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Sheep Springs

This is a primitive backcountry site serving as the trailhead to the Crystal Lake Trail. There are three camp units with a vault toilet. The access road is aggregate surfaced but narrow, steep and rough.

Directions: About 54 miles southeast of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. 
US-90 east from Coeur d'Alene for 25 miles to the Cataldo exit (exit 40) then south on Latour Cr./Rochat Divide Road for 29 miles.


  • No fees 
  • No garbage collection– pack out trash 
  • Vault toilet 
  • Use season: June through September

Nearby Hiking

Crystal Lake Trail

This high elevation rugged backcountry trail provides foot access to Crystal Lake. It is dangerous and not suitable for motorized, equestrian or bicycling activities. Primitive camping developments are located at the trail head. Undeveloped camping is allowed at the lake.

Trailhead location: Sheep Springs Recreation Site


  • Elevation Change: 5,320-5440 feet 
  • Rating: Difficult 
  • 1.5 miles (one way) 
  • Natural dirt and rock 
  • Primitive camping

Crystal Lake Trail #2

This scenic rugged trail provides alternative access to Crystal Lake. Starting as a two-track jeep trail it climbs to a saddle and then descends to the lake. It is closed to motorized use and is not well suited for equestrian or bicycling activities.

Directions: About 55 miles southeast of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
US-90 east from Coeur d’Alene for 25 miles to the Cataldo exit (exit 40) then south on Latour Creek/Rochat Divide Road for 30 miles.

Trailhead Location: Rochat Road – one mile south of Sheep Springs


  • Elevation Change: 5,320-5690 feet 
  • Rating: Difficult 
  • 1.6 miles (one way)
  • Natural dirt and rock     

Crystal Lake Trail