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Kane Lake Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ketchum, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until August.

Length 8.5 mi Elevation gain 1,784 ft Route type Out & Back
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ron wood
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Liz Olson
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Great conditions. Below freezing in the am but warmed right up. Dry trail, well marked, beautiful scenery

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Sarah Broesch
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It took just under an hour from Ketchum to get to trailhead. The turnoff to get to the trail is a narrow, rocky 4 miles. I would not attempt it without a high clearance vehicle. We had an suv and still managed to bottom out in spots. The trail well maintained. Last mile to the lake is rocky. There is a very nice camping spot with a pit and tree stumps for chairs. But if your looking for solitude this isn’t it. Trail was very busy for having such a rough road to get there. Parking lot could fit roughly 10 vehicles.

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Tracy P
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Rolling at first, then very rocky as you begin to climb. Last elevation push to the lake. Was well worth the climb.

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Juergen Sattler
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Cheryl Marcroft
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Jimmy Bates
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Real nice

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Rachel Olson
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The drive to the trailhead was harder than the hike. A nice lake. The hike was not too challenging.

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Tyler Hansen
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Tyler Hansen
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Connie Brown
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We started our hike around 1:00 in the Afternoon on August 6, 2020. The weather was perfect. There was a breeze throughout the hike, and a bit of a wind at the top. The hike starts in a forest on a soft trail with pine needles. The first mile was a slow gradual up hill through the forest and along the river. Eventually it turned into more stones and rocks. As we got further up around mile 2.5 - 3.0 we were hiking across huge rock slides. It was manageable and we could see the waterfall above, so we knew we were still on the trail. Just toward the end, though you have to boldly climb up huge rocks to get up to the lake. It was fun and challenging. The view was spectacular. The water was cold, but felt great after the long hike. My mileage clocked 3.7 miles when we reached the lake. We stayed up at the lake for an hour and still made it down before the sun went down. We were glad we had a 4 wheel drive jeep for the drive up! It was a beautiful drive up the canyon, but the dirt road to the trailhead had alot of deep ruts and large rocks. Don't drive a low car up this road. Highly recommend this hike!

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Pet Fish
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Beautiful trail with lots of variety. Really appreciated the shaded portions and the temperature of the lake on a scorching August day. We brought a few wraps to eat by the lake. Mine was on some sort of paleo style wrap. Crunchy with lots of seeds. The ingredients were very improvisational, whatever I could find in the fridge. A base of hummus, bed of arugula, then shredded chicken and veggie burger, all topped with some guacamole and pesto. All over the place but totally great!

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Holly Traut
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Awesome trail up to an even more awesome alpine lake surrounded by peaks. As other reviewers have mentioned, the last 5 miles of road to the trail head can be a bit unnerving- it’s more of an ATV trail so if someone is coming in the opposite direction there will be a bit of a game of chicken/someone will have to drive in reverse as there are limited pull off areas. Once at the Trailhead, the first 2-2.5 miles are a breeze, and then the last 1.5 miles climbs up through a boulder field. My gps tracked 4 miles to the lake, 8 round trip. Highly recommend this hike- bring water and sun screen as it is mostly sun exposed once you get they the forest.

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Nancy Sparling
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Such a beautiful hike. The 3-4 mile drive in from the main road seems to take forever. You will need a car with high clearance. Very rocky! Only 1 other person there on a beautiful day! First miles of the hike are a breeze and so enjoyable. The last bit up to the lake is quite rocky, but well marked. We picnicked away from the lake due to gnats. I don’t think they bite tho not sure!! Very remote - no cell service and no people - so be prepared. Would be easy to trip during rocky part if you don’t pay attention! A truly gorgeous hike!!

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Alysha Herich
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I grew up in these mountains and somehow never made it to Kane Lake. This is possibly my favorite hike in the area. It is spectacularly beautiful and a good workout. This is seriously one of the most incredibly hikes. With that being said, do not try and get to the trailhead without a vehicle with high clearance. The road is BRUTAL. I have blown many tires driving out this road before I ever hiked the trail itself. Don't try and take a crappy rental vehicle out here because the tires are garbage and you'll be stuck trying to change your tire on a one-lane rocky road and you don't want to be that guy.

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Shannon Christensen
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I loved this hike. It’s very easy to follow. There were some annoying gnats at the lake. But they weren’t to horrible. There was an easy rock boulder field to go through. It was easy to follow. This hike is a must!

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Jason Greenberg
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This is a great hike. About 3.8 miles from the trailhead. The most difficult part is getting there - 5 miles on a very tough road. I did it with my CRV but not sure I would recommend. We hiked it with my family (7 and 11 years old). On June 14 it was totally clear except for some snow patches. It did start snowing up at the lake level so we bolted back down pretty fast.

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Connor Limburg
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I would rate this 5 stars since the canyon is beautiful but the snow cover during our hike made it very difficult. The snow cover started about half way up to the lake and the constant post-holing was frustrating and painful. The lake is frozen as of right now and the deepest snow cover is unsurprisingly up near Kane Lake. The trail gets lost with about a mile to the lake and then it is up to you to make your route to the lake through the thigh high snow. Would love to come back and try this again in a month or so. Our fault for hiking this trail so early in the season

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Beverly Shook
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The whole hike is beautiful. Especially the destination. Plan to take your time. There is so much to see and you'll want to spend some time at the lake soaking in the beautiful view and waterfalls even swim after the solid incline up. Towards the end of the hike at the top there are some places where I would say it more difficult than moderate. Beautiful views I'd love to see again. The last 5 miles in your vehicle to the trail head can be stressful with oncoming traffic. Narrow and not always a place to pull off road.

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Andrea Jarrett
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Chloe Gordon
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Jeff Seely
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Jon Laux
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Jon Laux
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Steve Masztaler
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