Trout & Big Fisher Lakes

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Trout & Big Fisher Lakes is a 12 mile out and back trail located near Bonners Ferry, Idaho that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and horses. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

12.0 miles 1960 feet Out & Back

dog friendly


horseback riding






4 months ago

Good two day hike if you go all the way. Some very steep spots followed by ridge line flats. Hiking in and out of the lake is where the most extreme elevation climbs are. Some really beautiful valley views overlooking several mountain peaks, as shown in picture. Fishing is not the best there are a few small trout but still fun experience.

6 months ago

This is one of the higher elevation trails i have done in the Selkirks, with the lake being around 6300 feet and much of the hike above this. Plan on a fairly strenuous hike with about 2300 feet gain in, and right up around 3000 feet round trip. Near the top of the ridge at the last part of the hike a great view of the Selkirks to the south can be seen, including chimney rock in the distance. the last half mile of the hike drops very steeply down into a cirque (800 feet), so make sure you have plenty of food for energy on this hike, especially if you plan on an out and back. Campers be aware there is no bear box, so plan accordingly.

1 year ago

2 years ago

Great grade for a hiker. Trout lake is beautiful but I loved Big Fischer more. Good for a day hike or overnight.

3 years ago

This trail starts out up and stays that way for a couple miles through forest then levels out some with nice views of the Selkirks. A little over 3 miles, it drops down steeply into Trout Lake. This beautiful alpine lake has a number of campsites. Continuing on going up and up and . . . well up some more you have beautiful views down Long Canyon on one side and toward the Purcell's and Cabinets on the other. At about 2.2 miles, you look straight down to Big Fisher Lake. The trail is a long half mile down and even longer up. The lake itself is another beautiful alpine lake with a huge granite wall on one side. Last water is at Trout Lake, so fill up as you cross the bridge. In early July there was just a little snow, many campsites were soggy. We backpacked this and would consider it difficult. Allow 4.5 hrs. in with breaks and 3 hrs. out.