Find this large, beautiful mountain-ringed lake by following the paved Lake Como Road west from its junction with Hwy 93 about five miles north of Darby. Follow signs past the beach area to the campground and the Lake Como National Recreation Trail.
The trail passes through old-growth ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir for much of the seven-mile trip that circles the lake.
Expect typical forest birds such as Pileated Woodpecker, chickadees, nuthatches, kinglets, Western Tanager, Cassin’s Vireo, and Yellow-rumped Warbler. Near the head of the lake the trail bisects a 1988 fire that resulted in hundreds of snags that attract woodpeckers, Olive-sided Flycatchers, and Mountain Bluebirds. American Dippers nest above the bridge over Rock Creek at the head of the lake. Ospreys and Bald Eagles are possible.