Southern Seven Devils Mountains

Riggins, Idaho

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Though not as well known as the loop through the northern Seven Devils Mountains, the Southern Seven Devils have a wonderful loop trail of their own with similarly grand scenery. This trip starts at the remote Black Lake Campground, at the end of a long, rough dirt road from the town of Council. From here, most hikers head west to Six Lake Basin, but to do the loop, you go north past the beautiful Emerald Lake, and then circle east around the craggy towers of Monument Peak and Black Imp. Excellent side trips lead to the spectacular Ruth Lake and the well-named Crystal Lake, the latter requiring a cross-county scramble.
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)

Though not as well known as the loop through the northern Seven Devils Mountains, the Southern Seven Devils have a wonderful loop trail of their own with similarly grand scenery.

This trip starts at the remote Black Lake Campground, at the end of a long, rough dirt road from the town of Council. From here, most hikers head west to Six Lake Basin, but to do the loop, you go north past the beautiful Emerald Lake, and then circle east around the craggy towers of Monument Peak and Black Imp. Excellent side trips lead to the spectacular Ruth Lake and the well-named Crystal Lake, the latter requiring a cross-county scramble.

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

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Riggins
Distance: 24
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3-5 days
Season: Usually open July-October Best: July
Local Maps: USFS Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Southern Seven Devils Mountains

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