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Lone Lake

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene
47.4544, -115.7661 Map & Directions
Length
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1614 feet
Highest Point
5587 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate
Looking up at a snowy Stevens Peak from Lone Lake. Photo by Holly Weiler. Full-size image
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

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This easy access trail just off I-90 in north Idaho leads to a beautiful alpine lake nestled beneath Stevens Peak in the Bitterroot Mountains. Continue reading

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Hiking Lone Lake

North Idaho's Lone Lake is a beautiful alpine lake located close to I-90 for easy access. It shares a trailhead access point with the more popular Stevens Lake, and is only a short distance from an access point for the Idaho Centennial Trail.

The route to Lone Lake starts on an old roadbed converted to trail, where the impacts of both timber and mining industry are still highly visible on the surrounding landscape. The trail is short and ascends quickly, and soon enters a recovering forest.

This trail is ideal for summer dayhikes and fall color hikes. Snow tends to linger here, although the trail is usually accessible by early to mid-June. The hillsides around Lone Lake are covered in huckleberry bushes, perfect for late summer treats and spectacular fall colors.

The trail climbs over 1600 feet in just 2 miles and deposits hikers at the outlet stream of Lone Lake with a dramatic backdrop of Stevens Peak towering overhead.

Adventurous hikers can find the climbers' trail leading up the more moderate western slope above Lone Lake and gradually ascending to the ridge where it is possible to hike to Stevens Peak's summit, or even extend the hike down to neighboring Stevens Lakes.  

Hike Description Written by
Holly Weiler, WTA Correspondent

Lone Lake

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.4544, -115.7661 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From I-90 take East Mullan exit 69. Turn left from the off-ramp, then take the next right onto Friday Ave. At .8 mile bear slightly right onto Willow Creek Road. Continue 1.7 miles, crossing I-90 on an overpass, where the road becomes a dirt Forest Service Road (NF 8008). There is a parking lot with CXT toilet at the trail head. This is a shared TH with the more popular and better marked Stevens Lakes. Look for the trail to Lone Lake slightly farther west from the TH parking lot.

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Trailhead

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District

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