Explore the most popular lake trails in Nezperce 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
9 months ago

There was a good amount of smoke due to wildfires, so a couple of us had trouble breathing for part of it. It took us 11 hours with breaks to do the whole loop (10am-9pm). The trail is mostly well marked except for a section 2/5 of the way. If you do the loop counterclockwise, you hit most of the altitude right away and you have smoother sailing for the second half. The area is very warm and dry, but there are enough creeks to fill up if you have a purifier. There is a 12 mile section without any creeks, so plan accordingly. Very beautiful route.

backpacking
10 months ago

Nice easy hike. Great camps along the lake Still mostly frozen with 2-5 ft of snow around the lake last weekend

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Great hike for all skill levels. A bit of an incline at then end, but definitely manageable. Once you get to the lake, go to the left side. There are some rock bed beaches as opposed to super muddy on the right side. Did some fly fishing as well, got a few bites.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Loved it! Beautiful hike, great for the dogs, although we wished it would have been a market trail because the first time we went, we didn't know which trail to go on and ended up 5 miles into the Nez Pierce Wilderness on the wrong trail with no lake to be found. We will be back!

hiking
Sunday, August 16, 2015

We did this hike yesterday with our 4 dogs, you see 2 other lakes on the way, one you can access, although the water level was down and it was very muddy, at least this August. Coquina was a beautiful lake and larger than we expected. It was a Saturday and we still only saw 2 other groups.

hiking
Thursday, July 10, 2014

my husband and I did this hike with our son for his very first backpacking trip carrying his own gear. Beautiful hike. great scenery. loved looking down over the lakes in the canyon and skirting past another. the only problem is the mosquitos are awerful even with 100% deet. the actually chased us in our tents where we spent most the day. fishing is ok but the fish are definitely used to jump for their food so take a fly fishing pole

hiking
Sunday, June 15, 2014

I've hiked this loop numerous times and have always found it to be an outstanding wilderness trip. Of course, you can hike the loop in either direction but I would recommend counter-clockwise. You will want to deviate from the loop and locate your campsites at the many lakes which are located on trails which head toward the main crest. Sheep, Echo and Baldy are among my favorites. You will add to the mileage by camping off the loop, but you will also find much more scenic and enjoyable camps. The east side of the range is much drier than the west with fewer camping areas. Experienced hikers can complete this loop as an overnight, but to savor the experience, I would recommend 3-4 days at least.

The access road which is 17 miles long leaves Highway 95 south of Riggins. It is primarily dirt and/or gravel and gets a little rough near the end; best for higher clearance vehicles. There are two campgrounds near the trail head.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

backpacking
Saturday, September 03, 2016

hiking
Sunday, August 03, 2014