Howe Lake – 3.2mi / 5.1km
Howe Lake is really two separate lakes that are connected by a marshy channel. The trail takes you to the shore of the lower lake. While the trail does continue on for a bit, it only gives you distant views of the second lake.
Both lakes are nice places to find birds. Common loons are the reason the upper lake remains more protected, as the loons find the upper lake to be perfect for nesting. The trail is a mix of burned and unburned forest, and the chance to see all types of animals is ever present. You can also catch stunning views of the Livingston Range, such as Heavens Peak, filtered through the burned stands of trees.
Trailhead: The trail is clearly marked off the Inside North Fork Road between Fish Creek and Camas Creek. The trail can also be accessed in the spring via some tricky route finding across the short McGee Meadow access.
Elevation Gain/Loss: 300ft / 90m