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.

15 hours 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.

6 days 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.

8 days 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.

11 days ago

Awesome over night hike. We stayed on the lower lake where there are a few great campsites. The hike to the lower lake was 3 miles.

19 days 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!

As of April 30 there is still a ton of snow up there and we couldn’t make it to trail head. Waist deep in spots as you get closer to the trailhead. Still hiked a few miles up the road/creek and it was stunning. Such a beautiful area

Hiked in on 6/24/17. Beautiful hike and there is a lot to explore on the way there. We ventured on to Upper Blossom and Pear Lake and we were not disappointed. The last half mile of the trail to Pear was snow covered but we were able to easily follow the tracks in the snow to the lake thanks to the review on 6/20/17, we were able to do this confidently. We came in at 11 miles total going to all three lakes and some additional exploring. The only unfortunate thing we encountered was A LOT of horse dung on the trail which attracted a lot of horse flies. Wish they had to clean up after their animals.

We didn't make it to the lake cause it started to snow heavily, it was getting dark and pretty sure We had an animal watching us for about a mile. We were about 3.5 miles in and trekked through 2 feet of snow. We forgot our snow shoes which was a bad idea. the distance of 5.5 is not accurate for this trail. We will for sure be going back but will bring snowshoes or wait for spring!

I love this hike. I do it at least once a summer. Would highly recommend. We always come in from the Idaho side off of Burke canyon rd/ FSRD 7623. Part of the trail is the centennial trail and you leave it to drop down into Pear Lake before continuing on to Blossom. That part of the trail system has a few off shoots, so it's good to know where you are going.
Lots of nice camp sites at both Lakes.
This last August we saw some Grizz scat but no animals otherwise.

9 months ago

First time we missed the trailhead with Alltrails directions. We were coming west from Spokane. Make sure you turn right onto Prichard Creek Road from Couer d'Alene River Road. Directions link from Alltrails said to go 38 miles on Couer d'Alene river road directly to trailhead. (There is no cell service at all in this area.)

It snowed the night before. We hiked to the lower blossom lake in sun and clouds, with 3 inches of snow on the ground about half way up. We saw huge bear tracks! Also mountain cat and elk tracks. A pair of ruffed grouse walked right over our boots as they searched for food on the trail. They were not shy at all.

It was 45 degrees at the trail head and quite cool at the lake at 3 pm . I'd say upper 30's. We practiced using a water filtration gadget for the first time using blossom lake water - we drank it and two days later, I'm alive to tell about it! Seriously though, our fingers were numb for a long time after getting wet with that experiment.

Others have documented trail details which we found to be accurate. We could have used spikes in spots that were slippery on the downhill, but we did okay in hiking boots. I don't recommend it though unless you are wearing waterproof pants; had I slipped I would have been soaked through in a second. I was not dressed for SNOW on September 23, good grief!

I would actually rate this an easy hike. I know others have offered their opinion on a moderate rating but we did the three miles up in an hour and 20 minutes in the snow without spikes which slowed us up ....pretty fast for a moderate trail. I am a 53 year old female.

The trail itself is shady and not terribly exciting, Fall colors are lovely down below and snow on pines was beautiful but otherwise it was an average trek. We didn't climb to upper blossom or pear cause it was snowier up there. The two camp sites at lower blossom are much prettier than the photos suggest. Great camping spot, easy access! I've never backpacked before but I see this as a great beginner backpack trip.

10 months ago

My wife and I backpacked in to Pear Lake, and stayed the night at the end of the lake. There were a few campers down at Lower Blossom Lake, but we had Pear Lake all to ourselves.

The smoke from the Montana fires was light, but present during our hike up the mountain. On the following morning, the smoke was billowing up from the valley below. We could feel the heat from distant fires being carried on the wind, and the morning sky had an eerie orange glow. We packed up, and beat it down the mountain, as the smoke increased.

We met quite a few day hikers coming up the mountain, as we departed. I can only assume that their hike was a smokey and marginal one at best.

How sad and sickening to see the beautiful mountains of Montana burning!

10 months ago

Hiked in Fri 9/1/17 with 3 kids (15,11,and 7) and a small dog. The hike was a bit challenging at times, but very rewarding once we reached the lake. The trail is well-maintained, and no bugs. There were at least 3 very nice campsites. We got to our campsite a little later than we'd liked, and found ourselves setting up at dusk. Just as we were getting the tent set up, a large bull moose walked within 50 feet of our site and continued down to the water where we heard him splashing around. This was quite a site to witness in such close proximity, but it definitely left us startled and looking over our shoulder the remainder of the trip. We left our packs at the campsite next to us, but we could hear him rummaging around the campsite as we "slept". The next morning we got up to fly fish, and heard rustling in the woods--there he was again! It was fascinating to watch him, and clearly he did not want any trouble with us.

10 months ago

Actually 6.4 mi RT. Excellent, shady, peaceful, and uncrowded. Fri of Labor Day weekend we were the only ones until almost back to TH. Mostly easy with some short stretches of moderate grades. We took the two right forks going up for less steepness and took the other segments returning to save time. No bug problem on Sept 1. Scenery at lake excellent with at least 2 very nice sites for backpacking.

10 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! Make sure you have the energy for the climb, most of the trail is uphill. It let me know how out of shape I really am (although I was trying to keep up with my brother who is in the navy ;) ). The lake is well worth the sweat. Huckleberry bushes were picked clean this time of year, but we still found a few handfuls.
If a more leisure hike is wanted, I would recommend Revett lake that is just over the peak from blossom.

Yes the road is pretty narrow so make sure to honk as you are coming around some corners/blind spots we almost had a head on collision because us and the other car couldn't see each other! Other than that such a beautiful scenic drive up to the trail! Please make sure to bring bug spray, lots of bugs on the trail but it was very much worth it to see all those beautiful ancient cedars on such an easy hike. Additionally, they do have a couple benches where you can sit and take a break if need be or just relax and enjoy the sounds of the river :-)

11 months ago

Hiked to Blossom Lake Friday, August 4th, 2017. Had a beautiful campsite right on the lake. HUCKLEBERRIES are plentiful & are still coming on...they are all along the trail & in our campsite as well! Saturday we hiked up to Upper Blossom Lake which is an easy hike . My hiking book said there is no trail to Upper Blossom but that is incorrect. Once you reach Blossom cross to the left of the small creek & continue along the trail staying to the left when you reach a Y in the trail. Trail climbs slightly but then evens out & is very easy. You'll come to another Y with a sign to Pear Lake & Upper Blossom Lake. Pear Lake is definitely more of a climb but well worth it! This hike is rated as easy. We do a lot of hiking & would rate this as moderate. Also the distance is incorrect. It is over 3 miles from the trailhead to Blossom Lake.

11 months ago

Gorgeous hike with infinite possibilities from a simple day hike, over-nighting, multiple lake connections, ridge scrambles, and peak bagging. When we hiked it on 7/29 we went with the simple day hike to the lower lake including a dip in the crystal clear waters.

A few points: I would rate this moderate, not easy. I wonder sometimes if the people doing trail ratings are very fit and rating them according to their level rather than the general population. There is a fair amount of climbing that someone expecting an "easy" hike might be caught off guard with.

An earlier post mentioned that there are a couple of splits in the trail, but regardless which you take you wind up merging back onto the same trail. It's odd to me that they went to the effort to build alternate trails but with no signage or closing the old one off as they often do. I will add that if you are ascending, for both splits, taking the left split will lead you up a shorter, steeper route, while the right takes you up a newer, gentler (and slightly longer) route. So, for now, the choice is yours apparently.

Finally, HUCKLEBERRIES! I was picking them along the trail but saw others lower on the trail foraging. So get there soon! As with a lot of mountain landscapes this year, it looks like the bear grass was phenomenal this year but, sadly, the blooms are now gone.

Daniel Mitchell's review sums it up nicely. Note that the unimproved road to the trailhead is about 5 miles. Not too bad but pretty slow going.

11 months ago

Beautiful hike, one of our favorites!! The hike up to the lake can be pretty steep at times but we forgot all about that by the time we got to the lake! Well worth it, lake feels secluded (we went at 8 am on a Sunday) and we only ran into 2-3 other small groups the entire time. I recommend packing a lunch and probably even your swim suit to thoroughly enjoy your break at the lake! Good hike for dogs too. We will be back and camp for a night next time!

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Easy hike! Wanted something short since I was bringing my 2 year old golden retriever. The hike itself is dry but mostly shaded. The lake was beautiful and clear and perfect to spend the rest of the afternoon in. I went on a weekend and the trail and camping spots were crowded. There was a group of girls doing an overnight that brought their small, yipper dogs that barked all afternoon. Please, if you bring a dog, try to control them.
Bugs weren't terrible- mostly flies, but at least they didn't bite. I noticed more mosquitos in the morning than the evening, but was managed with good bug repellent.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

beautiful hike. definitely more of a moderate level though.

This is an easy hike, very family-friendly. It is mostly level trail for most of the way, all shaded, and cool on this otherwise hot July 4th. The trail meanders through very old cedar trees, and crosses a lovely creek several times. A forest fire did considerable damage to these beautiful trees, two years ago, but this is still worth a visit, if you are in the area.

Be advised that the road to the trailhead is not improved. It is a single lane, gravel road, with pull-outs. You don’t need a 4 wheel drive to make it, but expect a few bumps and a lot of dust.

By the way, the entire trail is finally open, after nearly two years of repairs!

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