Hunt Lake

MODERATE 21 reviews

Hunt Lake is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sandpoint, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.6 miles
511 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips





wild flowers

1 hour ago


One star for App accuracy! 5 stars for beauty!

To begin with, do not follow Google Maps to the trailhead. The road you want is the same road as the “Willow Bay Restaurant”. As of today (8/18/18) logging operations have the normal road totally closed off or dead ended. Take the road past the Willow Bay Restaurant and stay right until you see the first post labeled “Hunt Lake” and an arrow for direction. From that point you will need a fairly high clearance vehicle. (There was a Ford Escape SUV with broken rocker panels because of the depth of the washouts)

As far as this app is concerned; it’s useless. The starting point and end point for this trail is correct, but everything in between is off. Ignore the “trail line” in the app completely and just follow the markers (flags and paint marks).

The trail itself should really be updated to “hard” or “difficult”. I’ve hiked many trails in the Northwest and done my fair share of rock climbing, and this trail is tough. The ENTIRE trail is on boulders. Okay.... 90% of the “trail”. I use the term “trail” loosely here because what you’re doing is looking ahead to the next marker, and then playing a high stakes game of hopscotch for 1.5 miles.

The lake is beautiful and well worth the trip, and know you will never do another hike like this. Just read this and hopefully you won’t get misdirected and burn up most of your day looking for an actual trail.

27 days ago

The hike up was rough to go over all the big rocks with heavy packs on... especially with younger kids and knee injuries in the group. However, on the way down, we discovered there is a trail that is about 75% dirt flagged with red marking tape on the downhill side of the rock field. MUCH easier! It’s only the first few hundred yards from the parking lot that you can’t really avoid the rocks. The lake was awesome!!!

1 month ago

6/24/18 Road has been cleared of fallen trees and is passable. Requires a high clearance vehicle as the last mile or so gets a little rough. Hiked up to Hunt Lake starting at 7am, rocks were a little slick but snow free besides a few easily avoided pockets. After hitting the lake we went around to the west side and headed up the stream to the pass between Fault lake and Hunt mostly covered in snow. Part way we traversed back north on boulder fields towards Gunsight Peak. Went up the saddle just to the south and continued along the ridge. There were a few sections with a bit of exposure that required technical climbing and scrambling. After a few false summits on the ridge we made it to Gunsight Peak. Amazing weather and views. Took a more direct route down talus and avalanche chutes with a little bushwhack back to Hunt Lake. Good times!

6 months ago

Far harder hike (more like climb) than expected but beautiful lake with awesome fishing.

9 months ago

The last half mile or so of the road was covered in snow so my roommate and I walked to the trailhead and went from there. Besides that the road wasn't too bad; my Honda crv had no issues getting as far as we got. The "trail" was difficult and not exactly safe with the snow covering the boulders (as well as the deep spaces between boulders). There were footprints to follow so we decided to go ahead and follow the path of whoever went before us. Fortunately no one hurt themselves. We left our vehicle at 2:00pm and got back before 5:30pm. We ate lunch at Hunt Lake (now frozen) but didn't stay long because it was cold and windy. So if you want the mountains all to yourself and also want to build character, try this hike in late October-- otherwise I recommend hitting it earlier in the fall or summer.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

We were looking forward to this hike, but when we reached the point where we had about 10 miles to drive to the trailhead, you need a 4 wheeler to access. Our truck could not make it. Would've been helpful if this was included in the description--hope this doesn't happen to anyone else

Monday, June 26, 2017

Hiked in and stayed two nights over the weekend of June 24th. Weather was amazing!

There is still some snow on the upper path but it's melting fast. This hike is really fun and beautiful. We also got to see a pretty large rock slide on the south side of the rock shelf. A little scary as there was a couple camping close by. Always be aware in areas like this!

* the road to the top is a bit rough. You can bust your oil pan if you have a lower car/truck.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Great adventure! Strategic climb! Beautiful lake!

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

It was ok, hike was good, but a lot of biting bugs, trail was tough, but well worth a day hike, camping not so much.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Gorgeous little lake that's cold waters feel amazing after a hot hike, boulder hopping up the mountain.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Beautiful Lake, tough hike! most of the hike is rock boulders. took us 2 hours to hike in. and an hour back because we finally found the trail. good fishing. wouldn't recommend taking kids

Monday, October 05, 2015

Great family outing! Bring good shoes with good traction, a definite must! Surely feels longer than a mile in and out...a definite workout, but well worth it! Beautiful and serene!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

this trailhead is a bit hard to find due to all the branching logging roads. Also a 4 wheel drive vehicle with some clearance is highly recommended for the last few miles to the trailhead! Save some trouble navigating by stopping at the Idaho Bureau of Land Management in Priest Lake to get a current map and info on the road to the trailhead. The hike into the Lake is basically ALL ROCKS. Great hiking boots and a hiking stick are the best way to keep yourself from injury. The route across boulders is marked every so often with painted orange dots and orange arrows. not hard to follow if you look around. There are a few nice camping spots near the lake and the scenery is beautiful. We woke up to rainstorm that soaked EVERTHING and had to negotiate our way back over wet and some mossy boulders which made it more difficult. The length of this hike is well worth it when you gat to the lake! Just don't go when there is a possibility of rain or it changes the desirability and difficulty level significantly. My 14 year old daughter and I completed this hike at the end of August and saw NOONE there at all. Had the place to was nice.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Unfortunately, 3 miles up the State Park road, the bridge to the trailhead is out, probably permanently. It would take another eight miles on foot to get to the trailhead. We gave up in favor of other adventures.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Very nice mountain lake with views of Chimney Rock and Mt. Roothaan from the back of the lake. Trail is a scramble over the boulders.. route is painted out on the rocks. There is a faint trail at the bottom of the rocks that I find a little easier to follow.

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