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It’s like you’re in a Grimm’s Fairytale setting!!! Seriously, a must do!! Solitude, beauty, nature on steroids!! I loved every step and hated it to end!!

Most definitely ‘moderate’ — not ‘hard’. It’s all a steady gradual climb in beautiful forest: lots of shade, stream always close by, beautiful flowers and mushrooms. To me it was all about the journey up and less about the lakes at the end. I should say, lake views were tainted by recent/on-going wildfire smoke. Bottom line: if you’re in the area, DO IT! Totally worth a day of your life!!

hiking
3 days ago

Awesome hike. Make sure you don’t stop at the upper lake and make the extra hike up the ridge overlooking both lakes, the views are totally worth it.

If not for the length I’d say it’s a moderate trail, there are very few painfully steep sections and most of it is just a long gradual climb that isn’t bad on the knees. However, I definitely felt it in my legs afterwards so the Hard designation is probably accurate.

Not for the weak of heart.

hiking
7 days ago

Hiked to Rock Lake on August 6, 2018. First, the trail is not 2.7 miles - even one way. My GPS clocked it as 9.6 out and back, with a total elevation gain of 3,100 feet. This is from the gate on F-150A. The first three miles is an old mining road with a steady, gradual incline. The swampy area along the way is perfect for Moose. We believe we heard one but never saw it. And although we never saw a bear, there was enough fresh scat on the trail to keep us aware they were around.

The falls at the three-mile mark is beautiful. There is plenty of old mining equipment around. At this point, the trail makes a dramatic change. Just before you reach the falls, the trail makes a sneaky right, up the mountain. You'll probably pass it along the way. After you admire the falls for a bit, turn around, walk about 15 yards and the trail will be on your left.

For the next mile, you will switch back your way up 1,000 feet in elevation to the lake. I hike, often, so this wasn't hard for me, but those of us who weren't used to the climb had to take a few breaks.

The lake is beautiful. As you arrive, there are two camping spots. I crossed the creek and discovered a nice trail along the left side of the lake. I have read that there is a campsite on the other side of the lake, as well. The trail is not what I would call difficult. We had kids with us as young as ten and they did very well.

This is August, so the afternoons can be hot. I suggest that you start early. We were on the trail for 6.5 hours. That includes lunch and tooling around - five hours actually hiking. Bring bear spray and a little bug spray as well. Some of us got bit a couple of times. By the way, there was little if any smoke.

We did this as a day hike, but I could easily pack it in and stay two or three nights. There are several great peaks to explore and I have heard the fishing ain't bad, either. Me, I could take my Bible and my journal, have a seat on one of those rocks and be content for the day.

This hike was number 85 for me this year. It will certainly end up as one of my top 10 in 2018!

camping
13 days ago

So beautiful!
You get to hike by the stream and then you can swim just below a waterfall, and all on your way up!
Me and my friend camped for 1 night by the lake and it was so perfect! Plus tons of huckleberries to eat on your way up! We also got to see s mamma goat and her two babies!
would definitely recommend this trail!

hiking
15 days ago

This is a fairly easy hike. The river crossings and the overgrowth make it more difficult than it needs to be. There is a nice campsite next to a waterfall about 2 1/2 miles in. The lake itself is beautiful. It was so clear, I could see the fish swimming in it. It took my daughter and I about three hours to hike to the lake and 2 1/2 hours to get back to the parking lot. I think this app underestimates the distance. It’s more like 13 miles total.

hiking
22 days ago

About half way up there is a gorgeous waterfall. I thought kids could do the hike to the falls, after that the trail gets more difficult with uneven rockiness, switchbacks and cliffs. The views from the falls to the lake are stunning and there were lots of huckleberries to pick along the way and plenty of shade for rest. The lake is cold and a welcome reward at the top. We didn’t hike up and around the lake, but next time I want to. We had a big group and didn’t see any bears, but we were told it’s grizzly country by the lady at the nearby gas station.

backpacking
27 days ago

I went with my two Labs on an overnight. The weather was dry with temps in the upper 80's. The trail is an old road for the first 3 miles or so. The last section is a trail with switchbacks to the lake. There was plenty of water on this trip between springs, wet meadows and creeks. Perfect for dogs on a hot day. Just before the trail to the lake is an old mine site and a gorgeous waterfall. We reached the lake in late afternoon. The lake is a long one with steep walls of rock surrounding it. There is a campground at the foot of the lake that is capable of supporting 4 - 5 tents. It is the only campsite on the lake. We set up our tent and had a nice leisurely evening. The next morning we took a trip around to the head of the lake on the west side. This entails crossing the creek. I did not find it until our return but if you follow the creek down a little way there is a log jam so you can cross with dry feet. The social trail goes to the head of the lake and through St. Paul pass to St. Paul lake to the North. We did not go all the way to the pass but the trail is navigable. The day was hot enough that I wanted to get down the hot switchbacks before temps really ramped up for the day. I saw a mountain goat, and some dippers at the lake. There were quite a few fish jumping in the water. This would make a very good day hike. It was a fun trip. I'd do it again.

backpacking
1 month ago

This was my second time up to granite lake. I’m so grateful this place isn’t well know yet.

It can be a bit tricky getting there with the river crossings but it is truly one of the most beautiful Alpine Lakes in the entire Northwest.

If anyone gets the chance to bring a machete the last mile is covered in overgrowth.

Have fun!!

Great trail, perfect for the dogs. The lake at the end was more then we expected! Only one other group at the end, who were cooking their fresh caught trout over a fire. Loved it!

My favorite hike! The views are amazing.

backpacking
1 month ago

The trail is very nice. A little steep in some places but not bad at all. The views are wonderful once you reach the lake. If you're up for a good challenge, try and climb Hunt peak as well!

Such a breathtaking view! There is an awesome spot to camp by the falls if you want to make a slow trip of it! If you are brave you can jump in from a rock to a deep pool. Once you get to the lake, the views are ridiculous! We also saw three moose, so be ready to encounter wildlife:)

camping
1 month ago

Just got off the trail and absolutely loved it! The lakes are so beautiful and the hike up is honestly well tracked out. I would almost rate this as an moderate trail as there is really no steep sections and its just a slow gradual climb. Dont forget to bring bug spray! I didnt find the beginning of the trail bad but once you get to the lakes you get swarmed by mosquitoes!

There are a couple good campsites to choose from at both lakes. Definitely recommend doing this trail:)

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty steep to the ridge, but worth it for the views. The intersection where the trail splits for the peak and lake was a little hard to find due to the sign showing the same arrow to both and a bit of snow on the ground covering the trail, but we found it easily enough. We had great weather and the views were amazing at the peak. No terrible bugs and surprisingly not much sign of big game except deer tracks on the way out.

This was my first backpacking hike of the year. It was a bit of a challenge for me, (the last 2 miles). (I am old and out of shape. :) ). It was beautiful at the lake. There was still snow at the top. That made finding a spot for tents more difficult. Camped down by the waterfall. Falling asleep to the sound of rushing water was amazing . I am glad we went.

backpacking
1 month ago

This hike was a lot of fun. It is a gradual incline the whole way in, but my two ten year olds were able to do it with small packs on. There was still a lot of snow at the lake and the winds made it really chilly. However, we found a place to camp and had a great time. Memories were made!

backpacking
1 month ago

June - Late Spring/Early Summer

I’ve hiked to a quite a few places in the Selkirk mountains, and Fault Lake definitely provides some of the best to be offered.

The trail itself isn’t too difficult, like others have noted it is a steady incline for the majority of the hike. The last mile to the lake is a little steeper, but not too technical. There are several stream crossings, with the worst being at the trailhead and will require you to get your feet wet, so plan accordingly.

It can get a little difficult to follow the trail as you get closer to the lake, but there are a few cairns to assist in the more questionable areas.

The lake and surrounding area are beautiful even this time of year, but it was a bit colder and there was a lot of snow. The majority of the lake still had ice floating in it. All the snow made finding a campsite difficult, and even the site we did find was still wet on the ground.

We did also encounter a few ticks, but only on our dogs.

All and all a good lake, but I’d recommend maybe waiting until July for some of the snow to melt.

backpacking
2 months ago

The directions from AllTrails got me where I needed to be. The trail head is a little ways up the trail so dont worry there. There are 4 river crossings that are ambiguous on location. On the first crossing there is a spot that is marked with orange tape. (shout out to the orange rope, you helped) DO NOT CROSS THERE. About 30 yards down stream there is a log jam you can cross to not get wet. On the 3rd crossing, when you get across, the trail seems to either go up a wash out or continue along the river. TAKE THE WASHOUT UP. We ended up with about an extra mile after backtracking so much. It took almost 5 hours to get up and 3 hours to get down. There are many downed trees as of right now. There was a giant deadfall about 3/4 the way up that you need to walk up the downed tree to find the trail again. Once you get to the lake its SPECTACULAR. There are 4 or 5 camping spots along the lake. "A" peak is humbling. It was definitely worth the headache to get there. Bring bear spray or a firearm as we saw a black bear on the way.

hiking
2 months ago

Very beautiful trail and great scenic views! walking to the lake is worth it because of the views, not so much the lake. I recommend bringing extra shoes!

This hike was gnarly to say the least starts off with a gradual climb pretty open to tight thick forest crazy up and down you down climb much but it’s so up and down it will get you. I am not one to complain about bugs but holy crap found a deer tick on my wife. Some guys were clearing the logs saw 9 guys on dirt bikes which honestly was nice they spooked any animals that I didn’t want to see and were very friendly. If you hike deff go early to beat some of the bugs. The directions to the trail from all trails is wrong take the right at the end of the directions not all way to it but at the sign. And you will see the trail head. The views were breathtaking when you get to the top. This made all the bugs the crazy small technical trail that would dramatically go up and down worth it. It was a kick to watch the guys on the dirt bikes because it was a crazy trail to walk on let alone ride on. Keetos to them. Three stars because the crazy bugs everywhere and the trail was never like a flat walkable trail. If I really don’t like someone this is the trail I would take them on haha.

This was a tough but rewarding hike. The views are stunning. The mosquitoes were plentiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Favorite hike ever.

hiking
10 months ago

Scenic once you gain some elevation and break out of the forest. Not overgrown now. A couple nice camp sites and a Bear box.

We climbed to the saddle and around with the idea of heading to Hunt Peak. There's no trail, of course, and the terrain makes it slow going. Cat II & III on the back side of the left horn of the saddle. Fun but we had a late start from the TH so we turned back before the ridge. Maybe another time.

Creek was flowing.

backpacking
10 months ago

We visited Engle Lake after making the summit of Engle Peak. The summit is 1 mile from the intersection with the trail to the lake. My GPS showed 700+ feet of descent to the lake and 1,000 up to the peak. I was hauling a 35lb pack so this trail made me perspire a bit.

backpacking
10 months ago

My GPS recorded our journey on this trail (#924) at 10.06 miles from the Mckay Creek Rd. TH to the lake campsite. A demanding 20 miles round trip. The NFS sign at the TH claims it's 9 miles to Wanless Lake.

The first 2.35 miles will have your heart pumping and then the slope moderates from that point to about the 4 mile mark. From there to Goat Peak and the Ntl Forest boundary for Kanisku and Kootenai (6.6 miles) the trail slope and features are varied. With a 35lb pack and snow coming into play at 5200 ft, reaching a depth of ~6" at 6400 ft, JoRayne and I were on the trail for 7.5 hrs. About an hour of that time was for breaks.

Once we arrived at Goat Peak we considered climbing the rocky monster but the snow covered slope, mostly boulders and loose rock, would have made the attempt for the summit treacherous so we pushed on toward Wanless Lake.

We wandered down the snow covered trail to the upper lake and beyond; along the way seeing various animal paw (cat and Bear) and hoof (Moose and deer) prints in the snow. A bear also left its partially digested meal on the trail for us to see...croiky! One enormous windfall tree blocked the trail just short of the camp sites.

The lake was calm and the surrounding mountains make you feel really small. We had the place to ourselves and the night was peaceful and dry.

**We did not have access to water until we dropped into the canyon from Goat Peak ridge.

backpacking
10 months ago

Great first back packing trip! Beautiful views at the top, hard climb but great trail!

backpacking
10 months ago

By far my fav. The 6.3 mile hike in was difficult for me but so worth it to see the view. You can also take a day hike from fault to hunt lake. It was a little long but very pretty.

hiking
10 months ago

Engle Lake Trail (#926) and Engle Peak Trail (#932) are two different routes to essentially the same choice of destinations. About a mile away from the lake or the peak, the trail forks, and one can choose to go up the peak or down into the lake. This said, both routes involve lots of elevation gain, so be prepared for a lot of steep trail.

To get to either Engle Peak or Engle Lake, you will have to do a bit of clambering over rocky patches. (Keep this in mind, if you are considering bringing your horse up. You can make it most the way up, but one would be ill-advised to try to take their horse across the rocks, and to the end.)

Much of this trail involves switch backs through pine forest. The initial views are marginal, but the views at the last few miles of the hike are well worth the effort. The alpine valley, in which Engle Lake is situated, is stunningly beautiful.

I'm not sure I would rate this trail, "Moderate". It whipped me soundly, and had me hobbling home for a hot bath.

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