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hiking
16 hours ago

Hiked this trail over Labor Day 2018. Perfect day, 74 degrees and partly cloudy. About 2.5 miles to the waterfall/old mine which is a good place to break for lunch. Mild to moderate trail incline to this location. We continued to the lake and this is where the trail gets steeper, but the views on the way up and the lake are well worth the additional 2.5 miles.

Great hike. My gps says it’s closer to 7 mi. round trip. Always beautiful.

hiking
2 days ago

We hiked this in light rain. The leaves are started to turn their autumn colors. I'd say in another week or two, it should be full autumn at Rock Lake. By the way, the hike is just under 10 miles in and out.

hiking
2 days 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.

The hike itself is very beautiful and serene.

Potential to see Bears as we saw some scat on the trail as we hiked.

I would definitely recommend mud or hiking boots, as there are small streams that run through the trail at different spots. Bring a change of socks and proper footwear etc.

Very secluded when we went but there was one other car parked at the base.

Also its a rough ride to get to the trail, so be prepared for about 25 min of unpaved road.

Would definitely agree it's an experienced to moderate path.

backpacking
3 days ago

awesome hike!

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful hike with epic waterfalls!

hiking
4 days ago

My husband and I did this hike to see the Northrup homestead. Shortly after starting the hike we encountered a fork. The right fork is an old wagon road which is closed to accommodate nesting eagles for several months a year starting in November. The left fork looked to be the easier. The trail is generally exposed although at times we walked through cool forest. There are several stands of aspen on this trail. Perhaps 1/3 mile in, there is a muddy area about 15-20 feet that we slogged through. We could hear Northrup Creek to our left and eventually came to a bridge crossing the creek. Also at this point, we began to see meadows. Shortly after crossing the bridge, the trail was routed to the tail of the rock falls from the cliffs above. This made for unsteady footing but we manage to stay upright for the duration. As we walked along the edge of rock falls, the meadows opened up and were lovely. We arrived at the homestead which was our goal. Having read the Northrup family history, we both wanted to see their homestead and try to understand how they came to this barren part of the state and chose this site between the cliffs created by the Glacial Lake Missoula mega-flood. There is a house that is obviously of a later date than the settling of the homestead, so I'm guessing the original farmhouse is gone. There was what appeared to be a chicken house, an outbuilding that appeared to be a work building, and an outbuilding that was dilapidated. Behind the house, there was a tilting structure that we determined must have been a grain silo. Also behind the house is an old fence with a sad little bird house which was missing its roof. An apple tree still stands next to the house and had one lonely apple left on it. As we looked out over the meadows, we understood why they settled here. The creek was a water source for the meadows which produced fruits, vegetables, and flowers, which they carried to market. The views every step of this hike are simply spectacular! If you want to continue to Northrup Lake, the trail continues past the chicken house and the lake is a little over a mile further. I highly recommend this hike.

5 days ago

This was a beautiful and unexpected hike! You could even wade through the water a bit to get over to a cool picnic/camping area. Still quite a few bees but a nice and challenging hike!

on Lone Lake Trail

hiking
8 days ago

Great trail! My friend & I day hiked in with our dogs. The colors are so beautiful right now. the hike starts off with a decent incline and levels off to a big open valley before a final smaller incline up to the lake. There's an option to hike to the upper lake as well. There is also a waterfall about 1.5 miles in if you go off the beaten path. Nice Idaho gem.

Great hike with a neat view at the end and along the way. The road up there is pretty typical Idaho backcountry road with a lot of little rocks. There is zero logging truck damage to the road and it is almost entirely flat. It is just bumpy and gravel with a few spots that you need to be paying attention. This is a little far to get to but makes a great day hike.

9 days ago

Good hike. The kids, dog and I had fun.

10 days ago

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

Beautiful hike! Very well maintained trail. Very peaceful. Cedar Grove was a nice rest point. I always try to select trails with water near by for my dog to cool off. This is perfect with a stream running along the trail. I will definitely be going back in the next week or two. No parking fee right now as it is the off season for the lake goers. Best I've hiked in awhile.

hiking
10 days ago

A sublime autumn hike! Had the trail to ourselves and relished the stunning views. Previous reviewers referenced downed trees across the trail but we encountered none (evidence of recently cut trees; thx USFS). An excellent workout. Still a few wasps and of course I was stung but that didn't detract from the trail's beauty. My only complaint is the abundance of trash on the beach. Utterly disappointing that people would leave this otherwise pristine place with their mess.

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.

hiking
14 days ago

I am affiliated with a group that hikes or snowshoes on a weekly basis year round. Today, my wife and I checked out access roads to this hike. Our group planned to hike this trail on Friday. There are two ways to get to the trailhead. One is to head south from I-90 Exit 40 at Cataldo onto LeTour Road onto FR 613. This is a 20 mile trek on a dusty, dirt road. Ten miles from the trailhead, the road narrows to one lane. There is a significant amount of logging in the area and logging trucks have seriously damaged the road. Pretty much all the way up, on one side of the road there are drop offs for several hundred feet. If someone got too close to the edge and left the road it would be certain death. The road had several large rocks on it causing for a very bumpy ride. Logging trucks have left large ruts in the road. The second way to get to the trailhead is to go south on Hwy 3 from I-90 towards St Marie’s to Reeds Creek Road. Turn left and travel east for 14 miles. Turn left on Rashad Road and travel 10 miles up to the trailhead. This saves you ten miles of rough road but this road was essentially in the same condition as the other one. Further, much of this road is clay so if it’s wet (raining) the road would become very slippery. We did arrive at the trailhead and it was beautiful but we concluded that the risk was not worth the gain. We decided to hike somewhere else.

backpacking
15 days 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.

15 days ago

Fantastic hike. Certainly a tad sketchy in places. At the waterfall look for the arrow pointing up what amounts to a very steep rock slide. Go slow and watch your footing. Bear sign was on the trail so be prepared with some spray and make noise. The lake was wonderful and I could have spent all day just sitting there. I would do it again!

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

16 days ago

Beautiful easy trail with occasional views. Loved it!

hiking
16 days ago

Three of us and a dog hiked to the lake in the late afternoon and had a great hike with lots of shade. Arriving at the lake we found only one fairly level spot to put a small tent. We dropped packs and boiled some lake water. I set off with the dog to scout around the lake for a more level spot to pitch a tent. On the opposite side I did find a level spot just big enough to put two small 2 person tents side by side. We did not see anyone on the trail on the way and had the lake to ourselves all night. The wind was really crazy all night long. Did not have any trouble with bugs near the lake at all. Was awakened by my dog growling at something outside the tent. I made some noise and calmed the dog down and went back to sleep......no further problems. Don't know what it was, but it left. Hiked out in the 8 am time and encountered 2 separate hikers on the trail out. Hiking boots that FIT CORRECTLY are a MUST on this trail or the toes will take a beating on the decent out. This was another great hike to an alpine lake I highly recommend. We went on Labor Day weekend and still had the lake to ourselves all night!

Did this hike with my Corgi early in the morning with no issues, really nice hike with lots to look at. The lake was awesome I wish I would have brought a lunch to spend more time there. Bring good shoes for the trail, it has some rigid rocks. Passed a few groups on my way out. Will probably do again!

I thought this was a great little hike! We went on labor day. My husband and I brought our almost three year old- who insisted on hiking a good portion of the trail, and our 16 month old. It was a good distance, we were tired by the time we got to the lake but it really wasn't bad at all especially considering I was wearing a chunky baby! There were a few areas with water over the trail but not bad at all- we didn't get wet or muddy.

We drove all the way to the trailhead but the road was definitely rough. Follow the directions, go past the chairlift on the backside of lookout, up a really rocky area, you'll see a sign for st. Regis lakes, cross over a little stream and its a short drive to the trailhead.

Overall, it was a lovely little hike. Wish we could have made it to the upper lake but we got a bit of a late start. There were a few little camping spots but like others have said, there's not a ton of room around the lake.

backpacking
19 days ago

This trip starts high up on a mountain. If you enjoy a lung buster uphill grade in a full pack this trip is for you. My two Labs and I did an overnight there a couple of nights ago. The weather was beautiful sunny and in the low 70's. As I said the trail starts for the first mile going pretty much straight up. Once you reach the ridge things ease up. you follow a ridge for the next section. The trail weaves back and forth over the ridge giving you views of the Kootenai valley way below and next you are looking into the Cabinets and down at Engle Lake if that is your destination. I had intended to go and spend the night and get up the next morning to explore the Peak which has a trail to the top. But when I got to the lake I found huge patches of unpicked Huckleberries so I had to pick abou13 cups. But getting back to the trail. you follow the ridge and all of a sudden it drops off the side of the mountain going down towards the Kootenay valley. Don't dispear as I did. This will get you to the lake you just have to drop off that side of the mountain to cut through a boulder field. Once you go back up the other side the trail to the lake awaits. It is a steep drop of 3/4 mile down to the lake. It is a pretty lake. Lots of fish were jumping. There are two nice campgrounds on either side of the outlet we camped o the far side it is more level. take plenty of water as there is none along the way. I'm going back again this week to get more huckleberries.

hiking
19 days ago

If you are afraid of heights like me, this is not the hike for you. After the waterfall there are some really sketchy areas in the trail and one area that is very dangerous to pass. I almost turned back at this point because I couldn't see a way to the other side and I was paralyzed by fear. Thankfully, my hiking partner coached me through this section on the way up and down. I am glad that I ditched my pack and worked through my fear, because the lake was beautiful. However, I will never do this hike again.

hiking
20 days ago

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

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