Big Clear Lake is a 15.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cobalt, Idaho that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, bird watching, and horses and is best used from June until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 15.1 miles Elevation Gain: 4,452 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly


horseback riding


bird watching



Major Lake in a beautiful chain deep in the Big Horn Crags Big Clear lake, overlooked because of its larger and better known neighbor, Ship Island lake, is the largest of a chain of beautiful alpine lakes lying under Mount McGuire in the Big Horn Crags. Seldom visited, it offers scenic beauty, good fishing and plenty of space to camp. A toilet facility is also located near the lake. The route to this chain of lakes is the same as the Ship Island route until the junction just before Birdbill Lake. At this junction, a right turn and two miles will get you to this beautiful lake with most of the way looking over several other alpine lakes.

Wed Apr 20 2016

Hit this lake as part of a larger trip. Base camp set up at Bill Bird, then day hiked over to Big Clear and the other lakes in the vicinity. Upon the ridge looking down at Big Clear, it is easy to see how it got its name. Reminded me of LakeTahoe because of the color. Fishing was good, but not incredible although it was mid day upon our arrival. We did not see another person while there, unlike at Bill Bird.