FST-112, the Black Lake Road. This road is the primary access route into the southern Seven Devils. The road is maintained but high clearance vehicles are recommended. The road is narrow, steep and crosses three passes and steep slopes along the way. Due to its high elevation, it may not be free of snow until after the 4th of July.
To reach the road leave Council, Idaho take the paved Hornet Creek Road out of town. This road can be accessed at the 90 degree turn the US-95 makes downtown. This road becomes FS-002 and it is an exceptionally good highway. Just before Bear, Idaho (an unincorporated hamlet) there is a junction. (A left turn will keep you on FS-002 take you to Cuprum.) Google Maps will get you to Bear. In 2016, I found it’s directions wrong after Bear.
Keep straight on FS-105. The pavement ends and you will drive past the many trailers and shacks that make up Bear. Go slow or risk the wrath of the locals. You are 31.0 miles from Council. FS-105 is a good gravel road. After 4.9 miles there is a junction, keep left on the deteriorating FS-105. After another 1.8 miles you will reach a four way junction where there is an historic marker about a mail cabin and a sign pointing to Bear Lake. Turn right onto the Bear Lake Road, FS-112. It is 12.0 miles to Black Lake.
The Black Lake Road provides access to several trails that traverse the southern Seven Devils and also access to Smith Mountain and it’s fire lookout. At Black Lake there is a small campground whichh gets a lot of use. There is are a few unofficial camping spots before the lake off a left turn.
Trails accessible from the Black Lake Road.
See page 105 for information on the trails leaving from this road. I will update and expand trail information when I can. Additionally, there is access information on the pages for the peaks in this area.
Satan Lake Trail. Roughly 100 yards before Black Lake there is a short spur road on the right with parking space for one or two vehicles. On the downhill side of this spur road an unofficial trail drops down the hill. This trail leads to Satan Lake. Although not a maintained trail, it is relatively easy to follow.