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

on Tungsten Lake

2 months ago

We camped here after summiting King's Peak. The trail from Five-Point Lake to Tungsten Lake is up and down with multiple creek crossings. Follow the Cairns across the meadow. We passed no one and no one was camped at Tungsten lake.
There are several lakes or ponds for filtering water and then there's a good stream that will be your last chance for water before King's Peak summit. Location: 40.7486713  -110.4413601

on Spider Lake Trail

2 months ago

We caught cutthroat and Brook trout at Spider Lake. Spider Lake was a rest stop on our first day of a hike to King's Peak via Center Park trail. We continued on to Five Point Lake to stay the night but stayed at Spider Lake on our way out. Across the grassy meadow, the morning mist slowly cleared to reveal a perfect reflection of pines and rocks. it was beyond beautiful; cold and wet but undeniably beautiful.

backpacking
Friday, January 05, 2018

My first backpacking trip and been there several other time on loop hikes

on Spider Lake Trail

horseback riding
Friday, September 29, 2017

Spider lake was beautiful and serene. We were the only people there the whole time we were camped. however the trail is rocky, hiking it was not enjoyable, it was very difficult. warning to those on horseback to avoid this trail at all cost. the trail was so rocky and difficult that all of our horses suffered. We ended up having to spend extra time walking them out. beautiful area, but won't go on this trail ever again. especially with a horse

backpacking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

If you want a backpacking, butt-kicking trail-riding experience, then this is your trail. You'll feel SO glad when reach Spider lake!! If you are wanting to go to the top of the drainage, then Spider should be your destination for the 1st night especially to acclimate so you don't get altitude sickness. Hiked this in 2013 and again in 2014. Very rewarding and crazy elevation changes.

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backpacking
Monday, July 03, 2017

The trail isnt as bad as Donna makes it out of be. Its fairly rocky for the last few miles but it wasn't what I would call a boulder field. The mosquitoes were not bad until you get up to the lakes but once you get there, they were very thick. Bring bugspray! The fishing was great at Island Lake. Lots of small rainbow trout. I used a small castmaster on a spincaster. No luck on Kidney lake but I was trying in the middle of the day. Someone told me you had to get your lure out about 80 feet.

The trailhead with parking area is about 1/4 mile before the campground. It took us a little while to figure this out.

trail running
Sunday, June 25, 2017

6/24/17 There was no snow on the trail.

That said, this trail is soul crushing. The skid steer tried to make the trail better and instead made it worse. The last 3 miles up to the lake was nothing but a massive boulder field that prohibits you from doing anything but slowly picking you way across it and trying to not fall, roll and ankle, and swear profusely.

All of that said the lake is GORGEOUS and totally worth the trip.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Difficult hike but worth it. The fishing was awesome! We only saw a couple people in 3 days.

backpacking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Small Lake to get away from the crowds. A few good campsite. Have to drop down from the Highline Trail

backpacking
Saturday, August 06, 2016

Amazing! The hike beats you up no doubt, but once you get there it is 110% worth it. Fishing was unbelievable as well. Honestly you can catch 40 fish is 50 casts up there. It's the most rewarding hike ever, and there's tons of water on the trail so you can stop and drink as many times as you want. Bring a water purifier. Overall, my favorite hike ever. Would do a million times over.

backpacking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

I would rate this higher, but since 4 stars is "I would do it again", I can't go that high because this trail chewed me up and I doubt I will do it again. This trail was as advertised hard. The elevation changes were really challenging, but that was my fault for not being as prepared as I should have been. Going in I had support and made the 9.8 in 10 hours. Coming out we hiked out to Swasey Creek and camped just off the trail. I would suggest doing this in and out unless you really are prepared for the elevation changes and the distance. Having said that it was truly mythical. Beautiful and amazing views from the tops and descents through some amazing meadows. There is also good water several spots along the trail.

fishing
Friday, July 08, 2016

Best fishing! Grayling in Big Dog, Brook Trout and Cutthroat in Kidney and Island lakes. There is a road into Big Dog Lake, 4X4 only and is very rough. Didn't see any other hikers in 3 days on 1st trip, 2 horsemen on 2nd trip out. Heading out again this weekend, photos to come.

hiking
Saturday, October 19, 2013

Love the Brown Duck Basin area!!

backpacking
Thursday, August 08, 2013

Good climb and quite a few lakes near Brown Duck to visit if you have the time. Its possible to make an extended loop if you have a base camp here.

hiking
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backpacking
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hiking
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hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

Wednesday, July 08, 2015