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It was an easy hike to the waterfall, we backpacked our 2 year old son. The cave was awesome (you definitely need a good flashlight, your phone light doesn’t work very well). The waterfall was too crowded for my personal liking, but was pretty. You do have to trek through some water, and over rocks, but nothing too bad, there’s rocks in the water to step on so you don’t get your shoes wet. Overall, it was a fun short hike, we will probably go again, and take our 7 year old with this time. ( Forgot to review last summer )

Trail is still closed for the season.

Perfect little day hike. Lots to see along the way. In the fall the colors are amazing and it's not very crowded.

backpacking
5 months ago

My go-to spot for an easy adventure. The short hike to cliff lake is beautiful any time of year.

It’s not really an “Easy” hike, but fun! Beautiful and great for dogs!

Loved this hike. Did it a year ago. would recommend not hiking in to stay the night after September. We had snow, rain, hail and sleet. Spent a freezing night and woke up to 2 inches of frost on everything. At one point we smelled a bear while hiking in and had a huge bull moose in camp. Cute little lake, be prepared for moose and bear.

Hiked this trail Oct 12th, snowing all the way in & about a foot at the lake but it was open. So fun to hike in snow again. I agree with other reviewers....this should be rated moderate. Will come back in the summer!

Great trail, views and lakes that are seen vs the effort to get to them is unmatched in the area. Starting to have a little snow cover and we saw a bunch of small black bear tracks on the trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked on 10/7/17. Snow on all trails, but still easy to ID trails. Great views at both lower and upper lakes. Camped overnight at lower lake. Five established campsites, all with nice pads for tents. Four have only one pad -- one has three. This group site is located with lots of parking and vault toilet.
VERY well maintained trails -- obviously lots of work to prevent water erosion. Wood boardwalks at both upper and lower lakes -- nice touches.
Long drive -- figure at least an hour from Naples cutoff.

Great overnight backpacking trip! Took the wrong turn finding the trailhead but that was our falt. Awesome lakes surrounded by high granite peaks of the Selkirk Mountain Range.

If you're interested in this hike, I made a video of the trip and you can find it at: https://youtu.be/GjWZR1K1Fr4

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Incredible colors, fantastic atmosphere, dog friendly, and fun for all levels! Can't wait to go back :)

Very nice hike. I did it late in the day so the sun was preventing dramatic pictures of the mountains behind the lake. I would suggest doing this earlier in the day. I might increase the rating to 'moderate' though. It wasn't hard but was definitely more challenging than the Bear Creek Overlook trail which is rated 'moderate' on here.

Super mellow hike, get there in the morning for reflection pictures off the water!

I gave this a 5 just because we took a off the beaten path up to the top of the ridge for some outstanding views. It wasn't easy (recording) and not recommend for the beginner hiker its steep and a bit hairy in a couple spots. The main trail is in great shape and is a nice little hike with good views and three lake all in a few miles.

hiking
7 months ago

wonderful hike. 3 lakes for the price of 1. Slightly advanced to the upper lakes but still family friendly

hiking
7 months ago

Went this morning, we hit snow about a mile from the trailhead. Absolutely gorgeous, just weren't prepared for the cold this early. The trail was still easy to find even with the snow

Very easy hike for the 1.5 miles to Pyramid Lake. We had to turn around near the top of the switchbacks before Ball as the days are getting shorter. Spectacular views from these switchbacks and here the grade is moderate. Last mile to TH is rough. Don't need 4WD but low slung cars may lose an oil pan. Still had plump huckleberries despite bushes turning red for fall.

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty trail, moderate difficulty. Lake is beautiful and has great fishing. I take my out of town family here every visit.

The smoke from the forest fires is starting to clear up, so I drove over to Montana to check out this trail. It is a bit of a drive off of paved road, to get here - about 10 miles of gravel road, albeit well-maintained gravel road.

You get two lakes for the price of one, with this hike! The trailhead starts at Diamond Lake, which is a beautiful mountain lake. The trail to Cliff Lake has an upward incline all of the way, but nothing that should dissuade the average hiker. A sign on the trail said that the distance to Cliff lake is only one mile. My pedometer clocked closer to 1.5.

Cliff Lake is worth the visit, even without Diamond Lake as frosting on the cake. Make sure to hike around to the opposite end of the lake, to the foot of the cliff. The alpine meadows on that side, are lovely!

I did this in August and while a lot of the trail was just so-so, Cliff Lake made it all worth it. Make sure you take the trail all the way to the wetland meadow at the far end.

Super easy hike. Pet friendly. Not too hard on the knees. Cave was small and not too scary. Didn't see any bats. Views to cave are amazing! Signs with history and a great plus!

backpacking
7 months ago

We took our five year old on his first backpacking trip. Trail signs are non- existent, so bring a map with you. Great places to camp right along upper lake. We camped right where the trail meets the lake on the first night. After a short hike along the lake, we found a better spot, and moved there for the second night. I accidentally left my running shoes at our first site. When we went back the next morning, someone had taken them. Keep your gear in a secure place. This is a great place to hike in with little ones.

50 min from paved road to the trailhead. Well maintained gravel road (402, 1007). Definitely don't attempt 632 in a road vehicle. Lots of folks enjoying the trail on a Friday, parking was full and had to be creative to find a place to park. Trail map needed more descriptive distances and the trail needed better signage. It's easy to miss the trail that heads to the upper lakes. The lakes are stunning!! Trail is easy. Huckleberries plentiful.

I did 52 out and back for fear that 161 would be impassable or indistiinct requiring serious backtracking. Round trip to the summit of Pend Oreille was 10.4 mi. I found the first 3 mi of hike easy, next mi moderate, and remaining mile plus strenuous to brutal. No others or bears were seen this day. Huckleberries were plentiful and literally across the trail. Forest road is fine for all vehicles to the TH. Views from the ridge and summit were excellent despite smoke from fires in Canada. Many bridges along the trail are dilapidated and collapsing as maintenance is lacking in this area.

In, 3:15; out 3 hrs.

From the trail head you ascend moderately for approximately 2 miles before you reach some flats along the ridge before the steep descent to Trout Lake. Pushing on to Fisher requires more climbing, sometimes fairly steep, before you reach the bluff overlooking that lake. The trail down to Fisher Lake is quite steep but nothing treacherous.

I pitched camp at Fisher for the night. The weather was tame but I recommend you take some long pants and a sweatshirt because the breeze is rather chilly at that altitude in the evening and night time hours.

Hiked with 3year old and it was very manageable for him to hike. Some steep/rocky parts, and it took us about 1 hour to hike the 1.25 miles to Pyramid Lake. Want to return and camp!

on Moose Lake Loop

8 months ago

Very hard to get to trailhead. Approximately 16 miles on washboard rode. Trail is clean beautiful trees, lovely lake, you can make it a short 4 miles or add other hikes on.

This was an AWESOME experience!
Hike isn't too bad my 3 year old twins love it. Make sure you wear comfortable sturdy shoes that you don't mine getting wet, if you want to see the water fall.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike with a few steep parts, such as the climb out of the caves. The Kiddos will get a kick out of the caves

on Roman Nose Lakes

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome place! The trail is very easy to follow despite missing signage, and I can imagine people getting a little turned-around if they choose to get off the trail to get better views of the scenery. There's a good posted map at the trailhead to snap a picture of for navigation. Trail scenery was beautiful. Its an easy/gentile climb to the upper lake on a well-traveled path.

Saw a couple of whitetail bucks, several marmots, a very curious weasel, and plenty of squirrels.

My magnetic compass did NOT like the area and gave me bad indications. I am new to Northern Idaho, so this may be common local knowledge, I don't know. I actually had cell service on the upper lake but not during the drive west of Naples or for most of the trail.

The fishing was not great. Lots of really small brook trout. By 'small' I mean most are 3 inches. I fished the upper lake and the lake next to the trailhead. It was best in the morning and tapered off during the day.

Huckleberries were abundant and delicious! Some campers and swimmers on the upper lake. Few bugs but some biting flies if you stand still long enough. I've heard there are a lot of cougar sitings at Roman Nose so, as a cautious newb to Northern Idaho I carried bear spray and an airhorn. On a Friday there was just enough people traffic that I wasn't worried about lions and bears. Other hikers had canine hiking companions with them. I think the distance estimates I've read are too long: I hiked casually from the trailhead to the upper lake in 30 minutes.

I came for the fishing but will go back for the hiking, scenery, and wildlife viewing.

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