Explore the most popular hiking 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.

It’s a short trail. Lake can be reached in about an hour. There are some parts of the trail that disappear but is usually marked by cairns in those spots. There aren’t too many spots for camping but your best bet for a spot would be along the west side of the lake. Fun little day hike though.

on Spider Lake Trail

horseback riding
9 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Ok trail super rocky hard to tell where the trail is at first

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.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

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

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.

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.

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.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

For a Short-Day or 2-Day hike this is great! The trail isn't too dangerous, it's nice and steep for just part of the way, then it tapers to a nice incline (going in).
We really pushed and made great time. The three of us saw no one else along the way, the entire time we were there. The trail sometimes gets lost among the meadows it crosses, but if you look, the markers are clearly there. Our camp was about 1/2 mile away from the lake, which was perfect. There were small fish in the lake, not really a great fishing spot. We could see timberline and spent some time exploring, laying out in the sun and enjoying the quiet beauty around us. The lake is pretty small, in fact, we contemplated going all the way around it! It's got a ton of springs/runoff running into the lake, which makes it pretty cold. Soaking your smelly, hiker-feet is a must!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Love the Brown Duck Basin area!!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

easy fun for the family

Thursday, August 08, 2013

The trail parallels the river for almost the entire length and forks in the upper basin when in joins the Highline trail. You can't see much until you get to the upper basin.

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.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Good trail started off onto the Lake Fork Trail left at 4:30pm Friday afternoon, scenic views of the river hiking up that. Camp out for the night along the river. Next day left at about 10:30am from camp went all the way up and turned up into Cleveland Pass and hiked all the way up to Cleveland Lake, from there took East Basin Trail all the way to the reservoir up there and set up camp there at about 6:30pm. Next day hiked down back to Lake Fork Trail head left camp at about 9:30am got to the car at about 1:30pm. The trail itself is very clean and well maintained which is easy for nice hiking and keeping a good speed. It is also well marked on the trees and up on the ridge with rock towers. Saw no one on the trail and a little bit of wildlife. But all in all the loop we did was about 33 miles or so and can be done in a two day period, I see it as well worth it with some great views. Be careful of the weather we ran into some thunderstorms and hail storms when exposed up top, but they pass by quickly. Recommend the hike for all levels of hikers has different types of terrain features from steep switchback to grassy fields to access roads to just a nice wooded trail.

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