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Harrison Lake Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sandpoint, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, horses, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 1,437 ft Route type Out & Back

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Amy W
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HikingGreat!

Trail was well maintained. It was a perfect day for a hike. Met the local moose friend near the lake. Lots of people, lots of kids, lots of dogs.

Eric Armstrong
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Hiking

Great hike! I also went up to the ridge connected to Harrison Peak for more expansive views. My 2WD Honda Fit did fine on the road. Just take it slow.

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Jeff Heatwole
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Rock climbingGreat!RockyScramble

Been hiking and climbing this place for about 5 years or more and have noticed a considerable spike in popularity. Used to feel like a private, rewarding getaway, now feels a bit like your standard ma and pa campground. Kids yelling and dogs barking almost every time I go up there for the past 3 years. Still love it, but I think this app and other factors are tarnishing this place a bit.

melissa fry
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Great hike! Spotted a moose that's been hanging out for days.

Alyssa Hawley
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BackpackingGreat!

3rd time hiking this trail, first time backpacking. Great first backpacking trip because of the distance. Lots of spots. Water feels good. Moose friend was around our spot the whole weekend.

Jaquelyn Westfall
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HikingBugs

Great hike, gorgeous views! Not overly populated — we went on a Sunday. Not overly difficult but being bug spray!

Adam Manthei
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HikingBugsRocky

Excellent.

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Mandy S.
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Hiking

This is a great trail. Well managed. The views are not spectacular, but they are beautiful in their limited way. We hiked as a group - all ages - 24 to 65 and everyone did just fine.

Robin Z
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Hiking

Great trail. Not to difficult but there is a good amount of incline. The lake is beautiful and I would recommend hiking around it a bit for all the views. Perfect day!

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Karl K.
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Hiking

Great trail. Road to the trailhead is in very good shape if you have the patience to get there. Steady climb up the switchbacks to get to the lake. Great views of the peaks surrounding the lake with lots of opportunities to Scramble up the rocks to get amazing views. Trail is very popular on the weekends during the summer months. Would recommend to anyone who wants to go on a fairly easy short hike.

Alireza Marouf
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CampingBlowdownRocky

water...sun..rain...rock...hike...off roads...bugs...mud.... all the signs of good God mercy. I'm not gonna miss it...are you!?

Jeremy Reilly
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BlowdownMuddyRockySnow

Amazing hike! Most of the trail is either a creek, muddy or large snow banks the higher you go. Road to the trailhead is great

G Crettol
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Hiking

Hiked this on 6/30/2020. Forecast was spot on... sun, rain, lightning. The trail was covered in snow in spots. Other hikers turned around. The snow does hide the path along the way. A lot of fallen trees and small streams cross the path. After about 2.2 miles the trail turns left to cross the stream. When we arrived at the lake the storm showed up with heavy hail, lightning and thunder. It passed after about 25 minutes. The temperature was cold at the top, so we put on extra layers. Great hike.

Eileen Hittle
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HikingSnow

Hiked this again on 6/27/2020. About 1/3 of the way up the trail was pretty packed with snow. We were still able to complete the hike taking turns carrying the two year old on our backs so definitely still doable. Towards the end the trail disappeared and we had to back track a little, keep to the left and cross the stream and you should be able to see where to go. The views and the lake were beautiful as always. It was pretty cold at the top so I'd pack an extra layer.

Shane Patnoi
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HikingSnow

Went on 6-19 and half way up it is total snowpack and lake is still frozen over. 3-4 feet of snow towards the end of the trail.

Dave Unknown
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Hiking

Well, we got to about 1 1/2 miles from the trail head. So we hiked up to the trail head and then I could probably half a mile of the trail. The trail is still completely covered as is the road once you get about 1.5 miles out. The drifts still pretty deep I think it’ll be another 10 days.

Kenley Seefeld
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HikingSnow

Ended up hiking through snow for 8 miles out and back yesterday, starting from where we could get the truck to, to the start of the trailhead and back. (Too snowy to attempt the trail itself) Saw cougar tracks in the snow but no wildlife. I love this hike when you can make it to the lake but would wait a couple more weeks to try this! There were lots of excellent campsites off the road on the way up though and it wasn’t too cold! (5/24/2020).

Maria Cornelius
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

There is still snow on the way up to the trail. I parked a few miles down the road to walk and it took me 1 hour to get up the trailhead! I ended up turning around because the snow was getting slushier and deeper. There were lots of people on 4-wheelers and even they turned around because they kept getting stuck. Didn’t even make it to trailhead sign :( I am trying to go up in Mid-June again. Saw some fresh mountain lion paw prints and old bear prints as well.

Bobbi Mesarchik
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Hiking

drove up Saturday in my mini cooper almost made it to the trail head due to lots of deep mud. Anyone been up there recently?

Lorna Eisma
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I went snowshoeing on 11/23/19. Lots of snow but very warm. This is an awesome hike!

Dan Schaefer
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Backpacking

Backpacked into Harrison Lake on Sunday November 10th 2019 with a couple buddies. We were lucky to have good weather with minimal winds, but boy was it chilly. Micro spikes would have been nice for the entire hike up and down, and snowshoes would have been nice for once we got to the lake. The snow was deep, and in some parts the drifts were four feet deep. The lake is 90% frozen over now, and we had to walk out 40 feet to chip down into the ice to find drinking water. The ice was probably 8-10 inches thick! Overall an awesome overnighter in the snow.

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