Fall River Lake Trail

Difficulty
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Very Easy
Duration
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0.5h
Distance
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1.6 km
Elevation
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45 m
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A hike around a stunning crystalline lake? Yes, please! The Fall River Lake Trail is a wonderful adventure in the wilderness that hikers of all skill-levels will enjoy! Contrary to the name, you can enjoy this excursion year around, though the changing foliage in the fall does add a little je ne sais quoi.

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Route Description for Fall River Lake Trail

The Fall River Lake Hike is a wonderfully scenic short nature walk that hugs the shoreline of the Fall River Lake. This trail is very primitive so you may have to bushwhack and find your own path! Worse comes to worse, follow the lake’s edge the entirety of the way around! Additionally, the last section at the road to the trailhead is not paved and it is washed out in areas. A 4x4 vehicle with ground clearance should have no issue but drive the road at your own risk. If you don’t feel comfortable driving all the way to the trailhead, park alongside the paved area and walk in. If you have a permit, grab your fishing rod! The Fall River Lake is a popular fishing destination.

Embark on your hike around the Fall River Lake Trail from the trailhead at the end of Rainbow Road. The loop can be completed from either direction, but we recommend heading counterclockwise. From the road take the trail east and begin walking along the eastern shoreline. Hike along the path as it mildly undulates and crests the north ridge of the lake. As you walk you will eventually intersect with Fall River. Maintain along the path as best you can as you begin to curve southwest.

Track along the shoreline and you will be able to see Chinns Lake in the west when there is a break in the trees.Continue along the route until it veers east again, guiding you back to your car.

Getting to the Fall River Lake Trail Trailhead

The Fall River Lake Trail is located at the end of Rainbow Road in the James Peak Wilderness.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Dispersed Camping at Designated Spots around the Lake

  • When to do

    April-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Poor

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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