Horse Lake (Idaho), 2 October, 2022

Nine hikers took advantage of a beautiful fall day to hike the Sink Hollow trail to Horse Lake, Idaho: Alex, Teresa, Laurel and dog Zinnia, Brent L., Brent J., Joan, Jane P., Kamren, and Dave P. (leader).  After leaving the Beaver Mountain road we drove the SUVs about 0.4 mile up the Sink Hollow gravel and dirt road without too much difficulty and parked.

We followed the Sink Hollow ATV road and noted how different it looks without snow.  The two-track road facilitated conversation, which was fun but may have scared off wildlife.  We recall seeing only squirrels and chipmunks.  There was a small group of cows, about 6, near the trail.  The only other people we saw were three dirt bikers.  The young aspens coming up from the logged and burnt areas were glorious yellow and some had red tint.

We weren’t sure there would be water in Horse Lake, given the drought, but water appeared in the stream bed after entering Idaho and the lake was still several acres in size.  We stopped at some rocks next to the lake at 11 for an early lunch.   As we looked north across Gibson Basin we talked about other trails in the area that we seldom visit.

We headed back the way we came.  The trail is not long or steep, so we got back to the cars about 1:30. 

Trip Summary:
  • Nine hikers:  Alex, Teresa, Laurel and dog Zinnia, Brent L., Brent J., Joan, Jane P.,  Kamren, and Dave P. (leader).
  • Drove about 30 miles up Logan Canyon to the Sink Hollow road
  • Lunch about 11:00, back at the trailhead about 1:30
  • Sunny skies and comfortable temperatures
  • Hiked about 7.6 miles with 1130 feet of ascent and descent

Thanks to Dave P. for the narrative and photos, and Teresa for GPS data.

Horse Lake in Idaho's Gibson Basin

Inspecting the "cave" at the bottom of the sink 

On the Sink Hollow trail It looks like an ATV got stuck here

Our GPS track shows about 7.6 miles and 1130 feet of ascent.
You can look at our route using Google Earth or download our GPS file.