Hiking & Trails

Trail of the Week: Bull Trout Lake Trail

Pete Zimowsky / Idaho Statesman

If you need one last fix of snow, sun and glorious vistas before the snow melts, you can't beat the trail to Bull Trout Lake.

The trail goes across meadows and through pine forests, all still ladened in plenty of snow.

You can see incredible scenery dominated with the surrounding Salmon River Mountains and the nearby Sawtooths. It's the perfect place to let your dogs romp because the snow is packed down and solid, except for the top 2 or 3 inches of snow, which thaws during the day. There's so much to see up here. As the snow melts around Bench Creek, it creates a winding sculpture as more of the creek is revealed from the depths of the snow. Enjoy this last holdout of winter.

Trail of the Week

Open to: Snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and snowshoers.

Ideal for: Everyone, because of the go-anywhere hard-packed snow.

Trailhead elevation: 6,917 feet; GPS: 44° 19.376N; 115° 14.039W.

Destination elevation: 6,948 feet; GPS: 44° 18.185N; 115° 15.344W.

Length: 2 miles to Bull Trout Lake; 4 miles round trip.

Difficulty: Easy flat terrain.

Out and back or loop: Out and back.

Wildlife you might see: Songbirds and hawks.

Notes/bathrooms: The nearest bathroom is at Banner Summit before you get to the area.

Information: Boise National Forest map.

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