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Another example of why it’s so easy to fall in love with the Cabinet Mountains!! Hiked the Geiger Lakes using trail #656 (Forest Service provides good local maps). This is a different trail than the one featured on AllTrail. I picked this one because TH was just a few miles from the outstanding Lake Creek Campground (huge sites, bear lockers, loads of privacy, remote, beautiful). MANY trails leading to and around the Geiger Lake area. Beautiful trails, primarily forested, cool in the summer, fairly well maintained, overgrown in some places. Numerous wildfires made the air Smokey and brown unfortunately. Still absolutely worth doing! Highly recommend this trail and others nearby! It is deep in both black bear and Grizzly country so don’t forget bear spray.

felt longer than it was. aside from steep downhill beginning, mostly gradual up and down. lots of timber, so no views from trail. fished, no luck. couple campsites & fire rings next to lake. pretty lake. would be good for a trail bike too.

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
6 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.

hiking
10 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
16 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!

walking
17 days ago

Great short day hike with a dog!

hiking
18 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.

backpacking
18 days ago

Great Hike! Lush greenery, started at 7pm just as it was raining.. decided to go for it.. took 2 hours to push it up there.. but it’s so worth it! One of my all time backpacking trips .

hiking
18 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.

19 days ago

Beautiful lake and there is a waterfall to stop at on the way up. Trail is fairly steep but well worth it!

hiking
25 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.

One of my favorite trails in the Great Burn! I love walking through the giant cedar groves. You’ll earn it as you climb to Hub Lake in the second mile - a good deal of incline. But lots of huckleberries if you time it right! Bugs were present at the lake but the breeze and some bug spray mostly kept them at bay. Don’t miss out on this one!

hiking
26 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.

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.

backpacking
1 month 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

Good hike with some neat waterfalls along the way. Pretty steep in some parts but overall not terrible. The upper lake (hub) is definitely worth the extra half mile up. Clear water lakes perfect for a quick dip. Over all enjoyable as a nice day hike.

backpacking
1 month ago

Scenic trail that wasn't hard even with an overnight pack. I shared the trail with elderly and children.

The skeeters at Hub Lake are thick and hungry; otherwise a great adventure.

Nice hike with the kids and dogs. The road in will make your butt pucker if your afraid of heights. Narrow with drop offs. Go slow.

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!!

My favorite hike! The views are amazing.

Beautiful day, waterfalls, lakes, good incline, shade and sun, couldnt have had a better hike today! Wandering around the lakes was worth adding the extra mileage! Mosquitos were terrible at Hub but great campsites! This is now one of my favs!!

hiking
1 month ago

Doable for experienced kids ages 7+, but there are some sketchy areas to cross, and the trail is very steep in sections. The view is totally worth it, and the water is refreshing! No fish were biting on our trip, but 3-4 groups climbing after us had their gear along also.

Out and back was about three hours, including 40 mins or so enjoying the view.

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:)

Road in is pretty good (adventure Prius did fine) and the lake is beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

Was a fun fairly easy hike . Some cool views of the little waterfall if you climb down a little ways . Lots of up and downs but not very steep. Not much parking but wasn’t too busy, ran into a couple people. Lots of dogs both on and off leash. Lots and lots of mosquitoes, bring bug spray! And finally once you get to the lake there is a nice little sitting area someone has made out of logs with a little fire pit if you’d like to have a picnic once you get there.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great hike, family friendly!

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

We took our three dogs on this hike. Our GPS measured 2.38 miles from the trailhead to the big rocks at the lake, so the total distance estimate is spot on. We averaged about 22 minute miles on the way out, which is primarily uphill. About .75 miles in on the trail is the log bridge you see in the photos. Our dogs had no trouble crossing. There are two other stream crossings that have rocks for step stones but are only a few inches deep. We crossed two groups on the way out. One had been fishing and caught some cutthroat. There is no real shoreline though so you have to fish from rocks or take waders. On the return trip the last half mile is straight uphill but not bad. I'd say the trail is overall easy with some moderate parts on the elevation sections. We saw some birds and skunk fur but no other animals. Great hike, well marked trailhead, room for at least 8 cars to park.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty steep on the way up, but every foot of this trail is beautiful and majestic! When you get to the lake, you will not be disappointed. And yes, there are fish up there!

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