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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

Great hike for kids snow was Amazing and great sledding hill as well

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!

I live close, so I run this trail all the time. I wouldn't drive more than about 25 minutes to do it though. It's pretty easy to get disoriented in there if you're not familiar with the trails. It's rather overgrown in some places so running in shorts can be a bit uncomfortable. The horses have destroyed much of some portions of the trail. I don't understand why horses are allowed on the single track trails. They absolutely ruin the trail and it's soft and sandy and eroding in many places. But this is a big equestrian trail apparently. I would prefer the horses to stick to the roads! Otherwise it's real pretty in the woods with lots of different terrain and different views along the way.

22 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!

Nice maintained trail. Easy.

This walk started out with great trail markings but somehow got confusing. The blue trail crossed a street then the trail seemed to diminish. I turned around and followed orange and ended up at a private driveway.... then had to bushwhack to get back to the parking lot. not my best adventure

Already mentioned by other reviewers, but the trail isn’t marked very well & yes you must take 3 different trails to complete this loop. No cave obviously, but it was isolated enough if you want some solitude. Not much wildlife around this time of year, but saw a dead bird. :(

Good views of Fernan Lake, nice hike close to town

Pros: Accessible from Spokane, Protected area, Multi-Use trails
Cons: Entering the park requires a fee or pre-purchased pass, the scenery isnt that different than other free-access local areas, no large bodies of water to see or hike to
This is an area that I likely wont frequent that often, being an Idaho resident. I have driven through the park a few times and hiked there once. I started at trail 110 trailhead, and mostly ascended on 110 with brief time on neighboring trails as well. I enjoyed the hike, despite the bad weather , and I especially enjoyed the groves of mature cedars at the lower elevations, but the trail wasn't unique enough to really stick in my mind or prompt a return visit. I would likely come here far more often if I were a Spokane resident, but I have access to enough forest land in Idaho that I will go there instead, for the same , and often more spectacular, scenery.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

backpacking
1 month ago

Hiked this in late October so the conditions weren't the greatest. The hike isn't too bad, but it was hard to find the trail at some points. Make sure you are ready for the 21 mile gravel/dirt road to the trailhead! My friend's car had low clearance, but we ended up only getting a couple scratches so I think most cars could make the trek. Cool and quiet hike though!

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

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
1 month 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!!!

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
1 month ago

A great destination for an overnight trip.

hiking
1 month 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.

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

Great hike and fantastic views at several points, especially the top. Plan for 3.5-4hrs at a moderate pace with break at top.

Beautiful hike with lots of color changes in the trees

Beautiful in Fall

fun for an easy afternoon hike

This is a great trail in the Spring or Fall. If you start along the creek it is shady and the incline is gradual. Definately take the south loop to see Rocks of Sharon and views of the Palouse. The east rim offers more sunshine and views of the Spokane Valley and beyond.

1 month ago

Gorgeous fall colors, views of the lake and peaceful miles.

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