This hike is a little over 1 mile long with an elevation gain of 525 feet and an elevation loss of 700 feet.
This is a view of the trail at the trailhead. To get here follow this Google Map.
Coordinates 44 degrees 43.787N 115 degrees 25.498W - Elevation 8031 per our GPS
Check out that load, a 6 lbs tent and 6 lbs sleeping bag. We were all happy to reach the summit and are buying lighter gear this year.
44 degrees 43.539N 115 degrees 24.996W - Elevation 8556ft
Pistol Lake is on the left and Upper Pistol Lake on the right. The upper lake is much smaller but is full of trout and offers perhaps a nicer campsite. It also has a wonderful view of Pistol Lake.
The trail down with Pistol Lake in the distance.
Pistol Lake - 44 degrees 43.334N 115 degrees 24.281W - Elevation 7856 ft
Upper Pistol Lake - 44 degrees 43.299N 115 degrees 24.657W - Elevation 8108 ft
We camped at the this site at the outlet to Little Pistol Creek. There is also a very nice site on the north side of the upper lake.
Idaho Fish & Game stocks the lake with cuttrout trout most years.