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Pets allowed
Yes
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
3.60 mi (5.79 km)
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While it is possible to get to Yellow Belly Lake from the Pettit Lake/Tin Cup Trailhead (See Farley or Alice Lake adventures), it makes little sense to hike up and over the moraine that divides the two large lakes when the more appealing trail follows the Yellow Belly outlet. Additionally, the view from the east shore of the lake is better. There is a road that accesses the west shore of Yellow Belly, but it is very rocky, slow, and tedious.

Yellow Belly Lake

Yellow Belly is one of five large moraine-bound lakes nestled in the eastern foothills of the Sawtooth Mountains. Unlike the others (Stanley, Redfish, Pettit and Alturas), Yellow Belly is not accessible by a well-maintained road. Thick forest grows right to a shoreline void of Forest Service campgrounds, day-use areas, boat launches, or crowded beaches. The short and nearly flat trail to the eastern shore is a great option for families who want to try backpacking with young kids.  The long peninsula and cove on the northeast corner of the lake is a great area for exploration.

Additional Adventures

The Yellow Belly Trail continues upstream to McDonald, Farley, and Toxaway lakes.

Mountain Biking

The loop from the Yellow Belly Trailhead connecting with trail 041 over to Pettit Lake and back around on road 365 is a fun and easy mountain bike ride (6.6 miles with 747 feet of elevation gain).  The ride is great for beginners and can be ridden in either direction from the Yellow Belly or Pettit Lake side.

Reference: All content excerpted from Exploring the Sawtooths - A Comprehensive Guide by Idaho River Publications.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Short hike. Good for kids. Trailside cascade.

Cons

Few views. Monotonous lodgepole forest. Motorized use.

Trailhead Elevation

6,940.00 ft (2,115.31 m)

Net Elevation Gain

182.00 ft (55.47 m)

Address

Forest Rd 365
Lowman, ID 83637
United States

Features

Backcountry camping
Waterfalls
Fishing

Suitable for

Biking
Horseback

Location

Field Guide + Map

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