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Lamb Peak - Coeur d'Alene Mtns, ID

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 6.26 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,033 feet
Elevation Gain 1,544 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,219 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4-5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 17.36
Interest Peak
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15  2021-10-07 LindaAnn
Author LindaAnn
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Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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No lambs but maybe a moose
by LindaAnn

Overview: Steep hike to Lamb Peak utilizing the Boundary Peak Trail.

Hike: There is a brown, faded sign for Boundary Peak Trail #325 on the left side of FS-422. The trail initially starts off as a two-track, but after about fifty feet, look to your left for a trail sign nailed to a tree and the trail turning sharply left and uphill. We had to step over some low vegetation from the two-track to the trail.

Once on the single track, the uphill starts immediately. There's a switchback at the start, then the trail stays atop the ridge and heads straight uphill. It is steep, but the footing is good. This trail does not seem to get much maintenance, but it is easy to follow. Unfortunately, there is a fair amount of deadfall, but none were difficult to get over or around.
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The first mile gains about 900', but mercifully the incline lessens after that. The hike becomes a pleasant, mildly uphill, walk along the spine of the ridge. In a few places, the trail becomes faint when negotiating deadfall, but staying atop the narrow ridge will quickly get you back on track. Views to the valleys on either side of the ridge are mostly obscured by trees, but you do get some nice glimpses here and there. The rounded, rolling Coeur d'Alene Mountains remind me slightly of the Smoky Mountains.

At about two miles, the trail steepens again, then a quarter mile later, turns almost ninety degrees towards the northwest, giving you some glimpses of Lamb Peak directly ahead of you. As you head northwest, you will drop about 200'. Losing that elevation is a bit disheartening since you know you will have to regain it on the hike back out. After the drop, the trail steeply switchbacks up the southeast slope of Lamb Peak, gaining nearly 500' in about a half-mile.

The summit of Lamb Peak is mostly devoid of trees, and the highpoint is an obvious cluster of rocks just to the right side of the trail. The rocks are sharp, but we were still able to find a place to sit. While the summit is clear of trees, they still surround you, but there are some good views to the south and west.

Lamb Peak sits at roughly the midway point of the Boundary Peak Trail, and those looking for a longer hike can continue on Boundary for another three miles, which includes Boundary Peak itself a mile farther west. But if Lamb Peak was your goal, you will retrace your steps back to the trailhead at this point. The hike back down goes quickly, other than regaining that one hill. The trail surface for the entire hike is good--soil and pine needles, which is easy on the knees. Other than deadfall, the only thing to watch out for is pine branches on the trail that like to roll out from under you. This was a nice hike with almost guaranteed solitude.

Drive: The drive out here is almost as nice as the hike. The roads are in great shape and the scenery is beautiful. FS-422 has a few rough spots, but nothing a sedan would have trouble with.

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2021-10-07 LindaAnn
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    The forest roads are in good shape and are accessible by just about any vehicle.

    From Coeur d'Alene, exit I-90 at Sherman Rd/Fernan Lake Rd. Head east for Fernan Lake Road, which follows the north side of Fernan Lake and turns into FS-268, which is paved.

    Take FS-268 up to Fernan Saddle, then curve left, staying on the paved road, onto FS-612. FS-612 is paved for a couple of miles, then turns to a graded dirt road. Continue east on FS-612 to FS-209, which is well signed.

    Turn right on FS-209 and take east for 5 miles to FS-422. FS-422 did not have a sign, but is immediately before a bridge marked 'Leiberg Creek'.

    Turn left on FS-422 and stay on it (about 12 miles) until you reach the sign for Boundary Peak Trail on the left side of the road. There is room for two vehicles to park on the right about 100' before the trailhead, and room for one vehicle on the left about 100' past the trailhead.

    You can also search for "Magee Historic Site" in either GoogleMaps or AppleMaps, both have these same directions. The trailhead is approx 1 mile before you reach Magee.
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