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Cape Horn Mountain from Lola Creek

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A mountain with sweeping views of the Sawtooth, White Cloud, and Salmon River Mountains.


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12.0

Miles

19.4

KM

Out and Back

9,515' 2,900 m

High

6,551' 1,997 m

Low

3,324' 1,013 m

Up

3,323' 1,013 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

42%

Max Grade (23°)

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Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

With lots of creeks near Lola Lakes, you won't want for water. Nor will you want for options... You can hike .25 miles off trail to fish/camp at Lola Lakes if you're inclined (I'd recommend the upper one). Finally, there are beautiful views from the ridge.

Need to Know

Follow rock cairns to find the trail in the burned area after the creek crossing. There are some downed trees across the trail, especially in the first couple miles.

Description

This out of the way trail provides access to the Lola Lakes, then climbs to the Cape Horn divide for a great overview of the drainage. However, you shouldn't to stop there!

Continue along the ridge, past a couple false summits about a mile for stunning views of the Sawtooths, the White Clouds, and the valley to the South. The hike ends at Cape Horn Mountain. From there, you'll look down on Collie Lake and the Collie Lake drainage. Even if you don't want to go all the way to Cape Horn Mountain, you'll at least want to hike a the few hundred feat to the first high point on the ridge to get the mountain views, which are hidden from view when you are at the divide.

I didn't go to the Lola Lakes but they are only about .25 mile off the trail. There is a sign along the trail that shows the where to diverge to get to the upper lake. It looks like it would be easy cross country hiking to get there.

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Shared By:

Matthew Henderson

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Panaroma from the summit of Cape Horn Mountain
Jun 27, 2018 near Cascade, ID
Upper Lola Lake
Jun 27, 2018 near Cascade, ID
Collie Lake
Jun 27, 2018 near Cascade, ID

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Aug 3, 2019
Emilie Kitt
beautiful trail that travels through a forested area with plenty of creeks and water then climbs steeply for a gorgeous ridge walk. 11mi