Mallard-Larkins Loop is a 19.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Wallace, Idaho that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

19.7 miles
8,290 feet

dog friendly




trail running





wild flowers



over grown


One Loop Option: The trail begins on Northbound Creek Trail 111. Head down the trail 2 miles (dropping about 1,400 feet) until you get to Sawtooth Creek. Cross the creek and follow Northbound Creek 4 miles (gaining 1,400 feet) until you come to Northbound Lake. Follow Trail 111 (0.5 miles) until it intersects Heart Pass Trail 65. Turn right on this trail to the ridge near Heart Lake. The junction to Heart Lake is 0.5 miles farther up the ridge, and the trail to Heart Lake is another 0.5 miles. To continue up the ridge to the high point, it is 0.5 miles past the junction to Heart Lake. From the high point, it is 0.8 miles to the junction of Trail 13 (if you decide to go to Crag Lake). Go 0.2 miles more to the junction of Trail 108, and turn right down this trail towards Mud Lake. Follow Trail 108 5 miles (losing 3,000 feet) down towards the Little Northfork Clearwater River (passing through a cedar grove). At the intersection of Clearwater Trail 50, go right (over the base of Mulligan Hump), and then 0.5 miles down to Sawtooth Creek. Cross the creek and follow the trail 0.5 miles to Surveyors Ridge Trail 40. Just after this intersection, the trail drops down near the confluence of Canyon Creek and the Little Northfork Clearwater River (to the trapper's cabin). Finally, to complete the loop, hike up Surveyors Ridge Trail to Sawtooth Saddle (8.5 miles), and back to your parking spot.

1 month ago

My boyfriend and I are just starting to get into backpacking and this was our first real backpacking trip! We had a blast however there were a few problems along the trail. The trail was pretty easy to follow until trail 108. In the beginning It was an easy trail for the most part however once we got to the fork of trail 12 and 108, the trail disappeared. They were both clearly labeled and trail 12 looked decently maintained but about 100ft from the fork trail 108 was practically nonexistent.

We decided to keep going however thinking the trail would start to come back or we would be able to find It... we ended up doing this for so long there was a slim chance we could make our way back to the trail. Not the smartest idea, we admit, but It was too late. So we kept going northwest, luckily we had brought a compass and some printed out maps. We kept going northwest knowing we would hit the sawtooth creek or the river.

Finally after about 9 hours of going up and down steep mountains and over/under tons of blown down trees and through shrubs that were taller than our heads, we finally hit the sawtooth creek. We ended up hiking about a mile down and hit the river and knew about a quarter of a mile back was trail 50. So we turned around went back up the creek and got back on trail at that point and completed the loop. It was extremely challenging when we lost the trail and we contacted the forest services afterwords and they said multiple people have complained about the lack of maintenance of that trail. I would advise bringing a compass, a good map, an excellent gps, and a lot of determination. It was a great challenge and I feel a lot more confident surviving in the woods now, but It was not the safest route by far. Good luck!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

This trail was my first "real" backpacking trip, and was absolutely amazing! The forest was dense, the fly fishing was great, and the views were spectacular. If you have the chance to take this trip, by all means, do it! You will not regret your choice.

1 month ago

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