Clearwater National Forest - Fish Lake - Member Hike

Hike Name: Clearwater National Forest - Fish Lake
Country: United States
State: Idaho
Nearby Town: Orofino
Rating: 4 stars
Directions: Approximately 150 miles east of Lewiston, Idaho and 60 miles west of Missoula, MT. Fish Lake is located in the Clearwater National Forest northeast of Kelly Creek. Take U.S. Forest Road #569 from US 12 at the Powell Ranger Station. Follow it up to and along Toboggan Ridge and to Kelly Creek (a well known fishing area.) Continue to Lake Creek for seven miles on U.S. Forest Road #295 to a road barrier where there is a small parking area. The barrier is on Lake Creek about 1.5 miles past its junction with Goose Creek.
Total Hike Distance: 12.00 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: USFS 295
Trails Used: Fish Lake Trail
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams, Lakes
Management: U.S. Forest Service
Contact Information: Clearwater National Forest
12730 Highway 12,
Orofino, ID 83544 Phone
(208) 476-4541
Best Season: Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers, Dogs, Horses, ATVs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads, Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads, Four Wheel Drive Recommended, High Clearance Vehicle Recommended
Hike Summary: Fish Lake is accessible by ATV and is quite popular in the area. The Fish Lake trail makes a gradual climb up to the lake and you can follow either a hiking trail or an old logging road for access. If you have the energy you might even consider hiking past Fish Lake and over the ridge to a small, quiet, and very peaceful lake about a mile away (which we think was Siamese Lake) and we decided to camp for the night). Both are worthwhile trips, although Fish Lake is significantly bigger and has much better trout fishing.


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