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completed 8/15. Longer and harder than you would expect. pretty when you get there, but I don't know why anyone would do this hike unless they are going to the core enchantments, which is where the real magic is. gave it 4 stars because it was the perfect base camp.

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike. moderate is a fair rating based on a regular hiker. Good elevation gain but short distance. Good payoff for moderate effort. Both lower and and upper seemed to have nice campsites. No snow as of 10/24. Noticed the time changed to Mountain on our phones between lower and upper. Bringing the fishing pole next year.

hiking
19 days ago

Moderate wouldn't be the best way to describe this hike. There is a lot of different terrain which keeps it fun but theres a large area of rocky terrain that can be challenging to walk up (even though there is a slight path created) especially after fast incline with shakey legs! it is beautiful but bring spikes just in case anytime after October as it can get icy on a very narrow trail just at the top. One of the most beautiful and serene hikes I've done. Dogs should be leashed ALWAYS but on this trail we saw some un leashed dogs and it could be very dangerous for even well behaved pups.

To hike uphill almost 1400m and all the way back down requires a good effort of your knees. It took me about 9h30m to do the whole trek in and out (including some stops for pictures and snacks). The time could have been closer to 9hs if my wife hadn't hurt her knees on three way down. This might be redundant, but keep track of your water, energy and legs. There's a few places that allows you to refill your water along the trail. The landscape is wonderful and the arrival at both lakes is revigorating. Go for it with lots of energy and don't give up on the switchback. Just go on without hurry.

hiking
25 days ago

We backpacked in and camped at Upper Stevens Lake. Their were a couple very nice camping sites at both lakes. I would not consider myself an avid hiker and it was challenging but the moderate was accurate due to the short distance. I would highly recommend and on my top five places I've hiked.

This is a great trail. Easy directions to drive to the trailhead. Bathroom there. Plenty of parking. However...I would not consider it MODERATE. Any trail that you traverse a large rock shale slide should be hard. And should be mentioned. People hiking with dogs need to know this as well. There are also a lot of large root steps. I found this hike challenging and would definitely do it again but for my companion who does not hike a lot, it was not enjoyable. Beautiful lake at the top and gorgeous tamaracks in yellow right now.

hiking
27 days ago

A great destination for an overnight trip.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous views but you have to work for it! The fall colors are in full effect & we were surprised to be greeted by snow along certain sections of the trail.

The start of the trail is quite steep & definitely gets your heart pumping & calves burning. The scenery is beautiful & the lake at the end is worth the work. Certain parts of the trail weren't marked as well as others but there were several groups of hikers so we followed the footprints in the snow higher up.

Wonderful day hike!

I parked my car in front of the guide board facing the road because the parking was under construction.
The trail was covered by snow more than I expected. Although crampons or snowshoes were not necessary, I recommend using poles. I did not see any footprint other than animals on the snow.
The gold color of larch and white of snow were so beautiful but the view from the summit was not so good because of trees.

hiking
1 month ago

Pros: Longer hike for those looking for a challenge, gradual incline, breathtaking rock surrounding the lake
Cons: can be tiring, many spots on upper trail and by lake are un protected, not very many potential campsites
I did an overnight trip here in early Oct 2018. I carried a full backpacking load up the (7 miles) trail to the lake. I did pretty well pace wise until the last 1.5 miles or so, when the incline increased a bit and the altitude became more of a factor. That being said, I was blown away by the scenery, especially the rock formations, surrounding this lake. Definitely in my top 3 for North Idaho alpine lake scenery. The first half of the trail is goes through lush forest, and in the fall, is awash in yellows and reds. As a backpacker, I recognized the scarcity of potential camp sites by the lake, and while I was alone this time, I would attempt to arrive at the lake early in peak season. The lake shore is rather unprotected, and there aren't that many options for gathering deadfall for firewood. At 14 miles round trip, this trail is not for the endurance challenged, though it is achievable with proper pacing. Some of the creeks that you cross on the way up may be dry in Summer, so bring water. Overall, I highly recommend this trail for fit hikers.
At one point the road advises "high clearance vehicles only" , however this is only partially true. A cautious driver could get a van or some similar vehicle to the trailhead, in my opinion

Hiked to upper Stevens and stayed the night. The trail to the lake was well traveled and was a lot of fun to hike. The autumn colors were amazing, the mountains were red at the top and yellow and orange plants near the trail. The waterfall this time of year was barely a trickle, but it was still neat to see the large granite formations and crevasses where the waterfall was.

Camping at the lake was fun, but got below freezing and was very windy all night. We even had snow falling in the morning which was actually a treat. There are about four good camping spots at lower Stevens and a couple at upper.

I would recommend the hike for anyone who likes short hikes up hill and great mountain views.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful colors! Beautiful lakes!! You must go soon!!

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked to Upper Stevens Lake today. The autumn colors are here! Get up there, before they are gone!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Lots of terrain change and scenery was unbelievably colorful. Reg. Repeat

Beautiful hike w the fall colors- lots of changing terrain keeps it interesting. Ate lunch at small sandy beach looking out over the lake. Loved this hike will definitely do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike with epic waterfalls!

2 months ago

Slightly aggressive if you go off the main to save some time. Lower lake is clear and cold with nice views.

hiking
2 months ago

This is an ambitious day hike but better than colchuck after 5 miles in. Also don’t need to drive that dreaded dirt road. Must dedicate all day. Two lakes and in between had stunning beauty. Also saw a deer, goats, and even a brown bear all right along trail.

Could not find the trailhead from these directions. Trails and roads are poorly marked (ie. not marked at all) in this area. Searched for over an hour and couldn't be sure of where to start.

backpacking
2 months ago

Did this trail as an overnight. Saw a few other hikers and Hunters. Everyone was very polite and had great trail etiquette.
The hike itself is a constant incline so if anyone you are going with isn't in decent shape it will be strenuous and potentially slow going. The views are totally worth it a highly recommend. There is a bear box provided which was very appreciated. At the lake there are limited options for pitching a tent so get there first if it's a popular weekend.

2 months ago

Great hike! I would say this is on the harder side of moderate. But worth the uphill climb.

What a great hike! We hiked to the falls and camped last night. The trail was in good shape.

trail running
2 months ago

Steady grade up. Take a dip in the river at the bottom.

what a beautiful hike! will definitely be going again...maybe when the weather is warmer so we can take a dip in the lake.

2 months ago

Great trail, moderate hike but long

hiking
2 months ago

Very pretty lake and nice trail leading up to it, much of it near/along the creek. It is quite steep so it will definitely get the blood pumping. We didn’t spend much time exploring at the lake, but there were multiple camping spots that all looked pretty good right when you arrive. We saw some folks at the far end of the lower lake swimming and I think camping too. There were still a few pockets of snow nestled in some of surrounding peaks and this was early August. All in all, great hike to a cute little lake. We did this Sunday early afternoon and the trail was well traveled. We ran into at least 6 other parties + we could see others already at the lake.

backpacking
2 months ago

great hike and very gradual elevation gain. there are excellent place to camp and the snow is pretty much gone. I would recommend a fly pole because there is plenty of good fishing.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Have hiked and mountain biked this trail multiple times. Beauty and condition of old growth forest is the highlight. Falls are nice, but high canopy, lush fern and devils club forest floor are incredible. Spotted a black bear cub, and kept the bear spray ready! Rarely see other parties on the trail.

We completed this trail yesterday and found it very enjoyable. It should be known that when looking at the elevation profile the steep incline / decline in the middle is not necessary to view the falls; it leads to an alternate access point. You could start there and only have a three mile hike to see the falls. However, it wasn't the falls that was the highlight of the trip for me. We left the car at 9:45 am, spent 45 minutes falls for lunch, then we're back at the car by 5:30.

hiking
3 months ago

Short, steep trail, valley filled with haze from forest fires, narrow train, good cardio workout

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