Challis Creek Lakes

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Challis Creek Lakes 4268 is a jeep trail located in the Salmon-Challis National Forest, an hour from Challis. The Salmon-Challis National Forest covers a vast 4.3 million acres of east-central Idaho which includes the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness,... Read More
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Highlights of Challis Creek Lakes

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Overland Category Icon Overland
Scenic Category Icon Scenic
Water Category Icon Water
Highest Elevation
9002 ft
Shape of Trail
Out & Back
Typically Open
Year Round
Best Direction
N/A
Official Trail Name
4268
Nearest Town
Challis
Nearest Services
Challis
Management Agency
Salmon-Challis National Forest
District
Middle Fork Ranger District

Overview

Challis Creek Lakes 4268 is a jeep trail located in the Salmon-Challis National Forest, an hour from Challis. The Salmon-Challis National Forest covers a vast 4.3 million acres of east-central Idaho which includes the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness, the tallest peak in Idaho, Borah Peak,and the Salmon River. Challis Creek Lakes trail begins at the junction of Mosquito Flat Reservoir. It leads to a group of three alpine lakes that sits at the edge of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness at around 9000' in elevation, with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. This is a rocky and bumpy trail with burbling creek crossings that meanders thru the forest and sometimes even in the road! There is also the Challis Creek trailhead access for hikers, equestrians, and motorcyclists midway on the trail. Once you reach the top of the trail, the lakes are a refreshing view after coming out of the forest and have plenty of space to disperse camp.

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