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Sandpoint, ID: Moose Mountain Loop

Climb to picture-perfect panoramas of Moose Lake and the Lightning Creek Drainage from Moose Mountain on this 7-mile loop in Kaniksu National Forest.

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Hidden in the eastern reaches of Kaniksu National Forest, this leisurely 7-mile loop pushes toward Blacktail Lake before climbing up Moose Mountain and dropping down to Moose Lake. Start by heading southwest on the Moose Creek Trail from the parking lot at the end of Forest Service Road 1022. After 0.6 mile, turn right on the Blacktail Lake Trail and begin climbing up a hill separating Blacktail Lake and Moose Lake. At mile 2.4, bear left to hit the Moose Mountain Trail (the right fork brings downhill to Blacktail Lake, 0.6 mile away).
Moose Mountain’s peak is preceded by a revealing ridgeline serving up vistas of both nearby lakes and the surrounding mountain country. Once at the peak, the trail bends to the east while descending another ridge toward Moose Lake. Along the way, you’ll hike down a staircase of rock, through a clearing and past marshland encroaching the lake’s shore. Primitive campsites are situated elsewhere along the lake’s shoreline, and the lake itself provides fishing for small, yet active, brook trout. Return to the trailhead via looping back with the Moose Creek Trail.

-Mapped by Travis Lesicka

To Trailhead

Heading east on ID 200, turn left on Trestle Creek Rd. and follow for 15.6 miles. Bear left onto Forest Service Rd. 419 and follow for 1 mile. Turn right at Forest Service Rd. 1022. Parking lot is at end of road in 2.1 miles.

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