Bottleneck Lake and Snow Lake

MODERATE 5 reviews
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Bottleneck Lake and Snow Lake is a 10.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sandpoint, ID that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and fishing and is accessible from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

10.3 miles 2444 feet Out & Back

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1 month ago

Love the lake and the trail is awesome and long it's 5.3 miles in and 5.3 out to snow lake. Good fishing!

2 months ago

Great hike. Trailhead sign doesn't have much information on the actual trails. It felt like it was about 1.5 miles to the fork and the first sign saying the mileage. To the left is Snow Lake - 3 miles one way. The trail to Snow lake is a steady climb with huckleberries around the last 1 mile or so, just ripe this time of year. A pack mule train from the US Forest Service passed us just before the lake. They had been up on the trail and lake doing some trail maintenance and they did a great job! The lake was beautiful, with serval fish jumping. We came across 2 nice camp sites, there could be more, we didn't explore too much around the lake.

We were wanting to hike up the ridge to the west for some spectacular views and then descend down to Bottleneck Lake. When we tried to find a trail up, we were unsuccessful and it only seemed like you could bushwhack your way up. Being around 80 degrees and wearing shorts we were not excited to make a trail of our own. We headed back down the trail, then at the fork with the mileage sign, we took a right and went up to Bottleneck Lake 1.75 miles away. The trail is a little more of a climb then Snow Lake was. Along the way, we made more frequent stops for the huge Huckleberries! Shortly after we made it to the lake. There were fish jumping and we came across 1-2 camp sites. We looked for a way up to the ridge, but it looked hairy with no trail to follow and a lot of overgrowth. Bottleneck Peak was overlooking the lake. Hike out was nice because it was all downhill. Saw signs of a bear clawing at the mud on the trail. Saw some osprey flying around both lakes but no other sightings of wildlife. Both trails crossed several small creeks, great for dogs to get a drink and cool off. We did a total of 12.5 miles seeing both lakes. The description here says 7 miles out and back. This is roughly true for just going to Bottleneck Lake and back.

All and all, it was a nice hike! Wish we had more information on getting up to the ridge line. Will be back to try again in the future!

4 months ago

Beautiful hike with fun obstacles to cross, numerous streams and creeks. There was huge landslide about one mile from the trailhead. You can climb through it and easily find where the trail starts again. We tried to go to Snow Lake, about half mile from the trail marker indicating Snow or Bottleneck, we ran into Bottleneck creek. The trail has completely been washed away, and is impassable this time of year. We turned around and tried to go up to Bottleneck Lake. About a mile up trail we ran into the creek again and probably two feet of snow. Can't wait to go back later this summer to find these lakes!

3 years ago

Easy trail with little to offer until the lake. Just a gentle climb through the forest. Bottleneck Lake is another pretty alpine lake with a huge rock wall behind. We did not go to Snow Lake.

5 years ago

Trail follows old logging road. Junction to Bottleneck Lake is about 2 miles in. Trail to Bottleneck can be muddy. Bottleneck Lake has decent fishing. Small Brook Trout though. The trail from the Bottleneck Junction on up to Snow Lake is fairly easy..until the last 300 yards.. then it bumps up a bit. Both are nice alpine lakes. I like to turn this into a backpacking trip. This is grizzly bear country though, so pack bear spray.