West Fork Lake

Copeland, Idaho 83805

West Fork Lake

West Fork Lake Professional Review and Guide

"This trail leads past West Fork Cabin, which is open to public use with a woodstove and room for about six adults. The trail also visits West Fork Lake and Hidden Lake, the largest high-mountain lake in the Idaho Selkirks.

West Fork Lake is situated in a remote area where hikers can climb to views of country in which grizzly bears and mountain caribou have found their last remaining refuge in this region. The presence of these rare species (incidentally, mosquitoes are not rare here) has been triggering management options such as road closures. Check with the Bonners Ferry Ranger District for updates."

West Fork Lake Reviews

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The hike was great. There were four or five trees that hadn't been cleared from the trail in a few years. At the lake itself, there were TONS of mosquitoes and horseflies. The Northeast side of the lake has the prime camping spots because they are dry. The southwest side is very, very marshy. The views from the lookout are awesome.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
8 hours or overnight
Mid-June through September
5,075 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,795 feet
Top Elevation
Idaho Panhandle National Forests, Bonners Ferry District
Local Contacts
USGS Smith Peak, Shorty Peak, Caribou Creek, Grass Mountain
Local Maps

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Oct 2018