Jarbidge and Emerald Lake Loop Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"A roaring river, two subalpine lakes, lofty peaks, verdant meadows, and dense forests await the ardent explorer on this loop through the northwest corner of Jarbidge Wilderness. Although lightly used due to the remoteness of the wilderness, the Jarbidge River Trail to Jarbidge and Emerald lakes is perhaps the most traveled route in the region, and with good reason. Pleasant Jarbidge Lake is a shallow body of water tucked into the head of Jarbidge canyon and surrounded by verdant meadows rimmed by thick forest.
The restful ambience provides a grand setting for an afternoon of relaxation while you admire cloud patterns above the lofty summits along the Jarbidge crest. Emerald Lake is a light-green-tinted jewel. Perched below the summit of Cougar Peak and above the deep canyon of the East Fork Jarbidge River, the lakeshore provides commanding views of the surrounding scenery. Sunrises over the eastern range of peaks are particularly stunning."