Roman Nose Lakes

MODERATE 18 reviews
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Roman Nose Lakes is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bonners Ferry, ID that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and fishing and is accessible from May until October.

4.5 miles 975 feet Out & Back

camping

fishing

hiking

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
1 month ago

As of 11 October 2016, Roman Nose Lakes has snow on the ground. Road conditions most of the way were acceptable. The hike beyond the lower lake was through the snow.

backpacking
1 month ago

little overpopulated for me, but great views and a hike that's not too difficult.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a quality hike with a decent amount of uphill. Once you get to the lake there are several trails that go around. This is a great place to go and explore. The huckleberry picking is not bad just have to go off the beaten trail. The fishing is the lake is poor, small trout if anything.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail head for this hike is a considerable drive over forest service roads. Unless there is snow on the ground, it should be accessible by most vehicles. The trail head is a bit complicated to find. I would advise studying and printing out maps. (You are not likely to have any internet connection where you are going!)

This area is going right to the top of my favorite places to hike. I spent an entire day here at the end of September 2016. The colors and scents of autumn are magnificent. The Roman Nose Lakes area has hiking for all levels of hikers. The walk to the lower lake is very easy. It could be accomplished by small children, the elderly or infirm, or even someone in a wheelchair. There is a good parking area and rest room facilities at the trail head.

The hike to the middle and upper lakes is a bit more challenging. It has some moderate inclines, and is quite rocky in some places. The trails between the lakes are a bit of a labyrinth. The signs have all fallen down, so it is advisable to study a map of the area or carry a map with you, so as to avoid any confusion.

There are two routes to take to the upper and middle lakes, one is a shorter and direct route. There is also a more scenic route which climbs along the ridge above the lower lake. Both routes are very beautiful and worth the time to hike. I visited all three lakes, explored numerous diversionary routes, and took both main trails in the same day. My total hiking distance was just over 9 miles. One could easily spend several days hiking and exploring the area.

backpacking
5 months ago

Nice subalpine location with three lakes and rugged peaks. You can drive to the first lake and there are car campsites available. Upper two lakes are a 1 hour or less hike with little climbing. Trail is well worn but markers have fallen off for the upper lake turn off. When you see the a trail break off to the right and go down, that's the route to the upper lakes. If you continue straight you'll just end up on the back half of the scenic loop. Upper lake is only spot with backpacking campsites. It was full on a Saturday night with over 15 people at the lake. In early July the lower end of the lake was muddy and those campsites were undesirable. Plenty of mosquitoes so bring bug juice. Caught a few small brook trout, but they were cautious. You can scramble the boulder fields up to the peak in a little over an hour for a great view.

5 months ago

Loved this trail, but it was confusing finding it. Added directions in the photo section as the directions provided are out dated. Once on trail the upper lake was not well marked so be sure to take the first right after scenic loop split otherwise you will complete the loop before you realize it!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views! We hiked from the trail head to Lower Roman Lake. A couple of downed trees across the trail. We then hiked from the Lower Lake to Upper Roman Lake. We heard and smelled a bear at the T to head to upper lake. There are still a couple of snow patches to cross. The area at the end of the marsh bridge is still flooded. We didn't see any other hikers on the trail.

6 months ago

One of our favorite hikes however the road to the parking lot is impassable right now, with approx. 3 feet of snow. We used a winch to get through part of it with our truck only to find more deeper snow around the corner. You can park and walk in from there, we are thinking it's about half a mile from the parking lot.

camping
1 year ago

This is a great hike. Lots to see in a short hike. Trail junctions are not marked very well. Good camping at upper lake.

hiking
1 year ago

Nice trail not to bad steep the first bit but not to hard. Very smoky this week it was clear on the next Saturday if you like rocky views its beautiful

birding
1 year ago

This trail was very fun. About an hour of Forrest service road driving to the trailhead. You hike 2 miles at a decent incline then each of the upper lakes is .5 miles in from the y. Well maintained but has some loose and shifting rock. Easy for hikers but if you're not so nimble it may not be right for you.

hiking
1 year ago

Beautiful area, just be sure and take the appropriate road for your vehicle. We went up the 417/402/1007/2667 route and my Scion XD did fine. The hike is easy and gorgeous!

2 years ago

Great hike for young kids. Just don't let google route you. You don't want to go up ruby creek road, unless you are taking an atv,.

camping
2 years ago

One of my favorite camping places. 3 lakes are a long 18 mile drive on a gravel, washboard road, but it's worth it. Upper lake is my favorite. Easy hike about 2.5 miles from trailhead. The upper lake sits at the bottom of a 900' cliff that used to have an old fire lookout tower on top. It blew over about 10 years ago. The peak is Roman Nose. Lots of wildlife around and fairly good fishing. Lake is stocked with Cutthroat trout. Tough climb up the boulder field on the side of the cliff to the top of Roman Nose but the views are awesome. The edge of the cliff from the top is a shear drop off so be careful.

hiking
4 years ago

Beautiful lakes in high country. Muddy and snowy on part of the trail, especially upper lake in early July. The saw a moose at the middle lake. Long drive on a dirt road to get there, but worth the trip.

hiking
5 years ago

Easy access to a set of sub-alpine lakes. You can drive to the largest of the three lakes and it's just a short hike to the other two. It has been years since I've been to the lower lake, but the trail to the upper lake climbs the ridge behind Roman Nose Lake #3 and goes through the old Sundance Burn. As you approach the upper lake, it can be a bit muddy, but the Forest Service has been putting in bridges and walkways. Also as you approach the upper lake, you will enter the timber again. Very nice set of lakes although it can be really crowded.

fishing
6 years ago

it was a easy trail going to hike up into higher mountain lakes in a few days. go in the evening when the wind dies down for fishing we came off the trail and the fish were biting we'll know next time. had a good day taking pictures.

hiking
6 years ago

A quick fix of alpine backcountry can be found north of Sandpoint,Idaho in the Kaniksu National Forest.Roman Nose Lakes offer incredible views,hillsides covered in wildflowers and maybe a catch or two of high mountain trout.Upper Roman Nose Lake is the reason the area's name becomes apparent;the peak overlooking the lake looks like nothing so much as a prominent schnozz.