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One of the most amazing hikes I’ve done in Idaho. Worth the climb!

Beautiful but brutal hike. Trail was well maintained and the views were spectacular. Lots of goats at the top that didn’t try to approach us but were definitely not afraid of humans. Can’t wait to do the hike again. There’s a small campsite toward the top just before the push to the peak that we might try to stay at next time.

hiking
3 days ago

This lake is absolutely beautiful and secluded. The hike there was really tough though. There are little to no switch backs and almost the entire way there you are hiking up at a steep incline. The entire hike to the lake is up, which means the hike back down was a breeze. We were the only ones at the lake. We swam and did catch and release trout fishing. Caught just over 20 trout, mostly cutthroat, all under 12 inches, but still fun for catch and release.

Hazy day and not one goat was seen, but still an amazing hike. One lone pika at the top that peaked out to say hello. Heard a bear grunting on our way down, probably about a mile from the trail head, but didnt stick around long enough to see if we could see him. All in all it was a great hike.

At the beginning, I was selfishly bummed knowing the smoke would ruin our view, and it was no fun breathing it in the first half of the incline. But obviously I got over it! This hike is amazing! About half way up, a medium size black bear was sitting in the middle of the trail. He seemed very inconvenienced that we arrived and quickly waddled off and down the mountain side. We waited there a while to make sure there wasn’t another one. The hike is hard, the top is incredible and the mountain goats... are too used to humans :( 3 adults with 1 babe. Take your pictures and continue on your way. What an experience!!

It’s a great trail. Very consistent incline for 4 miles. Trail was in great shape. We saw goat fur! Very smoky so no view

Drove two hours, and let me tell you it was worth it!

Absolutely beautiful hike! Make sure to follow road markers 65 and not Google maps. There is some pretty intense elevation gain but some beautiful lookout points on the way up. Well worth the hike!

Please please please be careful if you hike off-road here. We have had way too many casualties here in the last few years from people swimming next to the falls or getting too close to cliffs. Bringing dogs or small children is not a good idea because the trail is so steep in some spots.

All of that said, the best time to come is Spring because the falls are still full, and the hikes are gorgeous. I do three different locations: hike out to where you can stand above the falls, hike along the walls of the canyon, and hike down to the water. The trail down to the water is very worn. It gets extremely hot here, so multiple water bottles is a must. Also, parking is by check or cash only unless you have a Discover pass.

hiking
8 days ago

This hike took almost exactly 4 hours up and 2.5 hours down.
Going up took what felt like forever. We just had to remember that we had to go through the forest, then the meadow, and finally up the scramble to the peak. We never saw any large animals until the scramble where we saw 2 mountain goats. We did see lots of deer tracks though.
Right after we passed the mountain goats sign, we saw a large maintain goat and it’s baby! We made our way to the top and ate lunch.
Going down was hard on the feet and the knees but it didn’t take as long.
Lots of nice views along the trail and at the peak. You can see all the way from the lake to Montana at the top of the mountain.
This hike IS HARD but if you take your time and enjoy the views, it will be worth it. Good luck!

We definitely underestimated this trail. It was pretty hard but the top makes it well worth it! My 9 year old hiked this the whole way. My 3 year old hiked about 4 miles of it. He could probably do the whole thing if we hadn’t gotten there at nap time. It took us about 5 hours to get to the top and 2.5 down.

The drive up the trail is beautiful. Unfortunately we were unable to do the hike though. Be aware that the grizzly bear territory caution sign that you see driving up is very prevalent. A baby grizzly ran across the forest road about 20 yards ahead of us so we turned around and headed out as to not wait for the mom who I’m sure wasn’t far behind! Bummed we couldn’t do the hike, but wasn’t about to take any chances! Be careful!

hiking
16 days ago

BH

Beautiful hike, we hiking from the Road our odometers read around 5 miles each way. most of the way its shady, and even on a hot day like it was yesterday it was very pleasant and breezy. highly recommend it, the lake is fuller this year than last year, and there was no place to sit by the lake.

Beautiful hike up to Snow Lake. The hike wasnt too difficult but was fairly long and time consuming. We encountered a few hikers on the way up but otherwise had the lake to ourselves.

Beautiful view at the top. We were able to see several goats towards the peak. The hike was relatively difficult but do-able and well worth it!

hiking
17 days ago

Very steep trail, but well worth it. Will do again.

beautiful

My husband, my 2 boys, ages 13 and 7, and I hiked to Bottleneck on Saturday July 21,2018. I was pleasantly surprised that the trail was quite easy with very few, if any, steep pitches. I had to rest a few times about 1/2 way through in the middle section. But otherwise it was very moderate. It took aprox 2 hours up and 1 hour down. It’s 3 miles to Bottleneck, exactly, according to my fitmax watch.
The lake was quite charming. We liked the first camp spot off to the left. Very nice spot with open views of Lake. Fishing was mediocre. Huckleberries weren’t ripe yet.
I usually ride horse and have been to Snowlake that way a few years ago. That is a nice trail as well, with similar views.
I would recommend Bottleneck for afternoon hikers, families, horses, and mt bikes.

I would say this is a hard rating. Mostly straight uphill. We had the lake to ourselves which was great.

Two out of shape ladies with dogs made a two day trip . We spent the first night at Snow Lake. That was a climb, but absolutely worth it. So grateful for the lake as we didn’t have to pack as much water. We hiked to Bottleneck lake for the second night. I was not as impressed with the campsite. It was a shame to see all the broken glass, but my dog loved the easy access to the lake. Well worth the hike to see both lakes. The trails are easy to follow and work has been done by the forest service to angle the flow of water coming off the mountain. I am highly impressed and my dog and I will be back.

I only clocked 2 miles so perhaps I missed something. Beware of the wasp nest, the stinging nettle and SO MANY BUGS. Otherwise pretty trail. The creek was great for the pup and the water is ICE COLD. Nothing too spectacular to note though. Would be a great trail for kiddos!

hiking
23 days ago

Hiked August 2017.

Be prepared for some MASSIVE elevation gain. The switchbacks make it bearable but for the novice hiker be prepared...it's going to take you some time to reach the top. We decided to break at every switchback. The first couple miles lead you through dense forest and then you reach a clearing of what's called "the meadows." Here you will start dealing with the trail fading in and out of slate rock until it becomes a scramble the last half mile to the summit.

Take a moment to enjoy the views of the surrounding Scotchman Wilderness and Lake Pend Oreille in the distance.

A note to the wise...the mountain goats aren't only found at the summit. We started finding their fur right at the meadows and encountered a total of eight on our journey. Including a mother with her kid. Also please be respectful of these majestic creatures. This is THEIR territory you are intruding on. You are a guest in THEIR home. Do not approach them. Do not try to feed them. Do not let them lick you.

After over four hours of strenuous hiking my Dad, my dog and I made it to the summit. All the sweat, all the leg cramps, all of it was worth it at that moment.

Shout out to my Dad for accomplishing something he wasn't sure he could. And he KILLED that mountain. So did my little dog.

Mr. Scotchman....thank you for the challenge.

hiking
23 days ago

Don’t let the short distance fool you. This one’s a calf burner! Worth every calorie burned!

backpacking
24 days ago

The hike up was rough to go over all the big rocks with heavy packs on... especially with younger kids and knee injuries in the group. However, on the way down, we discovered there is a trail that is about 75% dirt flagged with red marking tape on the downhill side of the rock field. MUCH easier! It’s only the first few hundred yards from the parking lot that you can’t really avoid the rocks. The lake was awesome!!!

hiking
24 days ago

Two daughters (9yrs & 13yrs) accompanied us and with a moderate pace, mixed in with some sight seeing, took us a little over 2hrs to get to the lake from the road.

When you find the old “St. Regis Lake” sign, you’re halfway there. The last 1/4 mile of trail is a bit steep, but not impossible. On a hot day, the lake at the end of the trail is worth the hike.

Do not follow the directions here on the app. They take you about two miles from the trailhead. Websearch friends of scothman peak and the directions listed there from Clark fork are spot on.

This a gorgeous trail leading up to the lake. I went with a group who drove a 14 - passenger van up within about 1/4 mile of the trail head but the road is horrendous up there and almost impossible to drive on so most people park about an additional 1/2 mile or so away. The trail has a mix of trees and shade along with beautiful open meadows with wildflowers. Huckleberries weren't ripe yet but were abundant. The trail is very narrow with growth on both sides in many areas but relatively easy to hike. We also had to cross a few shallow little creeks but stayed mostly dry. Stop at Lookout pass for bathrooms as there aren't any available up there.

hiking
25 days ago

Great trail...a bit a a steep climb getting in but gorgeous all the way and a beautiful lake to swim in as your reward. Will definitely return!

on Stevens Lakes

hiking
1 month ago

Not the steepest trail I’ve ever done, but the way out is about 85% uphill. Most of the steepest parts are from about .25 to 1.25 miles into the hike. Saw multiple people hiking with their babies, so this clearly isn’t the hardest trail ever. Being pretty out of shape right now, though, the way out was pretty grueling for me.

The good news when you hit about the 1.25 mile mark is that the trail gets a lot less relentless from there (though there are a few steep spots the last third-mile before the lake; the bad news is that the trail markings almost disappear from about that point. I was convinced I was lost more than once as I eked my way through a meadow where the plants are growing over the trail, making it maybe a foot wide, crossed over some random logs in front of a waterfall, and hopped my way up a rock field. Once I reached the top of the rock field, the last third-mile of the trail was more straightforward.

The lake at the top is pretty cool, but I wouldn’t say it’s one of the top ten coolest things I’ve ever seen. I think I actually liked the uppermost waterfall more. There’s a very steep, narrow, treacherous little path down there that you can try if you want to be adventurous.

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