This will be the crowing event for The Clearwater Trekkers’ 2021 summer season! The last time we made it out to Heart Lake along the Smith Ridge Trail was in 2016. It was one of our best outings, and we all agreed that one night was simply not enough.
So this time, our plan is to hike 7.25 miles out to Heart Lake in the Mallard Larkins Pioneer Area on Friday, spend Saturday day hiking to Mallard Peak (3.25 miles from Heart Lake), and then returning to the Smith Ridge Saddle on Sunday. Of course, you could also just spend Saturday fishing in Heart Lake if you have a fishing license!
While this hike is definitely doable, it is NOT an easy hike. We will meet up at the Orofino City Park at 7:00 AM and carpool/caravan to the Smith Ridge Saddle up above Isabella Landing. Our goal is to be at the trailhead by 9:30 AM.
Day hikers are welcome to join us on Friday! Hike out, do lunch with us on the trail, and then head back.