Among all of Shoshone County and North Idaho, Lower Glidden Lake has
the highest elevation.
The lake is absolutely beautiful with heavily forested alpine mountains surrounding
the lake. Wildlife abound with brown
and black bear (Grizzlies as reported), Elk, Deer, Mountain Lions,
a variety of foul, etc. Rainbow and Brook Trout inhabit this lake.
Motors are not allowed on this lake, which I'm sure the wildlife
appreciate. There is a primitive boat launch. Hiking in this area is,
of course, spectacular.
To the south of this
lake is Upper Glidden Lake, which is smaller yet no less beautiful
of a place
to hike to, and is also said to be a good fishing lake. Camp sites
are mostly along its east shore, and there is a small trail along
the west shore with perhaps one area that would be a good camping area.
Fish and Game info indicates there is a restroom at this lake, but I
was unable to find it.
To view a map click on
and type in Wallace, Idaho.
Set the map on aerial view.
You will want to follow the directions here to locate it on the map. Directions:
Lower Glidden Lake is 12.4 miles from the I90 exit.
From I90 take Wallace exit 62 at the city
of Wallace, Idaho. Turn north onto Burke Can Creek Rd./NF 7623 (HWY 4),
and stay on it almost all the
way to the lake.
The road to this lake is partly paved and partly gravel. It is not
marked nor are there signs giving directions to the lake.
As you go up this road stay to the right as you will pass several Y's
in the road. Stay on the paved road until it ends at the power
station. The road is paved from the highway to the power station, even though
the pavement gets rough near its end. Along this road you will pass
an impressive old mining facility with large buildings.
road that goes to the lake passes right next to the power station
and follows the power lines. The road you turn on get to the lake
passes under the power lines. While on the gravel road you will pass
over 2 small bridges and another one once you turn onto the road to
the lake. The picture below is the view of the spot you will turn to
go to the lake. The turn point is not quite at the top of the saddle
between mountains. After the power station the road turns to gravel,
small boulders, with protruding rocks. This road is best suited only for
4x4 vehicles with good ground clearance. When I went up this
road the first time a 4x4 pick up turned around due to the rough
I would NOT travel on this road in Spring due to the unstable road
Once at the lake the road goes northeast around the east side of the
lake, which also takes you to the primitive launch.
Fish & Game maps/info indicate there is a restroom but
I was un-able to find one. This road will be
very hard on any car, and without four wheel drive you most likely
WILL get stuck. There are a couple deep ruts in the road. Do not drive in a car to this lake!
This is the place to turn right
to get to Lower Glidden Lake