Snowslide to Lake Fork
ElevationAscent: 2,269' 692 m
Descent: -2,728' -831 m
High: 7,880' 2,402 m
Low: 5,392' 1,643 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)
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“A steep climb to Snowslide Summit and then a gentle downhill to the Lake Fork Trailhead.”— Keith Lannom
At 1.5 miles, Snowslide Lake will come into view. There are a couple of dispersed campsites beside the lake. The trail starts to pull away from the lake after the campsites. The half mile to the summit is steep. Again, watch your footing as you get near the summit. There are some great views from the summit (8,141') and you can scramble to Sawtooth Peak (8,875') or Snowslide Peak (8,522') from here.
The trail off the backside of the summit is not obvious, but with your back to the trail you just came up, go off the backside to the right, look for a tree with a trail sign for Maki Lake. At the sign, you can go right to Maki Lake (Trail #135) or left to continue on the loop to Lake Fork (the Maki Lake Trail eventually connects up with the Lake Fork Trail). The rest of this description is for the East Fork Lake Fork Trail #104.
After half a mile, the grade eases off and it becomes a nice gentle, well-established downhill trail. You'll pass through a large avalanche debris field. McCall Smokejumpers cut out the debris in 2014 to re-establish the trail. The trail passes through several meadows and stands of timber and eventually runs alongside the East Fork of Lake Fork creek. You'll cross the creek a few times, but you can keep your feet dry by rock hopping.
As you closer you get to the Lake Fork Trailhead, you may see mountain bikers or hunters (if it is fall). The huckleberry picking on this trail has been great the past couple of years, most of the pickers stay within a mile of the Lake Fork Trailhead along Lake Fork Trail #339. At approximately 10.1 miles, you'll come to a trail junction (it's well signed). Continue straight to the Lake Fork Trailhead, 1.7 miles ahead (Lake Fork Trail #339). A left turn puts you on the trail to Anderson Lake (#103).
It's possible to make this a loop, but that requires running up Lick Creek Road. Parking a car at Lake Fork and getting a ride to the Snowslide trailhead is a much better option. There are no bathroom facilities at either trailhead.
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Land Manager: USFS - Payette National Forest Office