Salamander Lake Loop

Idaho Falls, Idaho

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Salamander Lake hosts beautiful meadows and good wildlife habitat flanking the Continental Divide. There are several broad, low spots in the Centennial Mountains. In these areas, the distance to the Continental Divide is not so strenuous. This hike describes one such spot with the good fortune to have retained an extensive trail system. These trails may be used to make a number of loop hikes (a rare situation in the Centennials where, in the past, trail systems have often been neglected or destroyed by logging). So far the area described here has remained intact due to lack of high-value timber combined with topography frequently changed by creeping soil and small landslides. All of these trails are closed to motor vehicles, and a sign so indicates at the beginning. Trail Creek Trail climbs moderately through small meadows and mixed conifer forest and runs a short distance from the creek
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Backpacking Idaho

by Ralph and Jackie J. Maughan and Luke Kratz (Falcon Guides)

Salamander Lake hosts beautiful meadows and good wildlife habitat flanking the Continental Divide.

There are several broad, low spots in the Centennial Mountains. In these areas, the distance to the Continental Divide is not so strenuous. This hike describes one such spot with the good fortune to have retained an extensive trail system. These trails may be used to make a number of loop hikes (a rare situation in the Centennials where, in the past, trail systems have often been neglected or destroyed by logging). So far the area described here has remained intact due to lack of high-value timber combined with topography frequently changed by creeping soil and small landslides.

All of these trails are closed to motor vehicles, and a sign so indicates at the beginning. Trail Creek Trail climbs moderately through small meadows and mixed conifer forest and runs a short distance from the creek

© 2015 Ralph and Jackie J. Maughan and Luke Kratz/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Idaho Falls
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 1,240 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-3 days
Season: Early June–mid-October
Trailhead Elevation: 7,040 feet
Top Elevation: 8,280 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Dubois Ranger District; (208) 374-5422
Local Maps: USGS Winslow Creek ID; Dubois and Island Park Ranger Districts, Caribou–Targhee National Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Salamander Lake Loop

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