Hub Lake and Hazel Lake

HARD 13 reviews
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Hub Lake and Hazel Lake is a 6.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wallace, Idaho that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, camping, and fishing and is best used from June until October.

6.2 miles
3021 feet
Out & Back




rock climbing





Beautiful cedar forest start. Becomes quite steep last stages. Crossed two creeks; second one substantial(18-24 in. deep). Stayed at Hazel Lake. Hub was a half mile hike from there. Highly recommend.

3 days ago

Excellent and definitely moderate with steep sections. We logged 3.6 according to two fitbits and 2000 ft elevation gain. Trail in excellent shape. Take exit 26 off I 90 then 6.2 mi on gravel road. TH obvious on right side.

25 days ago

The map displayed is wrong as compared to the description as is the directions to reach the 262 trailhead. This is a top to bottom entrance and well this area is all about elevation; thus if you want to hike your tail off on the way out go for it. But I prefer the more difficult stuff the first day when fresh. Take exit 26 near Deborgia, MT. This is a tricky exit so be prepared when nearing it. Go 6.5 on up 886 to the trail head 262, just before the bridge. From hear take trail 262 to trail 280.We hiked in a dusk and had no issues with finding our way. The trail is steep and unrelentless with gain in elevation but worth every penny. Hazel lake doesnt offer many places to camp so we just went straight to Hub lake and camped at the west end of the lake where the majority of campsites were. Misquitos were thick to say the least. From the lake I highly recommend hiking to the top of Eagle peak and view all 5 lakes in the area. The trail is easy to follow and didnt have to scramble. The waterfalls above Hub lake we bush whacked to but was worth getting up on them. Definitely take time to check out the abandoned mine shaft as well. I highly recommend this hike, just be prepared to work hard for those 3 mi! No sign of bear though we hung our food anyway.

1 month ago

This was my first multi day hiking experience and it was amazing! We hiked up from the 262 trailhead. The old growth cedars were beautiful and the climb was fairly easy until we connected with trail 280 and started the uphill switchbacks where the trail became steeper. We camped at Hazel lake the first night. There is only one really good camp site at this lake as most of the shore line is very brushy. We continued to Hub lake the next day and set camp in a beautiful little spot next to the lake. There is still a fair amount of snow so most of the lower camp sites have water in them. We decided to hike to Eagle Peak and ran into a lot of snow in the saddle between Ward Peak and Eagle Peak. We lost the trail several times so we ended up wandering until we ran across the trail again. The views from Eagle Peak are amazing and well worth the climb! We could see all four lakes from where we stood. Hazel, Hub, Mary and Square Lakes. Over all this was a challenging hike but was not as difficult as I was expecting. We hiked this in late June and had beautiful weather the entire time.

11 months ago

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Gorgeous hike! More difficult than I was expecting but absolutely worth it. The scenery and the crazy amount of ripe huckleberries made the hike enjoyable still. As another reviewer already stated, don't bring a heavy pack!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

I'll say right up front, we took this one from the top and not the bottom and it was awesome! We parked in a giant campsite above Square Lake, and simply hiked the perfectly clear ridge line all the way to Ward Peak. The smell of Spruce was amazing! Ward is just above Mary Lake, which was our intended camp spot, but we could not find a way to get to it that felt safe. Also, Mary Lake has a bit of an algae issue at the moment, so we found the trail to Hub and went down to it. The weather right now is perfect, the colors are amazing, and we had Hub to ourselves. Spent a moment checking out the mine at Hub, and then took the trail that runs through meadows on the south side of Wark until we connected with a Forest Service road and back to our car. Great hike with stunning views.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Saturday, September 12, 2015

great hike, steady incline not for beginners. don't bring a heavy pack

Saturday, September 12, 2015

it is a progressive incline the whole way to the lake. I would not advise a 90 liter pack crammed with the works. the large cedar trees/forest at the trail head slowly changes into higher elevation forest. the incline changes steadily until you reach the lake. it has many sights to see. I went in September and the landscape was amazing I got to see a moose in the lake, a doe, and many none timid mice.
the fish were small. they like Flys but it was hard to get big ones.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

This is a great hike that delivers a lot in a short time. I took my son on his first overnight backpacking trip on this trail on the last week of June. He is 100% hooked on backpacking as a result. You wander through giant old cedar forest, along a rushing rocky trout stream with a super waterfall just before you start the uphill switchbacks on fairly open mountainside. We hit snow on top in the last week of June about where the log "bridge" crosses the creek but we were able to push through some 8' snow pack to the lake where we found only one dry spot (snow is melting and drying out fast though). The vistas on the hike and upon reaching the lake are wonderful with high granite bluffs, snow cornice tops, crystal clear water. With the melt we had 8 waterfalls surrounding camp. There was still enough snow pack in areas to play around with snowball fights and practicing some short glissading. Overall and awesome hike.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

amazing vista. cutthroat trout.waterfall at hazel lake(1/2 mile trip).dahl sheep.elevated campsite. a must-do.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Hub Lake is a scenic easy-moderate 3 mile hike from the trailhead. Perfect for a short backpacking trip or long day hike. You will see beautiful cedar forest, amazing waterfalls, and two lakes along the trail (including Hub Lake). There are two mountain peaks viewable, and hikable from the Lake. Advise you go mid-late summer as there is still quite a bit of snow in the early summer and downed trees have not yet been removed.