Independence Lakes Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Albion, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.7 miElevation gain1,650 ftRoute typeOut & back
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brandi ottley
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Joshua Fenstermaker
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Fishing

Great trail to get to beautiful lakes. I personally camp at Lake 1 as lake 2 can be very full of other campers.

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Drew Buck
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Drew Buck
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T L
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Juan Perez
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Hiking

Great trail. Took my 8 yr old on her 1st overnight backpacking trip. Trail was good stayed at the 2nd lake in a great site. I would day hike it again.

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Tatiana Greener
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HikingRocky

Took the road from Oakley to the trail, Wowzer was it rough,rocky and narrow. Plenty of parking and a nasty outhouse available. Some trees down on the path but not bad. No bugs really. Nice hike in only went to the first lake. Lots of wildflowers

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Alejandro Martinez
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Hiked this on July 9th, the weather was great for the hike! The first part was pretty mellow, the second half on the way to lakes features some steep switch-backs, make sure to stay hydrated and take a couple of breaks in between! The lakes were awesome, great views all around, a good way to cool off if you take a swim!

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Benjamin Schallop
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, only 1 other person was on the trial on a Tuesday afternoon. The trail is mostly dirt and some rocks but very easy to walk on. The first 2-3 miles are slightly up hill or flat. The last mile to the lake is a lot of up hill but worth it to get to the first lake. I went 5 miles in which got me to the 3rd lake. I highly recommend to keep going and not just stopping at the first lake. With out stopping for resting or pictures it probably takes 1.5-2 hours to get to the first lake and 1 hour to return, going back is a breeze. The most difficult part of the hike is the drive in we came from twin falls and drove in from the west (Oakley) the road is not great I would only want to attempt in an SUV. It’s a tight dirt road luckily no one else was on it and big drop offs. On the way out we went the other way to Elba, this dirt road was a little better and no big drop offs.

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Allie Mott
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Hiking

Great trail. Hiked on 7/3, camped at the lake and hiked out 7/4. Not too crowded and plenty of spots. The trail was totally clear of snow.

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Mark Elli
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We came early in the season. The weather at the trailhead differs greatly from the weather at the destination. Luckily, we had some cold weather gear. It was windy and cold. However, so worth it. We will return later in the season.

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Jamie Fritz
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Great shorter backpacking trip. Kid friendly. Was fairly windy, but the view is well worth it.

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Drew Buck
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Hiking

I wish i had known the trail ends at the saddle between the two peaks. To get to the top of Independence Mt. you have a serious rock scramble. To get to the summit of Cache Peak, you have to bust through brush for almost a mile. I had a 4 and 7 year old so we did neither. Disappointing.

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Venessa Steinlicht
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Hiking

Hiked in for the first time on 9/1/2019. AllTrail directions took us southwest out of Elba to a series of ATV trails. Had to double back into town to find signs that led us northwest instead onto a gravel road. Road is rocky but our 4x4 Suzuki did fine and we saw lots of cars making the drive. Trailhead was easy to find. Moderate hike up until the last stretch. About 1.5-2 hour hike to first lake. Hike out took less than an hour. Beautiful trail and lots of wildlife. Will do again to see the other lakes!

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Easton Andersen
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Backpacking

We took a backpacking trip here for the weekend, showed up on a Thursday and it was just us and another group there, by Saturday (when we came back the parking lot was full!!) Awesome trail, very mild for the start but that end is killer!! Caught a few trout in the 2nd lake, overall awesome trail and great trip! Would recommend and we will do it again!!

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Julie Taylor
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Hiking

We always love this hike. This is my third time, but my first time to all four lakes. They are gorgeous! The trail was very dusty and well worn!

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Justin Dalton
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Fishing

Great hike. The first 1.5 miles is easy the last stretch works for legs a bit. Saw a lot of small kids hiking. (Which is great!) The trail is heavily trafficked and shows the wear and tear. The lakes are all beautiful. The 2nd and largest lake we had great success pulling out 12-16 cutthroat trout.

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Randy Tibbetts
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Never got to do the hike. Got two flat tires on my truck on the way in. Not a fun day. Plan on trying again this month.

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Laverne Ward
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Hiking

The trail was beautiful. The views awe inspiring. Only drawback is the downed trees over the trail. You had to walk around or over them.

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Corwin Gardner
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take the road from Elba if taking horse trailers be sure to leave them in the trailer parking lot not much room at the trailhead nice trail pretty second lake

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Logan McMurdie
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Backpacking

This is a great hike to do if you are getting ready to go on a bigger hike.

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Sean Boggs
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Backpacking

This was my first backpacking trip in Idaho and the very first for my 6.5 y/o. What a treat!! Well maintained trail, though a few unmarked forks that had us back-tracking on a couple occasions. About 1.5 miles in the trail splits; stay right to take the newer path thru more trees and switch backs. The left takes you along the older route aka Ranger Trail up a steeper and exposed ridge. Once up to the first small lake, another half-mile is the largest of the four and where we spent the night. Frigid snow fed lake is great to cool off in. Lots of places to setup camp or continue to the other Lakes if you wish. Beautiful sunrise with the high granite backdrop on the lake.

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Jarem Rencher
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Backpacking

Relatively easy trail. More like 1300 feet ascent than the 2000+ that AllTrails reports it at. 4.7 miles in to the end of the 3rd lake. Fairly crowded. Saw probably 35 people camping up there between the 3 lakes. Spend two nights, gorgeous views and excellent fishing.

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Melissa Ficklin
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Hiking

It was a fun hike but the last part was a killer. Mostly shaded which was really nice. Great day.

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Kersten Resz
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It was a beautiful, and a well traveled trail. The last leg up to the first lake proved to be the most difficult part of the hike for me, but it was worth it! Great hike. I hope to go back and see the additional lakes soon!

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Nick Smith
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great hike, beautiful scenery... This was me and my wife's third hike as we are fairly new to the sport and still testing the waters. we had a great time but there was allot of traffic. I would recommend packing fairly light and carrying plenty of water. we only made it to two of the lakes but we will definitely be returning again...

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Paul Matthews
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Beautiful area. Not too close to Albion, Idaho, located between Oakley and Elba. Please correct your information.

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