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I had to turn around a couple miles from the trail, too much snow and even with a Jeep pretty dangerous, almost slid off the trail a couple times haha. But the views on the logging road on the way up were gorgeous and I would recommend the drive up, as safely as possible til you have to turn around

Fun trail close to town. It's pretty steep, but the scenery at the top is nice. Some bouldering near the old lookout tower is a nice change of pace

I absolutely love the beginning of the hike, the way the trees fall over the straights like an abandoned blvd in a movie. The hike itself Seel little direct sunlight and that keeps temps perfect. Did a quick hike this November with the intent of camping but limited spaces available, would have gone to the upper lake but friends backed out. Will try again!

21 days ago

Hiked 2 days ago. A few inches of snow was on trail for the last mile or so to the summit. I had yak trax just in case but didn’t need them The rest had icy spots & frost. No problem getting to trailhead or driving on Forest road with my Honda CR-V. Chilco is one of my favorite trails in the area!

This was the best trail/hike I have done in a long time! absolutely beautiful!! the fall colors, waterfalls, and the lake at the end was breathtaking!!

This is my favorite local hike. There are many options for distances and it is not crowded. The trails are well maintained and beautiful views.

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1 month 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.

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1 month 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.

Well groomed trails, beautiful view of the mountains and ridges.

1 month ago

10/27 - no snow on the trail or surrounding peaks. Well maintained and no obstructions on main route. Circumnavigation of the lake is possible but not well marked; steep, muddy and poor footing in places. The drive out through Murray and along the river was beautiful. Plan enough time for breakfast at Snake Pit or lunch and beers in Wallace.

Very steep hike and the trail is well maintained. The top section thru the shale rock is challenging but rewarded with an unobstructed 360 view at the top.

Great for training with a weighted pack. Not to far, great elevation gain and well maintained trail!!!

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1 month 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.

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike, the Tamaracks are splendidly golden this time of year and the view of lake Pend Orielle from the summit is spectacular. That being said, I cannot overstate the fact that this hike is RELENTLESSLY UPHILL. There are very few spots where the path levels out and those moments are few and far between, so for that reason alone I would bump this up from moderate to hard. I’m in pretty decent shape and it was a struggle, definitely a thigh-burner!

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1 month ago

Nice area with plenty of parking. The start of the trailhead was well marked but about a half mile into the hike we came to a clear landing. There was a logging road on our right side and a poorly marked path straight ahead. The actual trail is straight ahead (not on the right side where the logging road is). We ended up turning around because the trail was overgrown and hard to follow. If you do go on this trail, just make sure to follow the map AllTrails provides and not go on the logging road like we accidentally did.
Still made for a beautiful fall day and still worth while.

Beautiful hike with lots of color changes in the trees

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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!

Good hike. Snow on the trail but ends at a beautiful lake.

2 months ago

Did this last Saturday. Could not believe there was snow on the trail. Beautiful hike. Great reflections on the lake

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2 months ago

October - Early Fall

Lone Lake offers easy access to some beautiful views of a lower alpine lake.

Much like Stevens Lake, what makes this lake appealing is it’s location. Near the freeway and requiring only about 5 minutes of mild service road driving makes this a great hike for people that aren’t equipped to hit more treacherous mountain roads.

The trail itself is relatively easy, about 2.5 miles to the lake, and the elevation gain isn’t too steep. Should be able to reach the lake in about an hour and a half.

I wouldn’t recommend backpacking for this lake. We only saw one decent campsite around the entire lake. Definitely stick to Stevens lake for that.

Finding the trail can be a little difficult however. We were actually stopped by a group informing us that we were going the wrong way, and that they hiked 2 or more miles without finding the lake. On further investigation, the trail listed on AllTrails starts on a road, and then exits onto a more abandoned looking ATV trail, before the actual trail is marked and starts. The only marking to indicate it is the trail is a small little sign that reads “Trail” that isn’t completely visible from the road.

Aside from that, would definitely recommend this one.

I love trails that end in water. climb the Rock!

Steeper than I expected. One for people who like the stair machines at the gym. But not too long. Beautiful Autumn colors. Beware of the three "ankle turner" rock fields near the top. First about 150 meters in length, the other two shorter. Forget looking at the scenery when traversing these rock fields. You have to watch where you step. Trail easy to follow, even through the rocks. Yesterday was cold and drizzly, so the summit was in the clouds, therefore, no views.

2 months ago

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.

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2 months ago

Good hike. Nice views of the river and the leaves changing colors.

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2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

Great Hike! We had the 4 year old in tow and he made it with no problems. Little breezy.

The view wow

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2 months ago

This is a gorgeous trail and my favorite for bringing new hikers or backpackers to. The scenery is great with lots of visual changes throughout.

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2 months ago

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

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