Summary: The road leading to the trailhead is good enough for almost any car to traverse. The parking area at the trailhead has room for many vehicles and a 'one holer'. If you are with a group that not all like to hike, there is a camp area at the parking area.
There are a couple areas of the trail early on that become a small creek, but the areas are easily traversed. About 60% of the hike is under the cover of trees, however, care should be taken to prevent sunburn; you will be at a great altitude after all. There are a few areas in shade that you will encounter some poison ivy/ oak, but as long as you stick to the trail, you will be perfectly fine.
The trail really starts to get difficult about halfway through, when you get to a sign-post that splits the Independence trail and a ranger trail. After getting past that, you will encounter a great increase in elevation gain, as well as big rocks in the path.
Trailhead: Follow the signs to the trailhead. Once there, gather your gear, enter through the gate, and follow the signs. Next stop will be the lake! (Lat:42.2185 Lon:-113.672)
Trail Guides for Independance Lakes:
Best Seasons: Fall, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: US Forest Service
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jude Huebner
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Reviewed by Peter on 1/9/2006
I have been there about 6 times. Wonderful place! Nice wilderness type camping near the lakes. Nice camping at the trailhead also. Have taken a 4 year old to the highest lake. She rode shoulders a lot and forced a few more breaks than I would have taken alone, but otherwise handled it well. Good fish in the first lake. Lots of wildlife including deer by the lakes as well.
Reviewed by Chris on 3/15/2005
I liked this hike but wonder why the signage to so many hikes in Idaho is nil. I had to totally guess as to how to get to the trailhead and the 100 Hikes in Idaho book had bad directions. A boy scout troop assured me that I was in the right place. perhaps I was just miffed by car troubles (shock bushings that were going out) and my fear of the cows mulling around my car as I tried to repair it en route to the trailhead. Some of the vistas on the way to the lakes are more stunning than the lakes. I am always amazed, as a Portlander, when I look at 10,000 foot peaks in the Inland Northwest that look like the low hills we have in Oregon. At 10,000 feet out here we have glaciers. P.S. cows are on the trail too.
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