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backpacking
2 months ago

Wonderful hike. Definitely doable in a single day. I spent a night there with my pup. Hiked in after sundown on a Friday, got hit with snow overnight, and hiked out on Saturday. Highly suggest staying overnight. Makes it a bit more relaxing and less of a training session. On my list to do again and again.

My family and I have been to The Roman Lakes many times. The trails to the lakes are easy to hike to. The Upper Lake is definitely worth the hike, even to the far end and further up the mountain for a higher view. We have camped at the camp sites (3 sites + group site) no camp trailers allowed. Forestry rules state that you can pitch your tent 14 days at a time., even if it’s to hold your spot for a weekend. Fishing is not the best, but there’s easy access to the main lake for Kayaking. It’s a phenomenal place to watch meteor showers!

hiking
2 months ago

October - Mid Fall

Roman Nose Lakes showcases what the Selkirk mountains have to offer but with easy access for those that aren’t prepared for more adventurous back country exploring.

Being able to drive directly to the lowest of lakes without any hiking is what makes this location popular. The first lake is also arguably the more beautiful (although I did not visit the middle lake). The other lakes are also within a few miles hiking distance, and it is fairly easy hiking to get to them.

If you’ve been to any other lakes in the Selkirks, you’ll know what to expect. Green and emerald lakes, with granite mountain backdrops.

I would advise caution if following the GPS coordinates provided by AllTrails. While they do lead directly to the trailhead, When coming from the south, mapping software might route you on heavily unmaintained roads. The main entrance to the lake seems to be Snow Creek Road.

Parking is large enough to fit several cars, and there is also a campground for those that want to spend the weekend there.

hiking
3 months ago

We did a group hike on a beautiful day. The views go on forever and the alpine lakes were gorgeous. Tail was easy to moderate and easy to follow.

Loved this trail and felt the only challenging part was crossing the mountainside boulder fields on the way up to Ball Lake. We saw wolf tracks near each of these alpine lakes. The only down side was the last few miles on the drive up. Road was pretty rocky and rutted.

Stunning views, straightforward hike. Getting to the trailhead was interesting with rocks sticking up everywhere.

3 months ago

AWESOME HIKE AND AMAZING FISHING! You may as well finish this hike by hiking into Ball and Pyramid Lakes.....you'll be glad you did ♡

backpacking
3 months ago

awesome hike!

4 months ago

Great little hike! The bridge from Naples is open now so you can go that way. It's pretty neat because there are three lakes and one of them is handicap accessible! Very pretty drive and it's a subalpine terrain once you get up there. LOTS of huckleberries. The road is really nice for being a dirt road I think any car could get up there.

Do not take the road from Naples, go through Bonner’s Ferry.

Awestruck by the beauty of the Selkirk Mountains. Great hike with stunning views around every new corner. You earn your dessert going down to Big Fisher Lake. Playing around the rocks at the end of the lake makes you feel like a little kid again.

hiking
4 months ago

Three beautiful lakes were the bonus, plus a few huckleberries, plus some bitter elderberries....

backpacking
4 months ago

Amazing!

Great hike with rewarding views!!!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trails around the lakes
Roads are a bit tough but doable in our minivan
Plan on an hour from Naples
Trails are in great shape and lots of huckleberries along the way

Well worth the drive from North Spokane

on Roman Nose Lakes

hiking
4 months ago

Such an amazing hike.

The road up to Roman Nose was too bad to make it to the top, so had to make a detour (thanks to Stan Peterson’s directions in another review); my sedan did make it, but I would recommend something with higher clearance. Absolutely beautiful area and one is my favorite hikes with spectacular views. Cairns lead the way once the trail gets lost in the rocks and the lakes are breathtaking. Near the trailhead on the way back, ran into a family that said they saw a bear a short ways a way and shortly after could hear it roaring nearby. Also, although it says no hunting, I do believe there were hunters getting ready to head out and did hear a few gunshots while hiking.

Loved this hike. The first 1.25 miles in to Pyramid Lake is really easy and the lake is gorgeous. Then you can hike up above it to Ball Lakes, and the view of Pyramid Lake on that trail is stunning. This part of the trail is steeper and pretty rocky. Ball Lakes look similar to Pyramid. I will definitely be back.

Amazing hike gorgeous views (even with all the smoke). Did some fishing at ball lake. would be a perfect fly fishing spot. Pyramid lake had some flat camp spots. would love to camp next time we go up.

Nice hike and was able to hike up to lower ball lake with a 1 year old and 2 month old. when we went there was a little bit of snow once we got past pyramid lake but it was easy to get by. it was a bit chilly, definitely not warm enough to jump in and swim though I can see how ball lake would be a great spot if the weather is right. saw a few backpackers that were hiking in to camp. looked like a lot of fun!!

This hike was amazing!!!!!!
I highly recommend this hike to anyone who wants to fish or hike two to 3miles. It was a beautiful trail. If you are looking for a good up hill trail, that is well worth walking, you just found it.

Very mellow hike with multiple lakes and beautiful views. Highly recommend

horseback riding
5 months ago

It’s a good trail but a bit tough. Your going to want an experienced horse if you are riding. Or be in shape if hiking. There is some ups and downs and both Trout Lake and Fisher Lake have steep, rocky pitches coming down into the lake, with amazing lake views.
There appeared to be a lot of fish jumping at Fisher Lake and that’s where we had our lunch, sitting on the rocks. Beautiful.
We rode in on July 28, 2018. A day trip only. I believe it’s about 5 miles to Fisher Lake.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. You have to hike up the logging road past the locked gate about 1.3 miles to the trailhead. Some downed trees over trail but easy to maneuver over. Still a lot of water running across the trail if you have dogs. Beautiful views. Bring bug spray!

scenic driving
5 months ago

I drove up to Roman Nose Lakes yesterday to scout it for an upcoming hike with a friend. The bridge closure is easily circumvented by going into Bonner's Ferry northbound on Highway 95 and turning left just before crossing the Kootenai River Bridge. The road goes through the old downtown section and then along the river, and finally crosses the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge. Ignore several signs saying that Snow Creek Bridge is closed, as you needn't cross it going this way. When you get to the mountainside on the refuge after crossing the flats, take a left onto a dirt road and go a couple of miles until you get to the closed bridge. Snow Creek Road goes up the hill at this point and you can drive all the way to the lakes. Smoke from fires in Washington was bad down in the valley, but thinned out up high.

Just spent a couple nights of camping in area and then hiked up to Hidden Lake from trial head. It was about 1 mile to the lake and it was beautiful. Easy hike. Would love to explore more next time and hike further! Well worth it!!! Such beautiful woods! Wasn’t too busy either for Sun-Tuesday.

backpacking
6 months ago

Gorgeous hike, amazing fishing, and a bazillion mosquitoes!

trail running
6 months ago

excellent running trail. Scenic and peaceful

6 months ago

Just a quick update on the road to Roman nose. Closed during construction on part of the way up. Until 8/2 the road by the animal conservation, just past the railroad tracks was blocked due to bridge work. Locals said there was a way to drive around to the back side but it could possibly have a gate across the road. We couldn't find it. Bummer...another day Roman nose!

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