Explore the most popular hiking trails near Avery with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Best 30 bucks I have ever spent. It was even worth spending most of the day looking for that darn Forest Service road #1997. Thank goodness for locals with USFS maps. 10 year old had a blast too. He is still talking about the owl that flew up and changed direction directly over us.

I thought this was a great little hike! We went on labor day. My husband and I brought our almost three year old- who insisted on hiking a good portion of the trail, and our 16 month old. It was a good distance, we were tired by the time we got to the lake but it really wasn't bad at all especially considering I was wearing a chunky baby! There were a few areas with water over the trail but not bad at all- we didn't get wet or muddy.

We drove all the way to the trailhead but the road was definitely rough. Follow the directions, go past the chairlift on the backside of lookout, up a really rocky area, you'll see a sign for st. Regis lakes, cross over a little stream and its a short drive to the trailhead.

Overall, it was a lovely little hike. Wish we could have made it to the upper lake but we got a bit of a late start. There were a few little camping spots but like others have said, there's not a ton of room around the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was certainly a good hike. Beautiful wildflowers all around, handfuls of huckleberries (mostly between exit 0 and the trailhead). The lake was also beautiful and clean, but there was not much room to move around it.

Trail is steep. We had our 10 and 9 year old as well as a 2 year old and 2 week old (both being carried), so we could feel the burn heading up to the lake. It is a lot of up-hill, mostly the last part of the hike, but we kept a steady pace and powered through.

We ended up parking by chairlift 2 in the back of the ski hill as the road was not smooth enough to drive further (very rocky). The bulk of the berries we found were not far past there and we did not find many past the actual trailhead.

Lastly, there was a “no trespassing” sign on a tree that looked like it was prohibiting trespassing on the actual trail (at a Y), so we took a bit of a detour, but ultimately walked past the sign and arrived at the trailhead...not sure about that sign. Definitely recommend a map as there are a few Y’s in the road that leave you guessing otherwise (no signs).

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3 months ago

BH

Beautiful hike, we hiking from the Road our odometers read around 5 miles each way. most of the way its shady, and even on a hot day like it was yesterday it was very pleasant and breezy. highly recommend it, the lake is fuller this year than last year, and there was no place to sit by the lake.

camping
3 months ago

Trail steep at first. Nice overnight stay!

hiking
3 months ago

Two daughters (9yrs & 13yrs) accompanied us and with a moderate pace, mixed in with some sight seeing, took us a little over 2hrs to get to the lake from the road.

When you find the old “St. Regis Lake” sign, you’re halfway there. The last 1/4 mile of trail is a bit steep, but not impossible. On a hot day, the lake at the end of the trail is worth the hike.

This a gorgeous trail leading up to the lake. I went with a group who drove a 14 - passenger van up within about 1/4 mile of the trail head but the road is horrendous up there and almost impossible to drive on so most people park about an additional 1/2 mile or so away. The trail has a mix of trees and shade along with beautiful open meadows with wildflowers. Huckleberries weren't ripe yet but were abundant. The trail is very narrow with growth on both sides in many areas but relatively easy to hike. We also had to cross a few shallow little creeks but stayed mostly dry. Stop at Lookout pass for bathrooms as there aren't any available up there.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Arid peak lookout is for rent and is a very nice place to spend the night. it's well stocked with cooking and tools for cutting fire wood. You park at a dead end on what appears to be a safe place for your vehicle over night. under 3 miles to lookout and only 600 or so feet of elevation gain.

hiking
Saturday, September 23, 2017

so I misunderstood the route, I started at the mouth of kyle creek at the river, its a long climb but a nice hike. I didn't make it to the lookout, I turned around after 3 miles when I realized I still had almost 2 miles more. I didn't plan on a 9.5 mile hike(time and supplies) I will go back more prepared.

backpacking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Suggest you take the St. Maries-Avery route. Trail head is 16 miles from Avery on very good gravel roads that pass though 3 old train tunnels. Hike in took 1 hour. We had the Lookout during the smokey season so the views were limited but still spectacular. Hike to spring water was 1 hour round trip with Huckleberries to to eat during breaks. Going back up with heavy water in the packs, the steep trail wasn't that bad but plan to do it once!.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Nice and fairly easy hike with huckleberries aplenty. Only negative was vegetation often growing over the trail. We parked at the chairlift just past the old RR grade. From there it was 1.4 mi to where road became a path. Then another 1.6 to the lake. Grade was easy except for last 0.7 to the lake. That part was moderate. Wildflowers were present in all of the open areas. Pretty easy access from I-90.

hiking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

We arrived at the trail head toward the end of the day and made our way up the trail. It's a steep climb in places, so we made slow progress. By the time we arrived at the lookout, dusk had fallen and the trail had become difficult to see. Thankfully, we arrived before it got too dark to continue. We had the lookout rented, so we were able to spend the next few nights there.

The views were, as expected, fantastic. The lookout provides a good location to set out on day hikes along multiple trails.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Trail map to access is incorrect; I ended up parking somewhere near one of the ski lifts
and hiking in on a USFS road. The creek was pretty well over the road, so I didn't end up making it to the trail head. Lots of birds and beautiful vegetation.

hiking
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Beautiful fall colors and steep mountain cliffs. Far prettier than I expected.

I have skied at Lookout Ski Area, but never knew this place existed. I am so glad we discovered it.

We drove to the trailhead 267 because of time, and found one other truck there. You need 4WD and decent ground clearance to drive to this trailhead. Take the first gravel road as you start into the loop in the road and go past the ski lift. One other couple was there in their Subaru and wisely opted to hike in. My Nissan Armada had all the clearance we needed.

We went mid September and the streams were low enough to rock-hop over so we had no wet feet issues like others have posted. There were also no mosquitos at this time of year.

As others have mentioned, the trail is steep at times from this trail head to the lake. My app showed 826 feet of elevation gain over 1.5miles to the lower lake.

Lots of elk and deer scat but the only wildlife we saw was a wild turkey??

Keep to the right trail when you arrive at the lower lake to get to the upper lake a short distance away. I will go back with my kids on future hiking trips.

hiking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Beautiful easy/moderate trail, lots of streams to cross.

This hike is beautiful in the summer. There are lots of wildflowers, moderately impressive views of the valley/peaks, and a lake at the end.

The grade is easy most of the way, and some moderate grade near the lake. Nothing difficult or technical on this trail.

The lake is smaller but beautiful. It is up in a valley so no traces of civilization will be visible from it. There are at least three camp sites near the lake.

This hike is from the lookout pass I-90 exit. Instead of going right to lookout, go left and follow that road a few miles. The first trail head is near the loop around on the road.

There are three trail heads, each successively closer to the lake. They are all on the same trail, just some make the hike shorter. The longest loop trailhead is easy to reach by most cars. The closest trailhead to the lake requires going down some roads that you probably need four wheel drive and decent ground clearance to traverse.

Overall the trail is great. The only two downsides is getting your feet wet several times in the streams, and the poorly mapped trail heads.

hiking
Thursday, June 02, 2016

First off, the map on the app is incorrect. Take the lookout pass exit and stay to your left, away from the resort area. Follow that road about a mile, take the second right into the curve, it starts off as a really decent road and gets gradually worse from there but it leads to a little roundabout area with a big fire pit. Park there. Walk up the railroad grade and stick to your right, follow the ski signs on the main road going though there. Stay on the road. If you reach the ski lift, you're heading the right direction. (Now a huge majority of the hike to the lake is all up hill.) Follow that road to the trail head. You'll go passed a few large boulders at the opening and you're on the trail. Prepare to get wet. You'll pass over quite a few creeks and a few are fairly deep. Part of the trail in some parts are actually small creeks of snow run off. Lots of snow on the trail as well as of today (June 1, 2016). Lots of bear sign, but no bears to be seen. It's a good hike, it's a good one for a day trip. Lots of cool spots to stop and take pictures. Reminds me a lot of Switzerland the closer to the lake you get. It was a good day trip, lake was icy but made for a great spot to relax and enjoy the trek you took to get there. We swam, so be sure to bring extra dry clothes with you. Lake is a crystal clear icy blue. So pretty. Will do this one again later in the summer for sure.

hiking
Monday, June 17, 2013

realativly short hike if following the guide book keep in mind that not all the atv roads are listed in it so u might end up finding a different route then you think but once u see the trail 267 to st. regis lakes its well labeled and pretty much a straight shot the lake is awesome at this point a quarter of a mile after the snow line couldnt make it to the upper lake but was well worth hiking thro the snow to make it to the lake

hiking
Monday, September 17, 2012

This was a nice short hike to a beautiful subalpine lake. It would be a great hike to bring children on, as an introduction into nature.

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