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hiking
20 hours ago

Very well maintained trail with amazing views to reward you for the effort. 6 mile drive on forest service roads to get to trailhead.

Beautiful hike. Very long and very steep. The waterfall was tiny, but overall it was beautiful!!! Will definitely go on this hike again.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

One of favorite alpine lakes. It made for one epic snowshoe. Be prepared for technical shoeing, cold conditions and predators.

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

1 month 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!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked the loop counterclockwise. We much preferred this direction because it got the straight, steep section out of the way at the beginning. Even this early in the winter spikes were necessary on the section between the cabin and the cedar grove. Great hike -love doing this one every year.

Went in early November, it was wet but very doable. We did the whole loop. This time of year it wasn’t crowded at all, and it was really nice. I’d heard about this hike for years, but never went. I’m so glad that I finally did!!

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!!

My husband and I set out to hike a couple of miles, and ended up hiking the entire 8.7 miles. Beautiful day, nice maintained trail. Will definitely go again.

2 months 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Very well maintained trail and not too steep but better suited for mountain biking. The view is somewhat obstructed by trees and a very good workout. I would suggest Chilco for hiking and in close proximity.

My family and I have been to The Roman Lakes many times. The trails to the lakes are easy to hike to. The Upper Lake is definitely worth the hike, even to the far end and further up the mountain for a higher view. We have camped at the camp sites (3 sites + group site) no camp trailers allowed. Forestry rules state that you can pitch your tent 14 days at a time., even if it’s to hold your spot for a weekend. Fishing is not the best, but there’s easy access to the main lake for Kayaking. It’s a phenomenal place to watch meteor showers!

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

Hiked with my mom a couple weeks ago. She is 64 and in fantastic shape. It is more of a moderate-hard trail. Towards the top lots of large root steps and then long rocks to climb up. Little snow at the top was no problem. Great hike but minimal views due to thick trees. Overall for people who hike a lot, we agreed it’s more on the “hard” side.

hiking
2 months 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!

hiking
2 months ago

A great destination for an overnight trip.

hiking
2 months ago

October - Mid Fall

Roman Nose Lakes showcases what the Selkirk mountains have to offer but with easy access for those that aren’t prepared for more adventurous back country exploring.

Being able to drive directly to the lowest of lakes without any hiking is what makes this location popular. The first lake is also arguably the more beautiful (although I did not visit the middle lake). The other lakes are also within a few miles hiking distance, and it is fairly easy hiking to get to them.

If you’ve been to any other lakes in the Selkirks, you’ll know what to expect. Green and emerald lakes, with granite mountain backdrops.

I would advise caution if following the GPS coordinates provided by AllTrails. While they do lead directly to the trailhead, When coming from the south, mapping software might route you on heavily unmaintained roads. The main entrance to the lake seems to be Snow Creek Road.

Parking is large enough to fit several cars, and there is also a campground for those that want to spend the weekend there.

Love this hike! So beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views of Lake Pend Orielle. Best view I have ever seen.

hiking
2 months 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.

We loved this area and will definitely be back! There was a mama moose with two young, so we turned around and went the opposite way. Uphill for a lot of it, but fun and beautiful nonetheless.

hiking
3 months ago

We did a group hike on a beautiful day. The views go on forever and the alpine lakes were gorgeous. Tail was easy to moderate and easy to follow.

This was my first mountain trail. I probably bit off a little more than I should have as a novice, but I made it. It’s such a beautiful place and I highly recommend. I would think this should be listed as hard though. There are a lot of loose rocks and the trail was pretty hard, even some areas where you have to climb over some boulders. There’s a great view about a half mile down from the top, and the rest of the trail is pretty difficult. The lake at the top is really beautiful, just nestled in the mountain! Overall a great time and a worthwhile challenge.

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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!

on Harrison Lake Trail

3 months ago

Slice of heaven.

This trail is about 9.6 starting from the liberty lake parking lot. It’s fairly flat except for about a mile with switch backs leading up to the cabin. The trail is very well groomed. If you’re going for the views, be aware there is really only one good ‘lookout’ type view, and no noticeable submit, just the cabin at the end of the trail. We did this trail early October, and the fall foliage was beautiful but overall I would describe this trail as anticlimactic.

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.

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