Explore the most popular hiking 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.

hiking
7 days ago

awesome short easy hike. nice slow incline to the lake. 3 campspots. only a little snow left on trail. beautifully little lake.

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.

hiking
18 days ago

Beware of trail conditions!!!! The hike is very pretty with all the snow and the lake was mostly frozen/covered but please don’t risk getting hurt out there. Ultimately, I wouldn’t recommend this hike until the snow melts thoroughly-probably July?

You will not be able to follow the marked trail with the snow. I hiked this with a friend on May 15 after initially planning to do Blossoms lakes bc Revett is rated as easy (it was very hard in snow-we were both sore the next day). We didn’t realize we hadn’t gotten to the trailhead until a mile in when we found the signs (buried in snow) from the snowed in parking lot. The hike is super snowy with 3-5+ ft of snow along the trail and there are a lot of very slick areas. You could easily miss your footing and slide off the cliff edge. There is also a ton of running water under the snow pack so be careful or you will slip through. Even areas without streams we fell through a few ft of snow at a time. The conditions are likely worse right now with slush and more risk of sliding off the cliff/through deep holes.

backpacking
27 days ago

Do you think there next weekend there would be too much snow to make it?

29 days ago

As of last weekend the road to Trailhead is still snowed in. A person could hike to the trailhead it's only one mile up the road. We did not hike it because did not have cleats and snow was too slippery. We ended up going to Settlers Grove near Murray Idaho.

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

Great hike. Fairly easy. Wonderfully maintained trail. I hiked it approximately two years ago.

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.

hiking
8 months ago

We did this hike 10/8/17. We arrived early and were surprised to find about an inch of snow. We couldn't take the road past the blossoms lakes trailhead because the snow was weighing down bushes enough that we could hardly walk the road. Luckily it's an easy enough hike that the extra mile or so each was no big deal. It was a beautiful hike and the lake was amazing. We stayed and fished for a bit and eventually the sun came out and melted the snow mostly. We will be back again. I was hoping to get more fall colors, but it was more like winter was just arriving. The drive up was full of brilliant fall colors though.

hiking
8 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.

backpacking
8 months ago

Great little backpacking trip. It did get very cold and give us some snow/rain mix overnight a little surprising for sep 15. So be prepared.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice easy hike. Trails were great, mostly shady, with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. About halfway we up came upon a beautiful little waterfall. We were the only ones on the trail and and the lake at the top was crystal clear. We had the whole lake to ourselves. We enjoyed our lunch, and took some beautiful photos. The fall colors we're starting to show along the rocky hillside.

camping
9 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!

backpacking
9 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.

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.

hiking
9 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.

backpacking
9 months ago

Easy hike in with a pack. Crossed a few streams and passed by a waterfall. Lake is gorgeous and the mountain has huckleberries if you're willing to adventure and hike on the game trails. The southern trail to the back campsite around the lake is accessible, but you will have to do quite a bit of tree hopping as there is a lot of deadfall. Lake is pretty cool in the end of August, but is still nice and refreshing to dive in for a bit. If you are going for seclusion, this is definitely NOT the lake for that as this is a very popular spot.

hiking
9 months ago

Great first hike for myself and three kids ages 9-13. Do NOT follow iOS maps' description to take NFD 7 and Revett Rd. Go around bend to large parking lot marked as Thompson Pass Trailheads on Maps just along curve on NF 9. Then can park down dirt road 1 mile if your car has good clearance.

hiking
9 months ago

The trail in was amazing and easy! The trail around the lake... needs a lot of maintenance! It was doable but I wouldn’t take my young children around the lake!

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 :-)

backpacking
10 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.

hiking
10 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.

fishing
10 months ago

The trail into the lake is beautiful and well maintained. While it climbs nearly 1000 feet most of the climb is gentle. While there is a "trail" around the lake it clearly hasn't been maintained in some time. You'll have to break in places and climb over LOTS of deadfall. In some places it is very narrow with a sharp drop off to the lake. Kids would do great on the trail to the lake but you would need to carefully consider taking them all the way around

It is easily accessible which makes it somewhat crowded. At times in the middle of the day it was very noisy but quieted down when the NASCAR crowd headed back to their cars

Fishing was fun with a lot of small but hungry Brookies.

We would absolutely do this one again.

hiking
10 months ago

Very nice lake with a lot of people great scenery and pretty easy. If you do hike around the lake be prepared to do some bushwhacking. With all the blow downs and over growth the trail kind of goes away at the south end and the trail that is there is a bit rough going but fun.

hiking
10 months ago

great day with my family!

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.

hiking
10 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!

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