Revett Lake

Located in the heart of North Idaho’s Gold Rush country, Revett Lake is a popular weekend destination for campers and anglers. The shortest route is only about 3 miles roundtrip, traversing extensive talus slopes and crossing a frolicking small creek, shaded on and off by the typical coniferous canopy. 

Location Coeur d’Alene Mountains
Rating 3.0 out of 5
Difficulty Moderate (some uphill hiking)
Distance 6.7 miles
Duration 2:09 hours moving time (hiking)
Elevation Gain 976 feet
High Point 5,725 feet (Revett Lake)
Low Point 4,830 feet (Trailhead)
Trail Type Out-and-back
Trailbed Packed dirt, loose rocks, talus
Water Revett Lake and Cascade Gulch
Status Unprotected
Administration Coeur d’Alene National Forest
Conditions Excellent. Circumnavigating the lake is a bit challenging.
Permits None required
Camping There are several campsites at the lake. A better one, and secluded, is at the far end of the lake. There is a vault toilet at the first trailhead.
Maps USGS Burke, Thompson Pass
Trailhead From I-90 take the Kingston exit (#43) and head north on FH9 about 23 miles, past Prichard, and turn slightly right, with FH9 turning into Prichard Creek Road. Continue for another 15 miles to the top of Thompson Pass. There is a large blacktopped parking lot. For the secondary trailhead continue on FR 266 (Revett Lake Road) for 1.25 miles until the road ends.

Google Directions (47.577172, -115.717064)

Season June – October
Squirrel Density Fabulous!
Features Lake, Waterfall
Distance From
  • Coeur d’Alene 67.7 miles
  • Lewiston 184.5 miles
  • Sandpoint 105.2 miles
  • Seattle 378.2 miles
  • Spokane 100.3 miles
Resources
Nearby Hikes
Date July 8, 2017

View northwest while crossing a talus slopeYou can chose to start this hike at Thompson Pass, hiking the first 1.25 miles on an easy forest road, or drive to the second trailhead if you don’t mind driving through the encroaching alder brush. Cars shouldn’t have any problems on the forest road, but the turnaround at the end is rather small and may not accommodate larger trailers. From the second trailhead, a single-track leads uphill into the forest and soon emerges onto an expansive open talus slope with views to the north and south. After crossing the talus, the trail continues southwestwards through a forested area to Cascade Gulch, a pretty creek surrounded by all kinds of verdure, especially ferns. The creek is easily traversed with the help of a few strategically placed rocks. Shortly after the crossing a well-beaten path heads off to the left to a small waterfall.

Ascending a flank of Granite PeakReturn to the main trail, which now turns northbound and ascends the east flank of Granite Peak, turning at a single switchback at the 2.5-mile mark (from Thompson Pass) and continues due south to the tree-ringed lake.

Revett Lake outletThere are campsites to the left and right side of the lake. In fact, when we got there at least five parties were setting up camp and a sixth prepared to occupy a space just vacated. Be ready for company if you camp at Revett Lake during the peak summer months!

A grassy campsite on a small peninsula at the south end of the lakeAn overgrown path leads around the lake, but in some spots turns into a bit of a bushwhack. Whoever endures, however, is well rewarded, for a pretty campsites awaits at the southwestern end of the lake where a gurgling brook empties into the lake. A small grass-covered peninsula pokes into the lake, complete with firering. A tent pad is at the ready beneath the cooling firs. Perfect!

There are two geocaches along the way, one halfway up, the other at the lake.

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Trailhead and vault toilet
Trailhead and vault toilet
FR #266
FR #266
Past the second trailhead the trail turns into single-track
Past the second trailhead the trail turns into single-track
View northwest while crossing a talus slope
View northwest while crossing a talus slope
Extensive talus slope
Extensive talus slope
Geocachers: Aslans Table; nuff said
Geocachers: Aslan’s Table; ’nuff said
Ferns surrounding Cascade Gulch
Ferns surrounding Cascade Gulch
Crossing Cascade Gulch is an easy rock-hop
Crossing Cascade Gulch is an easy rock-hop
A small waterfall just past Cascade Gulch
A small waterfall just past Cascade Gulch
Ascending a flank of Granite Peak
Ascending a flank of Granite Peak
A first glimpse of Revett Lake
A first glimpse of Revett Lake
Revett Lake in all its glory
Revett Lake in all its glory
Revett Lake outlet
Revett Lake outlet
View from the westside towards the outlet
View from the westside towards the outlet
Beargrass in bloom
Beargrass in bloom
Revett Lake, taken from the southwest corner
Revett Lake, taken from the southwest corner
Inlet
Inlet
A grassy campsite on a small peninsula at the south end of the lake
A grassy campsite on a small peninsula at the south end of the lake
Time for a swim!
Time for a swim!
Revett Lake, taken from the south end
Revett Lake, taken from the south end
View northeast across the Coeur dAlene Mountains
View northeast across the Coeur d’Alene Mountains
Pink: Revett Lake; Black: Blossom Lakes Loop
Pink: Revett Lake; Black: Blossom Lakes Loop

Alternate Routes

  • Start at the end of FR #266; this clips 2.5 miles off the roundtrip mileage. Circumnavigating the lake is about a mile. The bare minimum hike is 3 miles


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