Smith Lake (via Angel Lake)

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Smith Lake (via Angel Lake) is a 3.8 mile out and back trail located near Wells, Nevada and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

3.8 miles 954 feet Out & Back

dog friendly


horseback riding

mod to strenuous, steep trail to alpine fishing lake frequented by bighorn sheep This trail can be tricky, but you don't have to go cross country -- there is a foot path that leads through the sub alpine brush, under aspens, along open slopes (views into Idaho to N past Jarbidge, and E into Utah flats), and up a VERY rocky cliff for a worthwhile morning hike to 4 acre Smith Lake, strewn with huge boulders which look like a giant threw them down from the rocky cliffs above. Very few people use this trail (amazes me), and I only saw an NDOW helicopter photographing bighorn sheep when I hiked it (and cattle along the slopes - no people). From the TH, follow the Grey's Lake trail to the cattle gate (close behind you), turn L immediately past the gate and climb steeply along the fence (don't grab it, it's barbed wire); at the top of the fence climb, look for the foot path that is overgrown with shrubs and follow this through the aspens and up the slope, towards Grey's Peak. Wear long pants (thick brush), leather gloves, layer clothes.