Yellow Belly Lake via Pettit Lake Hike

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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2.5-3h
Distance
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8.2 km
Elevation
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297 m
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Yellow Belly Lake via Pettit Lake Hike

The Yellow Belly Lake via Pettit Lake Hike leads hikers to a hidden oasis in the forested foothills of the Sawtooth Mountains. Hike along the shoreline of not one but two shimmering pools and indulge in the sights of the distant snow-capped crests. This trek is worth adding to your bucket list!

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Route Description for Yellow Belly Lake via Pettit Lake Hike

Immerse yourself in the wilderness and reconnect with nature along the Yellow Belly Lake via Pettit Lake Hike. While this trail is short, it demands a steep ascent up to Yellow Belly Lake that will surely get your heart pumping! Bring plenty of water to stay hydrated, and wear a comfy pair of footwear. When hiking in the summer months, be sure to bring a swimsuit and towel as the waters will surely tempt you! Don’t forget your camera; the scenery is picture-perfect.

Setting out from the Pettit Creek Trailhead, the Yellow Belly Lake via Pettit Lake Hike travels westward, nearing the lakeshore. Soon after your departure, you will encounter an intersection, turn right here, and you will be diverted onto the Pettit Lake Cutoff. Beyond this point, the incline will intensify, demanding a steep ascent up a forested ridge up to a lovely little pond. Rest here before beginning the descent towards Yellow Belly Lake. Made more manageable with switchbacks, the trail will additionally deliver you to a junction near McDonald Lake.

Here, turn right on the Yellow Belly Lake Trail, which will lead you to the shoreline. Take off your shoes and rejuvenate your tired feet in the chilly alpine waters and admire the beauty of the mountainous landscape. When you are through exploring the lake, head back along the path the way you came to the trailhead.

Getting to the Yellow Belly Lake via Pettit Lake Hike Trailhead

The Yellow Belly Lake via Pettit Lake Hike departs from the Pettit Creek Trailhead off National Forest Development Road 208.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Dispersed Camping

  • When to do

    April-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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