Josephine Lake Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Riggins, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

7.6 miles
1,279 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly




horseback riding

mountain biking

off road driving

scenic driving



wild flowers


Josephine Lake is a beautiful high mountain lake and it is just a short hike from the trail head. The trail is well marked. This is a very scenic area. Summit Creek parallels the paved part of the Warren Wagon Road, with meadows on both sides of the road at times. There are moose, deer, elk, bear, and wolves along this road. If you see government employees at the fish counting station (Look for government license plates on vehicles there!) visit with them. Maybe you will be lucky enough to see Chinook Salmon in the creek.

1 month ago

Great trail with a beautiful destination! Highly recommend!

The road to the trailhead is not well marked, so watch closely for FS 316.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Another great job Ed. This is a great area to ride and you never run out of trails.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

This trail is usually not open until July due to the snowpack.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The highway road sign at the Josephine Lake Road is gone, but the sign for FR 316 on the dirt road is still there.

I added photos of the Chinook Salmon Counting Station on Lake Creek and of the headwaters of the Secesh River to the POIs.

4 months ago