Moose Lake Loop

MODERATE 22 reviews
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Moose Lake Loop is a 5.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hope, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.9 miles
1,578 feet

dog friendly



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Hidden in the eastern reaches of Kaniksu National Forest, this leisurely 7-mile loop pushes toward Blacktail Lake before climbing up Moose Mountain and dropping down to Moose Lake. Start by heading southwest on the Moose Creek Trail from the parking lot at the end of Forest Service Road 1022. After 0.6 mile, turn right on the Blacktail Lake Trail and begin climbing up a hill separating Blacktail Lake and Moose Lake. At mile 2.4, bear left to hit the Moose Mountain Trail (the right fork brings downhill to Blacktail Lake, 0.6 mile away). Moose Mountains peak is preceded by a revealing ridgeline serving up vistas of both nearby lakes and the surrounding mountain country. Once at the peak, the trail bends to the east while descending another ridge toward Moose Lake. Along the way, youll hike down a staircase of rock, through a clearing and past marshland encroaching the lake's shore. Primitive campsites are situated elsewhere along the lakes shoreline, and the lake itself provides fishing for small, yet active, brook trout. Return to the trailhead via looping back with the Moose Creek Trail.

11 days ago

I did the loop today (Aug 6) which fitbit counted as 7.5 mi. I did it clockwise hitting the lake first then climbing Moose Mt. Took just over 4 hrs with stops for snack, lunch, and photos. It was fairly easy except for ascending and descending Moose Mt. which had some steep stretches. Awesome views at lake and along the mountain ridge. Too early for huckleberries but bushes are aplenty along much of this hike. The trail was very overgrown and bushwhacking was required in a few areas. Road to the TH is rough for the last 3 miles and it’s slow going if you want to protect your tires.

13 days ago

Very pretty hike to the lake. Lots of flies around if you stop for too long but otherwise a great day with pretty views.

1 month ago

Did this hike and Estelle Lake today. There was a little packed snow and mud on trail but easy to reach both lakes. Beautiful hikes. We did see a bear as we where pulling out of the trail head parking area so be prepared.

2 months ago

I tried to do this hike today. The road is still snowed over about 9 miles from the trail head. I'd give this another 2-3 weeks before trying.

11 months ago

Very hard to get to trailhead. Approximately 16 miles on washboard rode. Trail is clean beautiful trees, lovely lake, you can make it a short 4 miles or add other hikes on.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Great hike for kids and puppy! Both went for a swim in the lake. The drive up to the trail head is long and bumpy!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Moose lake is a beauty. Was unable to complete loop due to snow covering trail between Moose Lake and blacktail (think that was the trail name? which is part of the loop). Lost trail about halfway up mountainside and had to backtrack. Still a nice hike.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

about mile 14 up trestle creek there was a snow/landslide that is not possible except via atv.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

We hiked this 10/9/16, great trail the view of moose lake from the ridge is outstanding. There were still some huckleberries left.

Monday, August 08, 2016

We hiked as much of this trail to take us from the Moose Lake trail head to Moose Lake for an overnight backpacking trip (2mi). The trail is very well marked and easy to hike (there was one blown out bridge that was easy enough to navigate). Huckleberry bushes line the trail for grazing. At the lake there is a nice fire ring and logs to sit on and there is a bear locker. No one else was there on a Friday after work. Take waterproof pants if there is any chance of rain due to low close bushes along the trail. Take care - it was dusk and just at the trail head we saw a mountain lion. Worth the drive in.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Easy 2 mile hike in, lake shallow around edge and bottom muddy but beautiful larger lake. Friends mother even caught 3 fish!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Not bad for the first hike of the summer. There were a few trees down which had to be navigated but not too difficult. Didn't see any wildlife. There were a few anglers when we arrived. There was some unmelted snow drifts along the trail (early June)

Sunday, June 05, 2016

This is an easy hike in with a lot of options for side trips to surrounding lakes and ridge lines. I backpacked in during the first weekend of June and there were a lot of downed trees on the trail and a bit of snow still. There is a lot of great scenery with Lake Estelle, Gem and Blacktail lakes within a few miles off the main trail. This area is good for a day hike, overnight outing, or longer. Be prepared for the usual small flying annoyances (flies and mosquitos) and the occasional moose sighting. While in the area, be sure to check out Char Falls and the Lunch Peak lookout.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Beautiful, easy trail. Great for the whole family.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Just hiked this trail with our four year old and 13 month old and two dogs, very nice easy hike, only difficult part was one of the bridges is snapped in half so you can either go across the the stream using rocks or the bridge it's just a little steep! We also saw a grizzly bear in our way back down, so be prepared for anything!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

We hiked all over this trail to the various points it offers. We even took off our outer layer and took a swim in one of the lakes. We were all alone and it was beautiful up there. The road was a bit too rough for my car to feel safe driving on, but the trip was very worth it.

horseback riding
Saturday, September 20, 2014

My partner and I rode horses on this loop which according to the trailhead sign the ride is 9 miles long. All types of terrains from flat to very steep with loose rock going over moose mountain. I walked my horse over the top. I do not recommend riding if you and your horse are not fit or experienced. The beauty of the mountains was breath taking. Bring extra batteries for your camera!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Very beautiful trail but beware of the lower sections of trail and lake are very brushy and very buggy in summer. Dont forget the bug spray and head nets.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

This is a very easy hike with good scenery along the trail.The trail provides access to Blacktail Lake{trail no.24} and Lake Estelle{trail no 36} Limited camping is available at Moose Lake. Be sure to bring your camera. If you go in the Fall you are likely to see many moose and maybe even some black bear.

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