Bighorn Crags

Cobalt, Idaho

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The Bighorn Crags feature the most spectacular peaks and lakes in Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness. And spectacular is definitely the right word. The scenery is absolutely delightful, with craggy granite spires, high peaks, and dozens of gorgeous alpine lakes tucked into glacial cirques. In addition to scenery, lucky hikers sometimes see elk, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep. The Crags, in fact, were named for a small band of nimble-footed sheep that live amid the spires.
Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons

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Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons

by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)

The Bighorn Crags feature the most spectacular peaks and lakes in Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness. And spectacular is definitely the right word. The scenery is absolutely delightful, with craggy granite spires, high peaks, and dozens of gorgeous alpine lakes tucked into glacial cirques.

In addition to scenery, lucky hikers sometimes see elk, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep. The Crags, in fact, were named for a small band of nimble-footed sheep that live amid the spires.

© 2015 Douglas Lorain/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Cobalt
Distance: 46
Elevation Gain: 9,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 - 6 days
Season: Usually open July to October; mid-July to mid-August
Local Contacts: Salmon/Cobalt Ranger District, 208-756-5200
Local Maps: USGS Hoodoo Meadows, USGS Mount McGuire
Driving Directions: Directions to Bighorn Crags

Recent Trail Reviews

7/25/2008
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We had a great time with a Boy Scout Troop of 8 boys and 5 adult leaders. We camped at Birdbill on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday included a trip to Airplane and Ship Island Lakes with a MASSIVE thunderstorm just as we arrived at Ship Island. Wednesday we went to Big Clear, Pothole, Crater, and Gooseneck, and Glacier Lakes. Thursday we moved camp to a beautiful spot at the inlet to Wilson Lake and went to Welcome and Heart Lakes. Friday we made it as far as Reflection Lake to the south before heading back to Wilson. Saturday we packed out. Awesome trip.


6/20/2008
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Great views and gorgeous lakes. We suffered a bit with the mosquitos in the middle of July, so if you go early be sure to bring a lot of deet.


8/10/2006
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This area sports some amazingly clear lakes and fine ridges with a view like none other. In this time of August the mosquito population was quite managable and not very problematic. Fishing was quite fine at the Terrace Lakes and Ship Island Lake which is a must if traveling to that area. A Slight wind picks up in the late afternoon but nothing to fret over. A must see destination for the outdoor entusiest.


8/7/2006
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Unbelievable mountain scenery! Beautiful lakes with great fishing. Trails are well maintained and easy to find but fairly rugged and steep. Plenty of people in August but we were never bothered. Five days was not enough to see even half of the lakes. Highly recommend a day hike around Ship Island Lake.



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Apr 2018