Upload your photo by clicking the “Yes! A view of the east face of Badrock Peak, taken from the north face of Mount Church. One final view of Leatherman Peak from the trail. There are many intersecting roads as well as different ways to get here. The West fork of the Pahsimeroi Valley from Leatherman Pass. The upper valley was very beautiful, and the wildflowers were just starting to take over. Looking northwest from low on the ridge at Mount Idaho and Mount Borah. 1. Only available to Trek Planner Insider Members. Assuming you don't get a flat tire, it takes an hour or so of high-clearance dirt road driving to reach either the east fork, or west fork trailheads. Peak 11909' and Leatherman from the trail to Pass Lake. Dang, this is beautiful. Donaldson Peak on Lists of John 5. The weather was perfect with no wind, so I hung out for about 20 minutes reading the register before starting the traverse to Donaldson Peak. R = Rough less than 10 years of data available. The 640+/- acre Double Springs Ranch is one of central Idahos premier properties. We had a great campsite too that was gorgeous in the evening. White Cloud Peaks Then I descended the northeast ridge for a while before glissading back down into the lake basin. The total stay for Ken, Nick and I was 4-days and 3-nights, with Nick's brother Nate joining us for the first day and a half.Day 1The Drive - We didn't get out of Boise until almost 11am due to work obligations, and began the day by picking up a couple hitch-hikers heading to Wyoming for the Rainbow Family Gathering. There were a few cornices to cross on Church's east ridge, but no obstacles from the saddle up to Donaldson. Sawtooths According to Dr. Sven Liljeblad from the Historical Society, Idaho State, Pahsimeroi is the Shoshoni name for tall grass which is found in some of the meadows of the Pahsimeroi country. Pahsimeroi Upper Salmon River Road If you click on "Find an Area" and then click on the plus arrow the the left of the "Challis-Yankee Fork Ranger District," you should see these areas and the trails and campgrounds within them. Thank you! After crossing a few snowfields on the final section, we made it to the lake by about 7pm, where Ken and I immediately partook of some instant pudding. A view of Leatherman Peak from our campsite, located near the trail to Pass Lake at about 9500'. Merriam Lake lies within the Lost River Range near Mt Borah. 3. All day or multiple days if you plan to hike and explore. TrekNow provides GPS Routes, Waypoints, and Tracklogs for the best backroads and byways in Arizona Rough. We spent a little time hiking at the end of the road and the forest and river were stunning. Continuing higher up the road the scenery stays awesome. Nick and Nate got an early start for their climb of No Regret Peak, and I finally got up and going by 6am, with the first rays of sunlight already shining on the top of Church. Our campsite at Lake 9682', with the bighorns near the center of the photo. Pioneer Mountains The river isn’t huge but is peaceful and crystal clear. 8. From here, either climb the Northeast Face, or continue up the gully … This area is located close to Mackay, Idaho which makes a great base camp for exploring here. The west fork offers great views of some of the highest peaks in the range. It watched us for a while, then trotted off into the trees. Graded Dirt Road Rocks. Looking up the west ridge. More if you plan to explore more in the area. Mount Borah to the northwest. The snow was pretty firm down low, but softened up a bit in the mid section. 9. If verified, you will receive a badge on your user page and you will rank up and could win awesome prizes like tents, backpacks, jackets, and more! Its hard to describe just how beautiful it was.Day 3Merriam Lake to West Fork Pahsimeroi - After a good night of sleep, we awoke to great weather and awesome views all around us. This area gets very hot and dry in the summer. ... Our goal was to hike into Merriam lake, at 9,600 and change, as well as Pass lake, which is a bit over 10K. Splattski Trip Report The east fork pahsimeroi is also worth hiking. Make sure you've got good tires and a spare. Peak List A hatchery operates on the Pahsimeroi River with a weir 1.5 km upstream from the mouth. The following daily bag limits apply to all waters within each region except as modified in the Special Rules. The first night we camped along mahogany creek. Few people visit the area, since the access "roads" are very bad. The closest populated place is that of Goldburg that is16.44 miles far from Carlson Lake.. Carlson Lake is also 44.75 miles far from the closest airport or heliport, the Mackay Airport .. The north face of Mount Church, from the meadow near the East Fork trailhead. To get your picture verified, find the Trek Challenge picture in this post. The trail to merriam lake and pass lake are different trails but they start at the same location. The main trail will lead back down to the Pahsimeroi Valley road. The rain finally started slowing down as soon as Nick put on his raingear, so we headed up the trail after a couple of raging creek crossings. I love adventure! * = Analysis may not provide a valid measure of conditions. Nick and Nate are the small dots descending one of the snowfields. ATV/UTV/Off Road Difficulty Ratings: Evening view of Mount Idaho and partially frozen Merriam Lake. They are Pass Creek and Doublespring Pass. Nick and Nate are the small dots descending one of the snowfields. It is a moderate 2 mile hike to the lake from the trailhead. Donaldson Peak ACME Map Few people visit the area, since the access "roads" are very bad. Carlson Lake is a place of kind Reservoir belonging to the County of ( Custer ).. The cascade could be heard from the road. No Regret Peak from the west ridge of Donaldson. I'd seen a few photos of Pass Lake, and always thought it looked pretty barren. Boise Mountains Steep. There are two ways to reach here from Mackay. The first thing you should do before riding is get a good map. Once back at our camp, we had a good time sitting around the fire, and working out the details of our soon to be patented "boot drier-outer rods".Day 4Back to the car and back on the road - When we woke up, the skies were grey, and it looked like just a matter of time before it started raining. But it was all worth it when we finally got to Merriam Lake at 7:30pm. No issues on the way back to the trailhead, we just let Ken handle the route finding down through the trees on our way down.Merriam Lake - Once back at the east fork trailhead, we climbed in the Durango, and made the drive over to the west fork trailhead (minus Nate, who had to head home). Smoky Mountains Advanced riders/drivers only. We were able to follow a series of game trails for the first couple miles before crossing the creek into more open terrain, and great views of Mount Church and Badrock Peak. Ken crossing a log over the West Fork Pahsimeroi River. We spent a couple nights camping and had a great time. Team work required, Trail Blazing, Large Rocks, Strenuous. Its a long drive no matter how you visit. The north face of Mount Church, from the meadow near the East Fork trailhead. The major peaks are not the best for many scouts. Our pictures here are from late May, and another trip in late August with terrible wildfire smoke. Length-frequency histograms of total lengths of all fish captured at lakes within the Upper Salmon River Basin during gill netting and angling There are many hiking trails up into the Wilderness areas of the Lost River Range. Pano of Mount Idaho and Sacajawea Peak from the inlet to Merriam Lake. Boulder Mountains At least 50 miles from Mackay to the top of the road and back. Idaho Favorites The lake was about half frozen over, and the ice in the water made for quite the sight. You get several different angles with nice views of Borah Peak that really dominates the area. All Trip Reports Luckily we didn't get a flat tire, and made it into Mackay for long awaited burgers, fries, and milkshakes, before finishing off the long drive home. Elk near the trail with Whitecap Peak in the background. The Pahsimeroi River valley in the Lost River Range is truly one of the most ruggedly beautiful areas in all of Idaho. Guidebooks There is an East and a West fork of the Pahsimeroi River and both roads have great views. Very Rough. Near the end of the road we found a really cool cascade in the trees that required a short walk but was well worth it. JustHiking Trip Report #2 Some interesting algae growing on top of the ice in Merriam Lake. The lay of the land makes it hard to put together a typical multi-day backpacking trip, but we were able to come up with an itinerary that allowed us to backpack in to three different campsites, with return trips to the car in the middle of each day. My Favorite Photos The last rays of sun on Mount Church, from out campsite at Lake 9682'. Then there was a stop at the Subway in Hailey (they were out of meatball's), followed by a drive over Trail Creek road. Copyright © 2020 The Trek Planner. But most importantly treat the land with respect. Short Hikes This is well worth a trip if you are up for getting well off the beaten path. Pass Lake in Custer County is 11.3 acres. This area is awesome. The road into the trailhead is all dirt and has been described as one of the roughest dirt roads in Idaho. Interested in land listings and ranches for sale in Lemhi County, Idaho? The east ridge of Church from the saddle. water phase, juvenile emigrants pass Lower Granite Dam, approxi-mately 620 rkm from the mouth of the Pahsimeroi River, and another seven dams before reaching the Pacific Ocean, a journey of 1,314 rkm. Next up the East Fork is where we chose to spend another night camping and it was great. Lake, B= Basin Lake, C= Bear Valley Lake #3, D= Everson Lake, E= Nez Perce Lake, and F= Buck Lake #4). Ken crossing a log over the West Fork Pahsimeroi River. The lake is treeless and pretty exposed, but still a truly beautiful setting.Day 2North Face of Mount Church - I'd been daydreaming about climbing this route for a couple years, and it was finally go time! We really enjoyed the camping here with nice views at all times of the day. The higher your rank the better the prizes you could win! The going was pretty steep (maybe 45 degree slope), and I eventually moved from the snow to a band of rock for the last 500 feet up to the ridge. I have explored by truck and by ATV with a little on foot. The trailhead is near the boat launch for Pass Lake at the junction of Highway 20 and Rosario Road. Some interesting algae growing on top of the ice in Merriam Lake. This is a remote area and far away from any services. The west ridge of Donaldson from the saddle. Pass lake and Leatherman Pass accessed from the same trailhead is another nice looking area, though I haven't been there. 2. Upper Pahsimeroi River. Mt Borah is the highest peak in Idaho at 12,662’. Summit pano from Donaldson, spanning about 200 degrees from Church to McCaleb. Mule deer we saw on the trail from Pass Lake. Pahsimeroi Area The Pahsimeroi and Lemhi Mountains provide the setting for some amazing recreational opportunities. It is affectionately known as the “Swiss Alps” by the locals. VERSION – The Pass Lake Pram comes in two lengths, 8 foot and 10 foot. A view of the east face of Badrock Peak, taken from the north face of Mount Church. Walk-Ups A view of the northwest face of Leatherman Peak from our campsite at about 9500’ along the Pass Lake trail, on the upper West Fork Pahsimeroi.. June 30, 2008 Donaldson Peak on SummitPost I love cache valley and the central Idaho area has been moving up my list quickly. The east ridge of Church from the saddle. The west face of Leatherman Peak. Mount Church from the top of Leatherman Peak. But there were actually a few trees up there, and a handful of places to camp (after the snow melts off of course). Idaho Photo Links Lemhi Range ... "Carlson Lake in upper Pahsimeroi Valley." Verify my picture” button on the left hand side bar. TrekNow provides GPS Routes, Waypoints, and Tracklogs for the best backroads and byways in Arizona Peak Map Then a little further down the trail, we saw another elk. Merriam Lake sits at about 9,600’ just a few ridges to the south. "Pass Lake Flowers and Meadow" "Summer Morning at Pass Lake" "West Fork Pahsimeroi" "Mountain Stream Spirit" "Mountain Road in Fall Aspen" "White Clouds Aspen in Autumn" "Fall Colors of White Clouds Aspen" "Fall Aspens and Mountain Shadow" "Autumn at Alice Lake" The Pass Lake Loop provides a nice, quiet forested trail near the popular Deception Point State Park. Sign up to receive updates whenever we have a promotion or a special offer! Moose in the upper Pahsimeroi Valley. Or you could base camp along the road in the east or west fork. Mount Church on SummitPost Our campsite at Lake 9682', with the bighorns near the center of the photo. They are. They weren't too worried about us, and most of them just flopped down on the rocks to watch us break camp. Ken enjoying the scenery in a comfortable recliner. Be sure to pack a good lunch at a minimum. No reserving or holding of campsites, all sites are first come, first serve. We even saw a cow elk grazing in the meadow. ). Overview map of our 4-day route. You will quickly come to the Pass Creek Narrows where the road passes through a … The nearest weather station for both precipitation and temperature measurements is CHILLY BARTON F which is approximately 8 miles away and has an elevation of 6,260 feet (3,815 feet lower than Pass Lake). The nutrient rich water and prolific insect hatches allow the fish to grow rapidly. 6. We took a couple short hikes around the area and down to the river. The area is obviously full of wildlife. The Lost River Range which is the highest in Idaho and reaches over 12,000 feet. The lake itself was just barely starting to thaw, which made for a cool setting. Did Pass Lake loop including the new Big Cedar section on the west side of loop. Historical Weather. Links The Pass Lake Pram is a duplicate of the Smith Brothers’ pram in design, specifications and construction. Mount Idaho reflecting in a partially frozen Merriam Lake. Check the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations for current fishing restrictions. Rocks. So Ken and Nick broke camp quickly (I was a little less quick), and we hit the trail. The drive out was lousy, partially because we didn't want the trip to end, but mostly because the road is in such bad condition. Outside of Idaho I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Then we met up with Nate at Doublesprings Pass road, and eventually made it the the East Fork Pahsimeroi Trailhead at just before 4pm. Please stay on the established roads at all times in this area so they can remain open forever. Donaldson's summit banner. With thunderclouds looming, we hightailed it into the trees around the Pass Lake trail, and ended up with a great campsite next to the trail at about 9500' elevation.Dayhike to Pass Lake - After having a bite to eat waiting for the rain clouds to pass, we decided to take a hike up to Pass Lake. The adults must navigate this course in reverse. After completing the freshwater phase, juvenile emigrants pass Lower Granite Dam, approximately 620 rkm from the mouth of the Pahsimeroi River, and another seven dams before reaching the Pacific Ocean, a journey of 1,314 rkm. I have explored by truck and by ATV with a little on foot. Backpacking Based on recent LandWatch data, Lemhi County ranks fifth among the 44 counties in the state for the combined acres of rural properties and land available for sale. All the routes here require you to return the way you came. IdahoSummits Trip Report You won’t get a trailer up that high so you would have to camp before the fork in the road if you have a trailer. Hiked reverse which has much steeper section. I have explored by truck and by ATV with a little on foot. You will not get a trailer all the way up the roads. Peak 11909' and Leatherman from the trail to Pass Lake. Small rocks or obstacles. Pack plenty of water. This area shows the highest peaks of the Lost River Range which is the highest in Idaho at over 12,000 feet. 4. Pass Lake is a very scenic lake. Looking back down at the lake from the summit of Mount Church. Ken and Nick hiking down through a meadow in the upper Pahsimeroi Valley. Danny Bryant photographed a curled leaf with frozen dewdrops on the West Pass Trail in the Boulder Mountains on Sept. 6. Idaho 11ers The weather forecasting are available for the town of May , that is 39.95 miles far from Carlson Lake . Trail Head:44.27672 N, 113.66015 W  The Pahsimeroi River valley in the Lost River Range is truly one of the most ruggedly beautiful areas in all of Idaho. Sean beginning the climb up the west ridge. Scrambling The Upper Pahsimeroi River is one of the prettiest areas I have been. Double Springs Ranch. Both are beautiful but steep. The jagged peaks in this area had some really crazy geology. Leatherman Pass can be reached from 3 different drainages: the Pahsimeroi, Sawmill Gulch and Lone Cedar Creek. N/A = Not available. It may take a day or two for your picture to be reviewed. Summit pano from Donaldson, spanning about 200 degrees from Church to McCaleb. Thanks much for all your reports — they’re invaluable (meaning valuable) for me living also here in Cache Valley. Merriam Lake's inlet stream. White Clouds A Trek Planner Admin will review your photo and if the picture is a clear match to the Trek Challenge the Trek will then be displayed on your own profile page and you will rank up. The road isn't quite as bad on average as the west fork road, but there are a couple of fairly deep river crossings to deal with.Hike to Lake 9682' - Its about 3.5 miles of cross-country hiking and 1600' of elevation gain to reach the lake. (Courtesy photo by … For this reason, the site is extremely popular with fly fishers. The road actually goes through the river where I had to have a little fun. 7. Looking down at our route up the West Fork of the Pahsimeroi. This area is located close to Mackay, Idaho which makes a great base camp for exploring here. Dry Creek Pass is the low point on the left.Photo taken July 2, 2005. One final view of Leatherman Peak from the trail. Vague Trail. The slopes above our camp even had some of my favorite looking wind blown trees. But once there, the scenery is spectacular, offering unique views of the backside of some of Idaho's tallest peaks including Borah, Leatherman, Church, and Breitenbach. C = Conditional only 10-19 years of data available. This herd of Bighorn Ewes and Lambs watched us break camp. You can really see how it was given the name Swiss Alps. Pass Lake Salmon River Drainage. You will receive an email when your picture is verified or not verified. Those three areas are all great for spending a day or two. Paved Road Lick Creek Range No Regret Peak from the west ridge of Donaldson. Minor Obstacles. There are two ways to reach here from Mackay. Sketch of the route I used for Church (photo taken the day before). Lost River Range Evening view of Mount Idaho and partially frozen Merriam Lake. This area shows the highest peaks of the Lost River Range which is the highest in Idaho at over 12,000 feet. We took it easy for a few hours, taking in the scenery and doing some exploring close to camp. Snowshoeing Owyhee Mountains Assuming you don't get a flat tire, it takes an hour or so of high-clearance dirt road driving to reach either the east fork, or west fork trailheads. .....31 Figure 3. 10. Mount Idaho reflecting in a partially frozen Merriam Lake. Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com. There are many hiking trails up into the Wilderness areas of the Lost River Range. The lay of the land makes it hard to put together a typical multi-day backpacking trip, but we were able to come up with an itinerary that allowed us to backpack in to three different campsites, with return trips to the car in the middle of each day. I can’t decide which is my favorite so I will start with the West Fork. The trail head listed above is the beginning of the Upper Pahsimeroi River roads. Below are weather averages from 1971 to 2000 according to data gathered from the nearest official weather station. This area is awesome. The range can be reached from Idaho Falls, Idaho via US-20 to Arco, Idaho. A mostly frozen Pass Lake, with Peak 11967' above. It would require a fair amount of highway driving to get back to town. No 4x4 Needed. The adults must navigate this course in reverse. -M = Missing data. Cornices on the east ridge of Mount Church. Then go out on the Trek, complete the Trek Challenge, take a selfie or photo of yourself, then come back to this post and upload your photo. I was the last one back to camp, and was greeted by a group of close to 20 bighorn ewes and lambs. The last 7ish miles of road getting to the West Fork Upper Pahsimeroi Trailhead are terrible. Its a long drive out there so its best to spend some time enjoying the area. Mount Church on Lists of John The Snow Water Equivalent PERCENT OF Median represents the current snow water equivalent found at selected SNOTEL sites in or near the basin compared to the Median value LandWatch has hundreds of land listings and ranches for sale in Lemhi County, Idaho. The area was also full of Mountain Bluebirds. The north face of Mount Breitenbach from the E Fork Pahsimeroi River. The morning sun shining on Whitecap Peak, with storm clouds building in the background. We did it with a pickup truck, and I know a guy who did it in a Subaru, but I would recommend using a 4-wheeler or ATV if you can. Not maintained. There were quite a few snowfields to cross along the way, especially around the lake. Between Peak 11909 and Leatherman Peak, follow the gully up to a cirque at 10,800 feet. But it was still beautiful. 4x4 may be needed under certain conditions. Located in the upper Pahsimeroi Valley 65 miles northeast of Sun Valley, the ranch is encircled by the majestic peaks of the Lemhi and Lost River ranges and surrounded by federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Two Track. Come in from the West Fork Pahsimeroi Trail [(B)(8)(a)] hiking due west toward Leatherman Pass. It is affectionately known as the “Swiss Alps” by the locals. The morning sun shining on Whitecap Peak, with storm clouds building in the background. Ken and Nick hiking down through a meadow in the upper Pahsimeroi Valley. It is affectionately known as the “Swiss Alps” by the locals. We will have a separate Trek linked for each. Would love your thoughts, please comment. Mule deer we saw on the trail from Pass Lake. Pano taken in the upper Pahsimeroi Valley, including Leatherman Peak, Leatherman Pass, and Whitecap Peak. All Waters Open All Year. The "standard route" for Church & Donaldson, with the pond still nearly frozen over. Our spot had up close views of Borah Peak the highest peak in Idaho at 12,667 feet. Pass Lake from the top of Leatherman. This area is awesome. There will be a trail taking off to the left which will take the hiker about 1/2 mile to Pass Lake where those wishing to fish or just view a lovely lake nestled above the tree line among the rocks will want to spend a little time. The "standard route" for Church & Donaldson, with the pond still nearly frozen over. JustHiking Trip Report #1 Eventually we pried ourselves away and hiked back to the trailhead where we re-stocked on food and began the hike up towards Leatherman Pass and Pass Lake. Looking back on Leatherman Pass. The trail heads up into the forest on the west side of the lake. After that, we set a steady pace back to the car to beat the weather, but it never did rain on us. Each roads penetrates a couple miles into the mountains before ending at the Wilderness Boundary. Ken and Dave getting ready to hit the trail. A mostly frozen Pass Lake, with Peak 11967' above. Elk near the trail with Whitecap Peak in the background. 4x4 and winch or buddy assistance may be necessary. The total stay for Ken, Nick and I was 4-days and 3-nights, with Nick's brother Nate joining us for the first day and a half. Large Obstacles. A trip to Idaho's Pahsimeroi Range, and high mountain lakes. Big Cedar is well worth the hike but if you go in reverse a hiking stick can come in handy for the steep sections - especially the very steep down which I dumbly did without a stick when trail was muddy. Both roads are dead ends. Mount Church ACME Map Related Links: The morning sun shining on Whitecap Peak, with storm clouds building in the background. To reach from Mackay you can either take Pass Creek, or Doublespring Pass. It gives me an excuse to get out! White Clouds The last rays of sun on Mount Church, from out campsite at Lake 9682'. County Seat, Bear Lake County Pahsimeroi puh-SIMMER-oi or puh-SIMMER-eye River, Custer & Lemhi Counties Palouse puh-LOOSE River, Latah County Pegram PEA-gram Community, Bear Lake County Pend Orielle pond oh-RAY Lake, Bonner & Kootenai Counties Picabo PEEK-uh-boo Community, Blaine County Pingree PING-gree Community, Bingham County Placerville Salmon River Mountains The road will eventually split into two forks. This section of the trail was much easier, and only gained about 1300' in the 3 miles to our eventual campsite. A mostly frozen Pass Lake, with Peak 11967' above. There are two small campgrounds and numerous trails to enjoy. Steep. Idaho 12ers The west ridge of Donaldson from the saddle. Sean on the trail to Leatherman Pass with the White Knob Mountains in the background. Two Track. When we came here in 2005, and the hike took us quite a while due to bushwhacking. Snow Climbing Moose in the upper Pahsimeroi Valley. Be prepared to be self reliant. But this time we kept well above the creek to the east to stay out of the brush. The Upper Pahsimeroi River is one of the prettiest areas I have been. The rock in the area was pretty unique, almost moon-like, and we did a little exploring before heading back down to our campsite, scaring up a mule deer along the way. Starting from Mackay most of the route is well forested and offers some unique rock formation. Its remote, quiet, and the scenery doesn’t take a back seat to many places. This herd of Bighorn Ewes and Lambs watched us break camp. East and West Fork turn:44.16457 N, 113.70776 W. The Upper Pahsimeroi River is one of the prettiest areas I have been. Sketch of the route I used for Church (photo taken the day before). The “Leatherman Trail” follows the Pass Lake Trail for about 1.6ish miles. Ken and Dave getting ready to hit the trail. It was raining when we got there, so we stayed in the car eating PB&J's for a while. Cornices on the east ridge of Mount Church. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Two Track Easy. Except as modified in Special Rules Fishing is not allowed within the posted upstream and downstream boundary of any fish weir or trap.. Daily Bag Limits. A frozen Pass Lake. After Leatherman Pass, visitor will be on the Challis Ranger District and will follow the trail down the Pahsimeroi Valley side for about 1 mile. Similar trip taken in 2005 Ken enjoying the scenery in a comfortable recliner. A view of Leatherman Peak from our campsite, located near the trail to Pass Lake at about 9500'. Rough, slow going, but not technically difficult road full of small rocks. Looking back down at the lake from the summit of Mount Church. Each one has great hiking from the trail heads at roads end. You can get a trailer here but it will need good tires and high clearance. All Rights Reserved. Mule deer we saw on the trail from Pass Lake. There are many hiking trails up into the Wilderness areas of the Lost River Range. Pano taken in the upper Pahsimeroi Valley, including Leatherman Peak, Leatherman Pass, and Whitecap Peak. Lost River Range Backpacking 20086/28/08-7/1/08Mount Church (12,200') & Donaldson Peak (12,023') Take a selfie or picture of yourself on the road to Upper Pahsimeroi River. Peak 11909' and Leatherman from the trail to Pass Lake. Not to far into the hike, we came across a Moose, which was very cool. We also had a Moose and calf right by our camp. The river is always available to purify water. Pano of Mount Idaho and Sacajawea Peak from the inlet to Merriam Lake. Large rocks or obstacles. Then it was just a quick 5-minute traverse to the summit at about 9am. The trailhead is located in the Upper Pahsimeroi Valley at about 8200’. This has become one of my favorite camping areas. But once there, the scenery is spectacular, offering unique views of the backside of some of Idaho's tallest peaks including Borah, Leatherman, Church, and Breitenbach. It was only about 2 miles and 1500' of elevation gain to the lake, but the trail is very steep for the last half mile, and we were already pretty worn out from mountain climbing that morning. This makes a very long but very beautiful loop if you are in a truck or street legal ATV. Dirt Road. 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