Explore the most popular no dogs trails in Idaho with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
1 day ago

This trail should actually be called "Maude and Lottie Lakes and Seven Lakes Trail Loop", because it doesn't actually follow the Seven Lakes trail all the way around, and the signs on the trees reflect this.

I decided to hike this as a day trip starting from Stanley Hot Springs, because I was already there and the AllTrails map cuts through the hot springs. For some odd reason, the map starts from the middle of the Stanley Hot Springs trail (not the trailhead), so the distance measurements and elevation gain are inaccurate.

I started recording my trip on the AllTrails app at the location where the trail forks off into the loop. What I thought would be a short day-trip ended up turning into a 7-hour trek across 10 miles and a miserable 4200 foot elevation change. I barely made it back to the campsite before sunset, but not before I was soaking wet from rain-soaked overgrown foliage that covered this poorly maintained trail.

While the views were pretty nice at the higher elevation areas, there are some major problems with this trail that prevent me from ever recommending this trail to anyone. Firstly, there are no switchbacks. You're just going straight up and down sheer mountainsides perpendicular to the topographical lines. This is abhorrent. Second, the trail is completely overgrown with foliage when following the Seven Lakes side of the loop, and it's very easy to lose the trail. The overgrowth is also sure to make your clothes and shoes soaked if it has rained recently. I spent about 1.5 - 2 hours trudging through dense overgrowth. Someone really needs to go in with a machete and clean the place up.

Was it worth it? No. But I did see a pine marten, I guess.

Great place to get out on a minutes notice. Close to town, easy access.

nature trips
9 days ago

Seeing the molds of trees caught in the lava flow was fascinating in this interesting landscape of different kinds of lava. The various plants and trees are interesting, too.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful views along the way though recent development of some of the land takes away from the hike.

Loved this trail! We hiked with a 7 year old and a dog and it was a moderate hike. The views were stunning. Saw few deer and chipmunks on the way. We went early enough to avoid the heat and it proved to be a good decision! The redfish lake looked beautiful along the trail and the bench lakes were a treat to the eyes.

hiking
27 days ago

Did the loop end of July. I highly recommend it. The side hike to Dog lake is brutal. The trail has not been cleared in forever, so it's bushwhacking all the way. However, Dog Lake was absolutely gorgeous and the lake is full of hungry rainbows. Definitely worth the trip. I also recommend doing the loop counterclockwise. The 11 miles without water is mostly easy walking on well maintained trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty cool cave. The groups are large enough that if you get in the back of the group, you have no idea what the guide is saying, and everything is said about a particular feature before you even get close enough to see what they're talking about. But I enjoyed just looking around and seeing it, even though I didn't hear the guide's interpretation and history. Would recommend this one as part of a Bear Lake trip, but no more than Bloomington Lake or Paris Ice Cave. There's enough to do up here that once is enough.

My 12yo son and I came across this trail almost by accident this week. We did the first 1.6 miles of this trail which put us at right about 1000 feet of ascent. Pretty good, gradual climb. Very little shade in that first part, though, so bring water. Due to time (and a pretty worn out dog) we turned around right as the trail became wooded.

Scenery was great. The dead trees were pretty amazing to take in. Would definitely do the whole trail again if in the area.

hiking
1 month ago

Great adventure, I did not expect the cave to be so large.

hiking
1 month ago

I had originally planned this as a relaxing three night trip but plans changed as the “inn” was full when I arrived at EchoLske so I had to push it out a bit further than planned. I spent the second night at Dog Lake and then back to starting line with a short hop up to Lower Cannon. I found this loop to be a very tough hike. Unlike the Eagle Cap where water is plentiful that is not the case here. There was a stretch of almost nine miles with no trail side water. The hikes to the lakes are all a bit tough. I concur with someone else’s recommendation for doing the looping a counter clockwise direction. If you want to do a day hike then go clockwise to lower Cannon and get some great views of “The Devils”. I also concur with the idea that you should have some experience as this is not a walk-in the park.

hiking
1 month ago

What a fantastic hike!! Did this today, and the gradual incline is just enough to keep you honest and the overall out and back distance is far enough to make it count! Go early on a warmer day as there’s not too much shade. Beautiful scenery, fabulous views! Hits all the high marks!

it's a 8 mile hike. the first 6 of which are gradual uphill, enough to give you a work out, gradual enough to keep you going. The top of the mountain, the view is breathtaking, very beautiful, and would have been more beautiful if not for the smoke over the valleys. the trail ends far from a lake. The trail itself doesn't end, just on the app map. keep an eye out for a sign that says "Lola Lakes" because it has an arrow pointing towards the lake, (about a half mile before the end.) Towards the end of the trail is a fresh water spring coming from the rocks. its clean, cold, and fresh. absolutely safe to drink. Me and my buddy drowned a bottle each and felt just fine the next morning. The hike back, starts with a steep climb back to the peak, and its easy going from there. Have fun, stay safe and keep hydrated.

Really neat, guide was very good he had a great sense of humor. $8/adult 800 people a day, then ask for tips. Not a fan of that! Worth seeing once.

backpacking
1 month ago

We did this loop 5 days 4 nights. It was 42 miles including a hike to Dry Diggins lookout, Baldy Lake, Horse Heaven cabin and Lower Cannon Lake. We camped off the trail except for Baldy Lake and hiked packs off for the remaining. We found excellent and/or adequate camp sites every night. By the end of hiking in 80+degree heat, you will sleep anywhere. Bonus of heat is mosquitoes were minimal. Lucky to have had volunteers just finish cleaning out the trail between Echo and Baldy, made for great trail conditions on 90% of the loop. It was a harder hike than we anticipated, but the extra day was good for resting up. Beautiful country and amazing views until the last day the smoke from the fires in the area was rolling in.

Amazing views from the lookout. Say hello to your local Lookout, share each other's company.

backpacking
2 months ago

Took us 2.5 days to make it around. Didn’t do any of the lake trails except lower cannon. Beautiful scenery despite the fire season smoke.

trail running
2 months ago

excellent running trail. Scenic and peaceful

Chilly but neat. Took our month and a half old twins in wraps. Did great.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail close to Riggins. It starts out a bit dry and warm but once you get near the water it is a comfortable hike. We did have to deal with the poison ivy but it was easily avoided.

backpacking
2 months ago

Amazing loop but you better be in shape to do it or have 3-4 days min to make it around.

2 months ago

This is so cool to see! There is a lot of steps but most people should be able to complete this. Totally worth the long wait.

hiking
2 months ago

Possibly my favorite hike I’ve ever done. Saw plenty of birds, deer and quarrels on the hike up. The view from the lake is well worth the 8 mile round trip hike! At no point would I consider this a difficult hike, moderate at best.

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked the Selway River in July of 2017 from Paradise Guard Station out of Darby, MT, to Race Creek on the Selway River Rd out of Lowell, ID; a distance of about 47 miles. A company out of Darby, MT picked up our truck at the trailhead and shuttled it to the end, a service most commonly used by rafters and kayakers. Beautiful trail, steep in some spots especially for stock, my husband rode and packed a mule during the trip. Although the trail is wilderness you do pass several beautiful ranches in the first 15 miles and at mile 26 hit Moose Creek Ranger Station and airstrip which can be busy with fisherman and rafters. There are many nice camp spots but plan approximate daily mileage ahead so you can hit them; the 9-10 miles of trail directly below Moose Creek lacks good camp spots, after that there are good camps into Race Creek. The hike follows the river the whole way but is not flat, plenty of elevation gains and losses. Bears, elk, deer and rattlesnakes are common, we saw several snakes but they slithered off the trail quickly. I believe they allow one permitted raft to leave Paradise daily during the summer so you don't see a lot of people, the trail is quiet until Moose Creek where you pick up rafters and air traffic and below Moose Creek, day hikers. The roads into Paradise and out of Race Creek are gravel but travelled heavily in the summer and in decent shape. The hike is not hard but is a true back country trail, somewhat isolated and can be hot in the summer as you're frequently without tree cover. There are plenty of side trails and several pack bridges and alternative end points along the route if you don't want to follow the river the entire way.

hiking
2 months ago

Couple of options on this trail, light traffic in July, beautiful flowers and nice views. Would rate easy for hikers, gentle hills and well maintained path.

A great gem for the city of Post Falls... beautiful place to get away.

Dogs are not allowed in this park (period).

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked to top Bench Lake 2 days ago. We were greeted with the top lake still partially frozen. The views down to Redfish lake were stunning as was Mt Henley. We camped in the cirque withy no other hikers.
The trail after Third lake was easy to lose but well with the effort for these two Aussies who are in their 60’s

hiking
3 months ago

We did this hike because everything else was covered in snow. I have seen some great pictures of the area but after 4 mile of hiking with our kids I was disappointed in what we came across. Not a lot of people which was nice. However, other hikes in the area are just so awesome its hard to mark this as anything more than a 2.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike! There are five lakes but the tail only goes to the first two. You have to bush wack your way to the others. There was an odd combination of mosquitoes and snow up there when we went. Popular family hike so go early to avoid them.

on Bench Lakes Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this trail the first week of June and it was awesome. Great weather, not a mosquito in sight (when everywhere else had tons) and I went early-ish (~8am) so encountered few hikers. The trail itself was really pleasant; the grade was low enough that I didn't break a sweat though it still seemed like good exercise.
This trail had great variety; the first part of the hike started in a dense forest, then the middle was along the lake on a ridge, and the final part switch-backed through a mountain meadow with pristine lakes. At the end of the hike I walked to the lodge to grab a beer and dip my feet in the lake. Definitely recommend this hike for a pleasant day!

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