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Lake Dinah Trail #12

Intermediate
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A short out-and-back including two backcountry lakes.


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2.4

Miles

3.8

KM

89%

Runnable

6,731' 2,052 m

High

6,315' 1,925 m

Low

463' 141 m

Up

290' 88 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

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Features Birding · Fishing · Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

This is black bear, grizzly bear, and mountain lion territory- always carry bear spray!

Description

If you're willing to make the drive to reach the trailhead (it takes a bit), take this short trail from the trailhead at the banks of Lake Elsina. you'll traversse through a mature pine forest with a relatively dense, but low-growing, understory. Several meadows dot the trail as you ascend and provide some variation in scenery.

Mount Henry Trail #196 can be taken about one mile onto the trail, which traverses upward to the northeast. Eventually you'll arrive above Lake Dinah's southwest shores which can be viewed with a nice backdrop of the distant Swan Range beyond. There are multiple campsites at both Lake Elsina and Lake Dinah if you plan to stay overnight.

Lake Dinah has a self-sustaining rainbow trout population (last stocked in 1941) and Lake Elsina has a self-sustining westslope cutthroat trout population (last stocked 1953) for interested anglers.

Flora & Fauna

Small mammals, birds, deer, elk

Contacts

Shared By:

McCaide Wooten

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