Lake Estelle Trail

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Lake Estelle Trail is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hope, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.1 miles
1,263 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




horseback riding

nature trips





wild flowers




off trail

1 month ago

Beautiful day and a beautiful lake. Well worth the drive and well worth the hike to see the prize at the top. Kind of surprised to see so many dogs off leashes even if the sign says they should be on them

3 months ago

Nice Hike, easy with some

3 months ago

Great easy hike! Beautiful and thankfully only saw a squirrel. Definitely want to do more hikes in this area.

3 months ago

It was wonderful just a couple tricky parts like when a tree fell down you had to go off trail.There we’re not ver y many camp sights but they were all very nice.There weren’t very many mosquitoes.The lake and the views were beautiful.We took our pug he did amazing.-Lucy (age 8)

3 months ago

July 2nd 2018, passable roads recommend four wheel drive. Great hike for families lovely views at the top of lake, gradual climb, easy hike, highly recommended but bear spray.

3 months ago

A group of us went through Clark fork and tried going to Lake Estelle up Lightning Creek about 8 Miles up the road is closed do to a washout. So we didn't make it in not sure if you can get in through the Trestle Creek route we'll have to try again later.

4 months ago

Nice trail, beautiful lake.
Long drive up a gravel and rock road, about 18 miles. The road is clear of snow and completely navigable today, June 17th. You’ll want a vehicle with some clearance. We were fine in a 2wd F150. The trail is at least 3 miles to Lake Estelle,seemed longer. Trail still has stretches of crusted snow, and plenty of water from melting snow on the trail. We were fine with regular hiking shoes but a waterproof shoe with Trax would be ideal for the next couple of weeks. There were several trees down across the trail. Great dog trail, we brought two. Nice spring flowers along the trail, great views the last 1/3 of the way to Estelle.

The only wildlife we saw was a moose on the drive in the Pack River, a weasel (pine martin?) and a few pikas. Recommend carrying a can of bear spray. Tried a few casts for trout on Lake Estelle, but there was absolutely no action. The lake and views were worth the drive and hike.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

An easy trail with excellent huckleberries. The lake warms up in late August!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Nice hike well worth the effort with a rewarding view of this beautiful mountain lake.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Forest Service road about halfway to trailhead is washed out due to an avalanche, trailhead is not reachable June 2017.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Great moderate hike with a stunning variety of views.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Nice trails. Well maintained and good signage

Thursday, August 11, 2016

this is an awesome hike for families with youth! the huckleberry picking was huge:-)
the usual road to get there was washed out and closed. so take Trestle Creek Road until it connects back to Lightning Creek Road. the signage is great! the last two miles are very rough. I would suggest a 4 wheel drive

Friday, August 14, 2015

A great hike for families with children. It's almost 20 miles in from the highway to the trailhead, but the road was in good shape and well signed. It is a gentle climb most of the way, with lots of shade but also a few spots with expansive views. We went straight to Estelle and did not go to either Blacktail or Moose lake. There was one other car at the trailhead and we met the couple coming down. They said they'd camped at Moose lake and had a snorting moose close to their campsite overnight.

With children (7 and 9) carrying like packs we stopped probably six times for water/snacks. There were a couple of places with trickling water, but we started out with enough to get us to the lake. It took us about 3 hours to get there, but again we had lots of stops and were chatting the whole way.

After curving around and making a final small elevation gain we reached the beautiful lake. There is room to camp right at the end of the trail next to the lake, but 3-4 other sites to the right, crossing the outlet stream. There are fire rings but restrictions were in place. The lake was crystal clear we spent most of the rest of the day swimming, floating around on driftwood we pulled in, and sunning ourselves on the rocks. We explored a bit along the shore but were pretty happy to hang out.

The fish began to jump in the late afternoon and we lost the sun behind the mountain around 6. A couple on a day hike arrived around 5 and spent about an hour, but we were alone the rest of the time. After hanging our food (bear country), we spent a quiet night and headed back down the next morning. It was an hour faster going down (2 hours) than coming up but we were not moving very fast.

This was a great hike for our family and we would do it again. We saw a moose and black bear on the road a few miles before the trailhead, but made lots of noise on the trail so no large mammals to report.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Very nice trail with access to several mountain lakes. Mostly shaded trail, but relatively few muddy spots. There can be bears in this area so make noise. Beautiful country.

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