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Hum Lake Out and Back

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

6.7 mile 10.7 kilometer loop
67% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,228' 679 m
Descent: -2,228' -679 m
High: 7,748' 2,362 m
Low: 6,529' 1,990 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)

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A nice, high elevation trail with spectacular views and beautiful lakes.

Idaho Trails Association

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

Overview

This route starts off at the Duck Lake Trail and travels over a high pass to Hum Lake. Along the way, visitors can expect spectacular views of the surrounding peaks and drainages.

Need to Know

Hot and dry in late summer. Pack a lot of water. Up to about mid-July there is a big cornice of snow on the saddle above Hum Lake. Be prepared, as much of this trail is at high elevation, with a lot of elevation gain!

Runner Notes

Rocky in some areas.

Description

This trail takes you up a well-maintained track on the 20-Mile Trail to the Hum Lake Trail junction just before you get to Duck Lake. You then climb up through a burn from 1994 which provides unlimited views of the surrounding peaks. You climb continually until you reach the saddle above Hum Lake. You can turn around here or continue on down to Hum Lake. If you continue to Hum Lake plan on adding at least another 3 hours to the trip.

Flora & Fauna

Indian Paintbrush, Bear Grass, and young trees.

History & Background

The Blackwell Fire in 1994 burned through this area. You can see the mosaic patterns of wildfire from this trail.

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Backpacking family headed to Hum Lake passing an Idaho Trails Association Volunteer trail crew.
Mar 30, 2016 near McCall, ID
Idaho Trails Association volunteers cutting logs out of the Hum Lake Trail.
Mar 30, 2016 near McCall, ID

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