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Flat Horn Lake

2.0 M EASY

LENGTH 2.0 miles

TIME 1:00

DIFFICULTY Easy

ROUTE-FINDING Easy

MAPS & PERMITS The U.S. Forest Service provides a hiking sheet for this trail. Check with the district ranger’s office in Tofte. USGS quad: Mitawan Lake. No permit is required.

GETTING THERE Take Country Highway 1 west from Isabella for about 6 miles and turn right on U.S. Forest Road 177. Go 0.8 mile and turn left into the Flat Horn Lake Recreation Area just after crossing the Little Isabella River. The trailhead is at the parking lot for the picnic area and swimming beach.

TRAILHEAD GPS 47c 39′ 26.7 N 91° 27′ 26.3′ W

Flat Horn Lake is one of several lakes along the course of the Little Isabella River. The Flat Horn is a small lake, offering a short 2 mile hike over fairly level terrain. White birches, aspens, and balsam firs predominate in the surrounding forest, with scattered jack and white pines. There are many jack pines in the picnic and swimming area, and a stand of tall red and white pines at the east end of the lake. You’ll see spruce in the soggy wetlands. White cedars help delineate other moist spots around the lake.

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