock Island Lake and then down to Shelf lake where we fished. Hike to Gem was rugged yet well established horse trail. Trail to Rock Island was bushwhacking. Caught a 16” rainbow on Gem with a worm, but no luck with flies.

hiking
bugs
no shade
2 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.

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