Packsaddle Lake

EASY 14 reviews
#19 of 37 trails in

Packsaddle Lake is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Driggs, Idaho that features a great forest setting. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

1.6 miles
295 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly




horseback riding

mountain biking

off road driving







The trail is a OHV trail, so it has a lot of loose dirt and rocks on the trail. Getting to the trail head can be a little tricky and shouldn't be done with a non-4x4 vehicle.

1 month ago

This is not the trail you want to go to. Luckily we were in a truck otherwise we wouldn't have made it to the trail head. Even still this trail was not for anything other that an ATV! Do yourself a favor and search for Packsaddle Lake Trail. You access from the North and both the road and trail into the lake are much better! This one should have some description to note that access is very difficult. Once we made it to the trail head we found out we could at least drive out another way heading west so that we didn't have to travel out on the same road (still rough but 10X better). The forest service has pushed up berms along the Eastern access road to help with water run off, but you will high center your vehicle of you don't have a good bit of clearance! Please be careful if using this trail and again search for the Packsaddle Lake trailhead that accesses from the North. It will make your trip much less stressful!

1 month ago

Lake was beautiful! Trail was not great at all. Our gps took us to the atv trail on the east side. Found out after our very dusty climb that there was better access to the lake on the north side. We ended up hiking closer to 3 miles.

2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! Rough road but as long as you’re in a 4 wheel drive you should be just fine. We had two kids with us and it was a blast. The lake was fun for the kids to swim in and cool off. We will definitely be back!

2 months ago

We couldn’t even make it to the hike! The trail to get to the hike requires an ATV or off road vehicle. We parked our SUV at the point where we could no longer drive the trail (about 1.9 miles from the beginning of the trail), and tried to hike in. It was fairly steep, and so many mosquitos that were constantly attacking, even though we had on bug spray. We didn’t even make it to the trail head! (We had 4 kids with us). I’ve been told there is another way to get in, but it doesn’t show on AllTrails. Unless you have an ATV, don’t try this.

3 months ago

Fun and easy hike! Snow is gone and there are lots of bugs, but it was a great evening hike and didn’t take long at all.

4 months ago

DONT GO HIKING HERE YET. We made it most the way up the mountain but the whole way up, there’s was still TONS of snow even though it was 75 degrees outside!! It looks deceiving haha, it starts out pretty dry but then get snowy real quick. We didn’t make it down to the lake, but from the view we had of it, it looked frozen still. We also had to park quite far from the trailhead because there was a huge puddle covering the road and we couldn’t drive through it in our little Subaru crosstrek. I’m sure this would be a great hike in July when the snow has melted but for now I’d hold off unless hiking through 2 feet of snow is your kinda thing! There was a beautiful view at the top but I don’t think frozen and bleeding legs from repeatedly sinking in the deep icy snow is worth it.

5 months ago

We got 5.4 miles away from the trail head in our little Toyota Camry and there is a large hill that is basically a mud hill. I went half way up but started to slide. Maybe I’ll bring a 4x4 next time

11 months ago

The hike there is beautiful, it's a little difficult to get down to the lake but worth it. There was quite a bit of people there already when I went (during summer of 2016)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Started hiking a few miles before to make the hike longer. Beautiful scenery and very clear water. Watching the bald eagle fly by was the icing on the cake!

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The lake is pretty and you can swim in it if you can stand chilly water. However, if you don't have an all wheel drive, I don't recommend this trail. You'll have to park at bottom of the hill and it's at least a couple miles up a rough road to the trailhead without much scenery.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Fun trail, steep in places, pretty lake at the end of the trail.

Monday, July 10, 2017

The trail is a OHV trail, so it has a lot of loose dirt and rocks on the trail. Getting to the trail head can be a little tricky and shouldn't be done with a non-4x4 vehicle. There was a lot of mosquitoes so be prepared for that.

2 months ago

9 months ago