One of the most popular destinations in the Selkirk Mountains, this hike features a stunningly beautiful alpine cirque cradling the lake and a basin ringed by granite cliffs and peaks
- Location: Selkirk Mountains
- Status: Roadless
- Distance: 4.6 miles round trip
- Elevation: 1,500 feet
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Maps: ICL Guide to the Sekirks; Kaniksu National Forest; or USGS The Wigwams
- More Information: 100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest; Trails of the Wild Selkirks: South of the Canadian Border
The trail follows an old logging road for a mile or so, then climbs through subalpine fir and spruce into the rocks. The Forest Service has cleared a few spots along the way that help provide excellent views of The Beehive, Bottleneck Peak and Roman Nose. Keep an eye out above the trail for glimpses of Harrison Peak's dramatic hooked summit - it raises its head to the north above a timbered ridge. Snow lingers a long time along the southern shore of the lake since it is protected by high-rise cliffs.
Campsites are scattered among gigantic boulders at the east end of the lake. This is a high-use area, and great caution needs to be exercised by every visitor in order to minimize human impacts to this fragile environment.Directions
Drive 13 miles north of Sandpoint on Highway 95 and turn west onto Pack River Road No. 231. Travel about 20.5 miles to the trailhead near the end of the road. It has a vault toilet. Directions to this trailhead are well signed in the Upper Pack River.
There is an alternate hike to Harrison Lake via Myrtle Creek Trail No. 6. The Myrtle Creek trail ties in with the Harrison Lake trail about a quarter mile from the lake. Off-trail hikers climb Harrison Peak (7,292 feet) from here or clamber cross-country to Little Harrison Lake and Upper Beehive Lake.