Spokane: Lookout Mountain to Fish Lake

Hike into the Bitterroots' untamed backcountry, with its plentiful moose and berries, on this 11-mile out-and-back to an exquisite lakeside campsite.
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Hike into the Bitterroots' untamed backcountry, with its plentiful moose and berries, on this 11-mile out-and-back to an exquisite lakeside campsite.

-Mapped by Galen Williams

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.9

Waypoints

FSH001

Location: 47.0445709228516, -115.944801330566

From Lookout Mtn. trailhead, begin hiking WNW on Trail 52

FSH002

Location: 47.0456199645996, -115.952201843262

R @ 3-way, hiking through open meadow

FSH003

Location: 47.0517997741699, -115.952796936035

L @ Y, stay on Trail 52; weathered Widow Mtn. emerges to R

FSH004

Location: 47.0561103820801, -115.95539855957

Continue hiking up gradual incline; sporadic breaks in pine forest provides views W of evergreen-cloaked hills

FSH005

Location: 47.0644416809082, -115.95580291748

Traverse W hill slope; clearing brings views of Grandmother Mtn.

FSH006

Location: 47.0667610168457, -115.956703186035

Cross low-flow, muddy creek; not a recommended water source

FSH007

Location: 47.070011138916, -115.959701538086

Head 100 ft. NE off trail, to view placid waters of Lost Lake below; trail bears W, crossing treeline and skirting E side of lake basin

FSH008

Location: 47.0748596191406, -115.96410369873

Break for blueberries before tackling Lookout Mtn.?s rocky summit

FSH009

Location: 47.0830383300781, -115.966300964355

Huckleberries, raspberries, and views of the Clearwater Mtns. await on Lookout Mtn. (6,789 ft.), where remnants of an old tower deteriorate among white granite

FSH010

Location: 47.0859603881836, -115.969902038574

E view showcases series of shallow ponds; find thirsty moose here

FSH011

Location: 47.0908584594727, -115.971801757812

Cautiously descend rocky granite slope, following gentle, juniper-lined ridge as Fish Lake peeks out to NE

FSH012

Location: 47.1007308959961, -115.970802307129

Turn R onto sidetrail, following stream to Fish Lake. Forest gives way to swampy clearing with good bird-watching

FSH013

Location: 47.1002388000488, -115.963203430176

Fish Lake. Surrounded by thick grass, this oasis attracts moose, elk, and an occasional bear. Fire ring on S shore; no permit needed. Retrace steps to trailhead