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Hiked this trail on Sept.8th. the onset of Fall was beginning to appear. It was a little smokey but made for beautiful photos. This trail was rated as difficult and I somewhat agree with rating. Falls were gorgeous, Took the left fork and crossed the creek. My dog loved it. Clocked trail time at 6.5 hours to lake and back.

one of my favorite hikes so far! me and my partner and our 3 dogs hiked about 2.5 miles in until we got to a small waterfall. i really loved this trail because of the constant change of scenary. beautiful mountains on either side. as you walk you go through dense forested areas, boulders, a river and some sweet little wetlands with lush green grasses. we hiked back out during the sunset and it was beautiful! some small inclines but nothing crazy. a lot of rocks on parts of the trail so just watch your step. i wish i had time to hike a little further!

19 days ago

Lovely hike. We didn’t go all the way to the lake and this hike was easily 8.5 miles round trip. If you go to the lake add another 4 miles. I’m sure it’s worth it. Waterfalls and nice woods throughout. Enjoy!

Make sure to go past the first (and on this app, final destination) waterfall to second, very impressive waterfall 1/2 mile farther. Hike alternates between black rocks and forest. When you reach the bridge, look up to granite arch on top of the ridge. Nice mountain views.

Breath taking.

One of my all time favorites. Absolutely loved it!

Great hike different terrain makes it fun!!

Beautiful views. Great hike for the whole family!

backpacking
1 month ago

Great trip. The trail splits at about 2.8 miles or so. Guidebooks day to take the right fork. We did on the way out- limited shade switchbacks and rocky but beautiful. On the way back we took the other fork. This was super enjoyable and had two river crossings that were easy in low water. Lots of camp spots around the lake. Only two other camp groups. Caught some trout.
Did find the offshoot for the Lappi Lake hike and followed it for a few hundred yards until it disappeared. Would love to go on this if it were maintained.

backpacking
1 month ago

The trail to Bass Lake is wonderful and maintained. A few notes for those going to the lake/camping and considering going further:
1. The trail splits half way through - a high road that avoids the stream and a low road that crosses the stream. They are unmarked. Be aware if you have a party that gets stretched out as you could miss one another.
2. Soon after you get to the lake, trail maintenance stops. The camping spots are on the southwestern corner of the lake, so be careful on the unmaintained portion. The “trail” goes and stays high above the water pretty much until you get to the WSW part of the lake. After that you can follow the shore and find a camping spot. There are several.
3. For those considering going over unmaintained Bass Pass and down into the Kootenai drainage, I recommend against it. You could make it from the lake to the pass (truly little to no trail and a ton of deadfall) to then attempt the summit of Bass Peak, but further than that is extremely dangerous. There is no trail to follow and is a scramble across boulders, deadfall, down the creek, and thick trees and undergrowth. We came the opposite way and could have easily gotten stuck or seriously hurt. It took more than 8 hours to reach the lake from the Kootenai trail. We would have quickly turned back had we not been meeting someone at the lake. It took 2 of our hiking poles. Can’t emphasize this enough - don’t do it.

Super special!! Trail follows the creek most of the way. Extremely pleasant and scenic!! No steep drop-offs. — just easy pleasure. Enjoyed it so much that I hiked it two days in a row!

Tip: Spend the night a Blodget Campground at base. It’s free, small, and quiet! No water and you need to pack out what you pack in. Camp host, Chris, is a fascinating individual and has encyclopedic knowledge about nature and wildlife. Be sure to have a chat with him!!!

This is a beautiful hike. The creek is accessible in many spots. The trail is easy to moderate with a lot of up and down. There’s both shaded areas as well as sun. This is at the top of my list of favorites in the Bitterroot.

hiking
1 month ago

Great shaded walk along a beautiful stream loaded w brook trout. At 2mi there is a small man made pond w a fantastic view of the mountains.

Gorgeous hike with many vantage points to take in the incredible views along the way... and let your dog play in the water. Worth the extra time and effort to go to the falls 5 miles in!!

trail running
1 month ago

***July 14th, just late in posting. Awesome hike & run! I felt the trek through the first maybe 4-5 miles through the valley was a little stuffy. After that though in gaining elevation the views and terrain started opening up. The views of the lakes towards the top were incredible! And the scramble to the summit was pretty crazy but well worth it.

Awesome hike with beautiful views and impressive rock faces. There is a rock arch that can be spotted from the bridge about 3.5 miles out. We were a group of 6 including my 5.5 yr old and everyone enjoyed it. The last mile or so before the falls was beside a marshland and mosquitoes were thick; so definitely wear repellent.

hiking
1 month ago

For the ease of access and views it is an exceptional hike to the falls. Need to bring fishing pole next time.

For my first hike it was a amazing start . Make sure you have good shoes with plenty of traction , at one section you have to go thru a forest which is mostly made up of prickly evergreen trees . The view is amazing and totally worth the drive up . Not very much parking and kind of a narrow drive up .

After having done bear creek overlook this trail is not a super good view in comparison. An easy hike though for all ages young-elderly.

Beautiful hike, I was expecting a huge waterfall but supposedly as I was told after hiking this trail you have to off trail it to get to the falls over a rocky area. I have yet to go back and try this.

hiking
2 months ago

Keep going, it's beautiful all the way... don't rob yourself by cutting it short. Next trip we're making the connection from Bass Lake to Kootenai and heading back via Kootenai Creek!

Awesome! Just Awesome! Hiked up to the north lake stayed the night and saw Wolves in the morning then hiked out.

Great hike for the dog because water crosses the trail every couple of miles. The trail sign said 5 miles to falls and I'm inclined to believe it. Had to choose workout over enjoying the views because of the rocky nature of the trail and time constraints. Can't believe I've put this trail off. Much longer and challenging than the overlook trail, but much more enjoyable and satisfying.

Beautiful hike and nice trail. Does get a little rocky so you’ll need to watch your step. Breathe taking views.

Great hike, beautiful waterfalls, towering scenery overhead. A lot of bang for the buck here (and by buck I mean amount of hiking effort). The Bitterroots are extremely underrated as a hiking range.

hiking
2 months ago

It pains me to only give 3 stars, but here's why: The hike itself would rate 4 stars, with one caveat - instead of descending to Boulder Lake (which truly has massive swarms of mosquitoes), simply take the side trail to Boulder Point, which not only has a great view of the lake below, but also of the surrounding area. Unfortunately, the 18 miles that you have to drive on various dirt roads once you turn off from Rte 200 is a killer if you don't have a vehicle with high clearance, as well as nerves of iron, if not steel. I was driving a regular sedan - big mistake! The first 5-6 miles was OK, except for having to watch out for periodic potholes. After that, not only did the way get narrower and narrower (with long stretches where, if you happen to meet someone coming the other way (which I did), it's quite problematic how to get to a point where one vehicle can actually squeeze by the other without going off a cliff), but it also got quite rough, particularly the last 5 miles or so. I don't have much hair anyway, but what little I had was standing on end. In addition, the end point given in the "directions" tab is quite a ways short of the actual trail head. (Correct coordinates are 47.02817 -113.79993.) It took me well over 1.5 hours to cover the dirt road portion. And, of course, once you done the hike, you have to drive back!

Nice, scenic hike. The creek was running pretty good for mid July. We only went 1 mile up, but had our three young boys with us. Hope to come up again with my 11 year old so we can get further and maybe find a camping spot.

Did this hike in the afternoon after having done the Blodgett Canyon hike earlier in the day. Maybe that's why I think it a little tougher than the "easy" designation would indicate.

Great hike, particularly for a first day after flying in from New York. Not too strenuous, but still a good workout. Went all the way to the waterfalls, with marvellous views all along the way (and some tasty huckleberries to be found).

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