Idaho Falls, ID: Divide Creek Lake

Explore a seldom-visited stretch of the Continental Divide with hidden lakes, world-class trout fishing, and abundant wildlife.
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Explore a seldom-visited stretch of the Continental Divide with hidden lakes, world-class trout fishing, and abundant wildlife.

Hike through wildflower-filled meadows—watch for the light purple splash of wild iris in August—to a jade-colored alpine lake on this 18.9-mile out-and-back in the shadow of the rugged Beaverhead Mountains. This is primitive country: Keep your eyes peeled for mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and grizzlies.

Gear up Idaho Mountain Trading, 474 Shoup Ave., Idaho Falls, ID. (208) 523-6679; idahomountaintrading.net

Fishing permit Nonresident $13 plus $6/day; ID resident $26/year; fishandgame.idaho.gov

Contact (208) 374-5422; 1.usa.gov/itpeaks

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 29.8

Waypoints

MAP001

Location: 48.515178, -120.73584

Trailhead for Heather and Maple Pass loop.

MAP002

Location: 48.511786, -120.743351

Traverse a wide hillside meadow filled with summer wildflowers; keep your eyes peeled for wildlife.

MAP003

Location: 48.50871, -120.744895

Trail fork: left 0.5 mile to Lake Ann; right to continue loop.

MAP004

Location: 48.507009, -120.755925

Find picnic spots along shoreline; camping no longer permitted in area.

MAP005

Location: 48.508615, -120.75384

Emerge from forest cover for first big views of Lake Ann basin.

MAP006

Location: 48.508696, -120.76355

Heather Pass; fork right for meadow stroll, sweet campsites and rocky traverse to Lewis Lake.

MAP007

Location: 48.509838, -120.764632

Nice ridgetop campsite.

MAP008

Location: 48.510194, -120.766187

Primo campsite with awesome view.

MAP009

Location: 48.51046, -120.768178

End of maintained trail; option to traverse rockfall to Lewis Lake.

MAP010

Location: 48.503711, -120.769293

Big ridgetop meadow. Look for secluded campsites in tree glades; use established sites.

MAP011

Location: 48.503312, -120.768523

Small sheltered campsite near pond.

MAP012

Location: 48.501752, -120.768812

Big view southwest toward Glacier Peak.

MAP013

Location: 48.500774, -120.76617

Small, exposed campsites.

MAP014

Location: 48.499581, -120.760678

Maple Pass. Side trail forks right up flanks of Frisco Peak.

MAP015

Location: 48.510549, -120.734832

Trail junction: fork left on paved trail to return to starting point; or right for 0.5 mile to Rainy Lake viewpoint.

MAP016

Location: 48.504137, -120.736034

Rainy Lake viewpoint.