Lake Marie - Backpack and Hike near Island Park, Idaho
Sawtell Peak Rd, Island Park, ID 83429, USA,Island Park,Idaho
44.55414835601429, -111.44517973065376
9.7 miles N of Island Park, Idaho
Address: Sawtell Peak Rd, Island Park, ID 83429, USA
GPS: 44°33'14.9"N 111°26'42.6"W
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State: Idaho
Trail Length: 9.00 miles
Trail Type: Out & Back
Hike Difficulty: Beginner

Backpack and Hike

Lake Marie sits on the North slope of Mount Jefferson in Fremont County, Idaho. The trail to get there cuts back and forth across the Idaho Montana border 4 times. Much of the trail is fairly flat along the ridge of the Continental Divide with mild ups and downs going each way. When the ridge begins to ascend toward Mount Jefferson, the trail vears North as it works it way across Jefferson. You'll go down some switchbacks through the trees which is about the only real shade on the trail. Then you'll travel West through a meadow full of wildflowers of all colors. After the meadow, you'll follow along the rocky trail across the Northern slope until it does a sharp turn to go back East. From there, there are a couple of options but essentially, you just need to head North until you see Rock Creek and ultimately drop in to Lake Marie.

Once you reach the lake, there is a beautiful meadow. with the trickling rock creek coming into it and another small stream leading out of it. Because Lake Marie is so freshly fed by the snowmelt from Mount Jefferson, the size varies dramatically between spring and fall but one thing will be constant: the water is cold.

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From Island Park, Idaho

  1. Head north on US-20 E toward Forest Rd 139 (7.1 mi)
  2. Turn left onto Sawtelle Peak Rd
    Destination will be on the left
    (9.7 mi)
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endovereric

9/1/17 11:50 am
31 Aug 2017 "ATTENTION... CHARGING GRIZZLY BEAR NEAR ISLAND PARK. A hiker on the Lake Marie Trail south of Sawtell Peak near Island Park Idaho was charged twice by a grizzly bear. The hiker deployed bear spray and was able to safely get away from the bear. Hikers are warned to use caution if you go on this trail or avoid the trail for the next week or so to prevent another encounter with this bear. The bear could be defending cubs, or its food." https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=773079676187527&id=389421041220061
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endovereric

6/30/17 11:19 pm 6/27/15
This is a beautiful hike and a great one to run. I came up later than the rest of my group and had to catch up. The ups and downs were great. I'm not a real trail runner but it wasn't too bad to run the downs and walk the ups. It would have been great if I would have realized it was 4.5 miles in rather than the 2-3 that I thought it was. The lake was pretty muddy but still great. Rock Creek was pretty cool as was the outlet. I walked to the other side to look out the North end of the range. The forest North of the lake was actually really refreshing.
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Distance ?

4.2 miles

Elevation Gain ?

-303 feet

Real Ascent ?

902 feet

Real Descent ?

1,205 feet

Avg Grade (-1°)

-1%

Grade (-22° to 24°)

-40% to 45%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

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