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

Beautiful hike with lots of color changes in the trees

Nice hike. I think it’s a great spring or fall hike I believe in mid summer there would be to much exposure and to hot for me. Great views pretty much the way. The road up wasn’t too bad but not for the grocery getter. Hard to say between a 4/5 it was very nice when I was there with the changing of the season with a little snow and the colors.

I have chronic pain conditions that often prohibit me from walking much, but I got lucky with this trail. With places to stop and rest all along the way, I was able to cover a lot of ground here. And it was BEAUTIFUL. It's sad that it suffered suffered such a close call with a wildfire, but was well saved and still magnificent. It is truly a hidden treasure in the gem state.

Good hike. Snow on the trail but ends at a beautiful lake.

Fun hike beautiful trees...

backpacking
26 days ago

Pros: Trail has gradual ascent, Lake is Very Forested, Trail is Protected from wind and sun, trailhead is very easy to drive to Cons: May be frequented often in warm weather, Camping area is limited to about 3 sites
I did an overnight trip at Blossom Lake in late Sep. 2018, and I was impressed with the trail and the lake. The trail head is very easy to drive to in good weather, and the paved parking lot offers spaces to park overnight with room to spare. The trail to Blossom Lake itself ascends through a variety of woodland, with some semi-steep areas, but for the most part, is a gradual climb that is well suited to someone carrying a heavier load. At no point is the trail exposed to the sun, and for the last section, it follows the small creek emptying out of the lake. Blossom Lake is very scenic, albeit mostly surrounded by dense woodland. There were 3 decent tent camping spots that I noticed, but at least 2/5 of the shoreline is either at the base of some significant rockfall, or consists of swampy ground. The surrounding mountainside is especially covered with slippery grass, and I ascended partway up towards the local rock peak, but turned back due to lack of trail and slip risk. I would recommend attempting this only with a light load and good shoes. Overnight camping was pleasant, and the site I was at had some upright rocks to build fires against, however very little light made it through where I was camped due to forest cover. For spectacular scenery, there are better choices in the area, but Blossom lake is a great spot to take a group due to accessibility.

Wonderful stroll through some great trees. Excellent for young hikers.

beautiful old cedar trees, I wish there was more info on ages and history, pretty far out on dirt road to get to hike. very easy for the kids, all in all pleasant hike

Great trail for families and people with mobility issues or who struggle with elevation climbs. Very easy and well maintained out and back trail, with some neat sites too!

This is definitely an easy hike not moderate. It’s flat and easily passable. We did it with our little kids and I’m pregnant. Beautiful huge trees and fun things to look at and explore.

backpacking
1 month ago

Hiked to the Blossom Lakes 8/31/18 and it was awesome! My father in law is preparing to go hike the Appalachian Trail and wanted to go out and test his gear. We planned to stay at the lower lake, but when we got there, there were two groups of people already at the main spots when the trail hits the lake. We saw another spot on the far end of the lake that we headed to via the upper lake trail to try to find a way down. We didn’t find a trail down, but ended up at the upper lake. There was a really nice camping area with fire pits, tables, toilet seat, and a string to hang food. Highly recommend. We went up on a Friday and only saw a few people hiking out and those that were already there setup. The upper lake was empty..... until 1230 at night when we woke up to loud banging and metal pounding for the far end of the lake. Someone must have hiked up in the dark. Seems weird, but they settled down after a while. We did encounter a large female moose on the upper lake trail who grunted at us as she moved far enough away for us to pass. We came down on a Saturday. Trail was full of day hikers headed up. We left just in time. Took 1hr 45min to hike up. 1hr 25min down. Lots of fish in the upper lake. I had a lot of bites from little ones. Next time I think I’ll bring different gear to get further out where the bigger fish were jumping.

8/16/18- Easy hike up and run down, put in 8.45 miles going to both lower and upper Blossom Lakes. Trail to upper is a little overgrown in areas but not bad. Upper lake is a little more marshy then Lower, both have great campsites. Will be back for overnighting and to hit Pear Lake as well.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with uphill the first 2 miles. There was some snow on the shoreline and above, but sun was nice and warm. Caught and released a bunch on cutthroats fly fishing.

I only clocked 2 miles so perhaps I missed something. Beware of the wasp nest, the stinging nettle and SO MANY BUGS. Otherwise pretty trail. The creek was great for the pup and the water is ICE COLD. Nothing too spectacular to note though. Would be a great trail for kiddos!

Great short hike. Took my 10 yr old on his first backpack trip and we had a blast. Mid July was pretty buggy but the wind helped keep the bugs down some. Pretty busy trail. Worth the short hike up to Upper Blossom and Pear lake.

Hiked into this lake today, 7/19. Beautiful,’pristine lake. Bugs not too bad

hiking
3 months ago

Snow has mostly melted off on the trail to Pear Lake. Just patches of it on the trail. The lake is beautiful and we could see fish swimming in it.

3 months ago

Nice maintained trail. Too much snow to make it to pear lake but I will be back.

My favorite trail so far. Absolutely beautiful, serene and peaceful. Even the burned trees added to the magic.

backpacking
3 months ago

beautiful hike, backed on July 7-8. beautiful lake. a little windy but it was great. also, bring your fishing poles ;)

The trail to the lower lake is clear of debris and snow. Blow downs block the hike to the upper lake. Total distance to the lower lake and back is 6.75 miles and 1,077 elevation gain. The lake is beautiful.

backpacking
3 months ago

Good area for an overnight backpacking trip. The hike in was fairly easy with a few steep spots. GPS clocked it at 3 miles to the lower lake.

We stayed the night on the lower lake where there are multiple campsites right next to the lake.

We also hiked up to the upper lake and there were multiple campsites there as well.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked in 26 June 2018... left the TH at 645pm, back to the car at 910pm with 4 kids 8-16.... Strava GPS tracker has us at 6 miles rndtrip to the lower lake outflow log jam. It is a beautiful hike, leg burner for sure if pushing. Can’t wait to go back with more daylight and explore and photograph the outflow waterfalls!

One of the prettiest trails I’ve ever been on

The road leading to the parking area is passable but full of potholes. The up and back trail is well distinguished. It’s about 3 miles in total distance and less than 500 feet in elevation hail. The trees reminded us of Redwood National Park.

We enjoyed the hike. The trail is in good shape and the bridges are as well. I would recommend it for young families and all ages. It was sad to see all the damage done by the fire.

This was a beautiful hike. Perfect with kids or people with lower stamina. Not one challenging part. Took our 2, 5 and 7 year olds and they loved it. Trail has a few muddy sections and a mild rock hop creek crossing. Parking lot is large and has a vault toilet. The road in had a few sections washed out, but was fully passable by a full sized rig.
Don't miss the hidden box in the end of the log that marks the trail's end.

Did this trail on May 14th. beautiful drive of the Coeur D'alene River taking Thompson Falls pass to Murray. Turn off was a few miles before the town of Murray. The road up was very narrow with quite a few potholes and a little snow towards the end before the parking lot. Be careful because part of the road was washed out but still possible. The road follows the creek all the way up to the parking lot. That in itself was a beautiful sight to see rushing with the winter run off! It is a very easy family friendly 3.3 round trip flat trail. The trail follows a beautiful Creek over running the trail at times but there are makeshift foot bridges of logs and rocks. you will also Passover three beautiful wood bridges wandering through the ancient Grove of Cedars. The trail was closed the past few years due to a fire in 2013, reopening in 2017 with lots of new growth on the forest floor. Although many of the seeders have Fallin or have been charged by the fire, it is still a magnificent, magical place to visit!

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