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Hiking the trail to Pistol Lake

Trail to Pistol Lake

This hike is a little over 1 mile long with an elevation gain of 525 feet and an elevation loss of 700 feet.

USGS map Pistol Lake

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

Hike to Pistol Lake

Hike to Pistol Lake

Hike to Pistol Lake

Indian Paintbrush

Hike to Pistol Lake

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

Hike to Pistol Lake

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.

Hike to Pistol Lake

The trail down with Pistol Lake in the distance.

Hike to Pistol Lake

Pistol Lake.
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

Hike to Pistol Lake

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.

Hike to Pistol Lake

Idaho Fish & Game stocks the lake with cuttrout trout most years.

Hike to Pistol Lake