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 is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length5.9 miElevation gain1,578 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningDog friendlyLakeViewswild-flowersWildlifeOver grown
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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.

Heading east on ID 200, turn left on Trestle Creek Rd. and follow for 15.6 miles. Bear left onto Forest Service Rd. 419 and follow for 1 mile. Turn right at Forest Service Rd. 1022. Parking lot is at end of road in 2.1 miles.

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Daveena Loera
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A perfect fall hike!

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cortnyrae User
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Mathew Kramer
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Leo Schmeltzer
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Pleasant, quick little loop with opportunities to branch off to other lakes. Decent variety of terrain. Lots of nice, smooth, well maintained, flat trail. Lots of board-walks. The back side of the loop is pretty steep in some parts, requiring a bit of high-stepping in a few spots. good view of the surrounding area once up top but the adjacent peaks are better. Road to the trail head is in very good shape for 90%, last stretch is a bit rough with some large rocks and a couple wash-outs.

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Gary Brown
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The trail was a mixed bag. The first two miles to the lake were easy and pretty flat. The next 1.5 miles, up and down Moose Mountain, were hard to difficult. The next two miles were over-grown, but not hard. I would do this hike again, but this time, do an up and back to the lake and then the mountain. I thought the mountain was a great climb. One of the best in the area. My GPS recorded 7 miles, not 5.9.

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Eileen Ament
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Not my favorite trail! Lots of bushwhacking! I was glad I wore long pants today. Bugs where also bad, mostly gnats and flies. It was hard to even stop to take a break because of them. If you walk from the parking area to Moose Lake about two miles it’s easy. We took the Moose Trail Loop that is rated moderate. I would rate this moderate to difficult in some spots. Of course the view is spectacular at the top of the ridge! I would recommend other mountain lakes such as Pyramid, upper and lower Ball lakes all three can be done in one hike! My favorite for sure. Also Harrison Lake, Bottle Neck Lake are nice hikes. Hard to tell until you just go out and do it. Happy Hiking!!

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Bill Ament
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Carissa Danielle
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My favorite hike I’ve done so far!! Great trail and amazing view the whole way. The lake is gorgeous. Must go!!!!!

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Larissa R
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7/18/20: Really nice day to get outside! Our initial plan was just to hike to Lake Estelle, but with Moose Lake being so close, we just had to do both. (We only went to the two lakes though, not the whole loop like it mentions on the Moose Lake page.) Lake Estelle was quaint and peaceful with amazing trail views, but Moose Lake really takes the cake. It was breathtakingly serene! We did see fish in both lakes, but didn’t catch anything due to leaving our fishing poles at home. Both trails were also full of huckleberry bushes that will probably be ready in a couple of weeks. Wish we could have picked some! Since you’re in bear country, be sure to bring both bear spray and bug spray for these trails. Only bummer is that both trails require some bushwhacking due to overgrown vegetation. Still highly enjoyed our hike!

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Jami Krebs
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Did this trail 7/12/2020. Lots of bushwhacking, muddy and trees down. Windy and very cold at the top of the mountain. Amazing views and totally worth the climb.

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Patrick Cooksey
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Time: late June, 2020 Trail: Moose Lake Loop. Hiked to the summit via Blacktail Lake Trail then down to the lake and spent two nights there. Hiked the 2 miles back to the trail head the third day. Conditions: the lower elevation parts of the trail were soggy from snow melt and the high elevation parts were semi covered in compacted snow. Lost the trail several times near the summit on the way up and down, but wasn’t a big deal as we knew the direction we were heading. Expect to get to wet feet during the hike. Summit: great view. Used to be a lookout tower on Moose Mountain; there is a sign at the summit to commemorate it and its tender. Lake: peaceful and serene. It was wet all around the shore except for where the bear box is. There is a spot to camp there with room for several tents. Expect a number of visitors though as this site is where the shorter part of the loop ties into the lake. Fishing: good. Caught a couple dozen 6”-9” trout over the span of a couple days. Used a spinner rod as it is difficult to reach the deeper waters with a fly rod from the bank. Used a variety of spinners. Wildlife: squirrels, birds, fish, white tail deer. Saw moose tracks and sign. Bugs were surprisingly mild; didn’t get one mosquito bite. Overall: an enjoyable and relaxing hike provided you have the right gear to stay dry.

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Jennifer Scott
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Not an accurate rating because we didn't actually get there, but AllTrails required a rating. The road is still impassible with snow. If there wasn't such a steep drop-off, we might have kept going, but wisdom told us to turn around. We were in a 4 wheel drive Suburban. Others in 4 wheel drive turned around, also. We will try again in a few weeks.

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Christian Schwalbach
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Pros: Trail is well defined the entire way, gradual incline, mountain and lake views availible Cons: Access road contains rough sections with sharp rocks, Moose lake has grassy , swampy shoreline I did this trail for the first time late Sep. of 2019, and the conditions were quite damp, so my feet and legs were wet the whole time. There was fog obscuring parts of the view from the mountain top, marked by a cairn, but I enjoyed very much the amount of thriving vegetation and doing some mushroom hunting, along with the fact that the loop trail was very well defined and easy to navigate. Moose lake itself is pretty, but I would anticipate that the campsites availible would have heavy bug presence and murky water along the shoreline, as it is quite grassy in the area. Nearby Lake Darling is similar and I have had some unpleasant experiences there in the past. I hiked the loop roughly halfway, up to the summit and back the way I came to do some Mushroom collecting, but in the future I would probably do the entire loop as a circle, for variety and to avoid trail congestion. The access road is well used, but requires careful driving in a low clearance car due to rocks. This hike would be great for family use or with a mixed ability group. —— Did for second time 7/28/20. Was much warmer but lower trail offered shade. Also did complete loop this time. Bugs were pretty persistent, mosquitoes by water and flies elsewhere. Moose lake not appealing for swimming at this time. Lower trail overgrown at times but not impassable.

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Christian Schwalbach
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Pros: Trail is well defined the entire way, gradual incline, mountain and lake views availible Cons: Access road contains rough sections with sharp rocks, Moose lake has grassy , swampy shoreline I did this trail for the first time late Sep. of 2019, and the conditions were quite damp, so my feet and legs were wet the whole time. There was fog obscuring parts of the view from the mountain top, marked by a cairn, but I enjoyed very much the amount of thriving vegetation and doing some mushroom hunting, along with the fact that the loop trail was very well defined and easy to navigate. Moose lake itself is pretty, but I would anticipate that the campsites availible would have heavy bug presence and murky water along the shoreline, as it is quite grassy in the area. Nearby Lake Darling is similar and I have had some unpleasant experiences there in the past. I hiked the loop roughly halfway, up to the summit and back the way I came to do some Mushroom collecting, but in the future I would probably do the entire loop as a circle, for variety and to avoid trail congestion. The access road is well used, but requires careful driving in a low clearance car due to rocks. This hike would be great for family use or with a mixed ability group.

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Bryce Theander
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

Hiked the full loop on the 8th & 9th of August this year. (2019). Climbed to Moose Peak first, even with all the smoke in the air had views of both Spar Lake and Moose Lake. Continued off the peak into the marsh surrounding Moose Lake. Coming down from Moose Peak the trail is very narrow and steep. Good boots and trekking/hiking poles would be advised. The trail crosses multiple scree fields before reaching the valley which then levels out and makes for a pleasant 20 minute walk to the lake. Crossed a few streams and made camp on the North end of the lake. Awesome campsites right on the water. Easy hike out the following day. Lake was not suited for swimming as there was a good 60-70 feet of thick (suck-you-under) mud before you reached open water. I lost one of my sandals LOL. Side note there were absolutely no bugs to speak of, slept out under the stars.

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Jeff Vivian
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Beautiful views at the top. Moose lake was also very nice

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Daniel Mitchell
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I tried to do this hike today, but could not get to the trail head. There was heavy equipment working on the road, and it was closed to outside traffic.

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Tom Whin
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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.

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

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Tawnia Hoekstra
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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.

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Daniel Mitchell
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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.

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Kristina Maynard
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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.

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Bekah Manderscheid
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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!

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John Leppert
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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.

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

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

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