Moose Lake Loop

MODERATE 12 reviews
#3 of 7 trails in

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 1709 feet Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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

backpacking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

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

9 months ago

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)

camping
9 months ago

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.

1 year ago

Beautiful, easy trail. Great for the whole family.

hiking
1 year ago

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!

hiking
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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!

horseback riding
2 years ago

hiking
2 years ago

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.

hiking
6 years ago

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.