Upper Cannon Lake
ElevationAscent: 1,047' 319 m
Descent: -40' -12 m
High: 8,142' 2,482 m
Low: 7,098' 2,163 m
GradeAvg Grade: 17% (10°)
Max Grade: 50% (26°)
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“A secret gem of a lake that most overlook while passing through.”— Joseph States
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Family Friendly Not so far from a parking lot. You could make a day trip of it from Windy Saddle or stay the night and head out later.
This trail is quite easy as it runs from cairn to cairn up the ridge. That easy hiking gives way as you start to assault the face of the canyon and climb steeper and steeper. If at anytime you feel like you lost the trail, just stop and scan for a cairn, the trail reappears like magic. (sometimes you wonder how you didn't see it) About 2/3 the way there, the trail plays a bittersweet trick on you, leading you to think you are coming over the top and almost there! It is only a sweet meadow area with a sweet waterfall coming down a sweet cliff! Stay with the cliff as you pass the waterfall and scramble up a steep, somewhat loose trail section to get up out of the meadow area. You are almost there!
Continue following the cairns up a steep valley to a great fall camping area and from there down onto the rocky lake shore. Some may stop here, but there is more to see if you continue along the shore to the mouth of the lake and a spectacular view. The trip back down is somehow easier to navigate and much faster. (You may wonder why it took as long as it did to get up)
Land Manager: USFS - Nez Perce & Clearwater National Forests Office