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Harbor Lake and Wilson Lake is a 13.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cobalt, Idaho that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, horses, and backpacking and is best used from May until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 13.5 mi Elevation gain 4,061 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

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A nice hike in the Big Horn Crags area of the Frank Church Wilderness to two beautiful lakes high in a cirque. The hike follows the main access to the Crags area as far as Cathedral rock, then follows the Clear Creek ridge route to the lakes with a return by way of the Waterfall Canyon route. This high route gives beautiful views down on Golden Trout, Cathedral, and Mirror lakes as well as panoramic views of the entire Crags area from Clear Creek, Wilson Creek and Yellowjacket.

Cobalt Ranger District, Salmon Natl. Forest 208-756-5100

Trailhead: The trailhead is located near the Bighorn Crags campground. From Challis, drive 9 miles north on H 93 to the Morgan Creek Road turnoff. (on the left) Follow this pavement / gravel road for 20 miles to the Morgan Creek Summit where it becomes the Panther Creek road. Follow this road another 14 miles to the sigend turn-off at Porphyry creek. Follow the Porphyry creek road 6 miles to a four way intersection. Turn right at this intersection pn Forest road 114. There will be another intersection with the road to yellowjacket lake. Bear right continuing on road 114 past the Crags campground to the trailhead. Water is available at the campground before starting.

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Troy Gravatt
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Backpacking

I camped on Harbor Lake and fished both Harbor and Wilson Lakes. Beautiful scenery - in the mornings the water is glass and the reflection in the lake is phenomenal. Take a few minutes to hike to smaller lake above Harbor.

Jordin Petetson
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Hiking

Me and my scout troop did this loop last yeah for high adventure. We stayed at harbor and Wilson lake and it was amazing. I loved the scenery and everything. Great hike. Totally worth it all

Paul Hansen
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