Explore the most popular camping trails in Coeur D Alene National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
2 days ago

Do you think there next weekend there would be too much snow to make it?

As of last weekend the road to Trailhead is still snowed in. A person could hike to the trailhead it's only one mile up the road. We did not hike it because did not have cleats and snow was too slippery. We ended up going to Settlers Grove near Murray Idaho.

5/5/18 Steep hike but beautiful views! Trail is still mostly covered in snow but discernible overall. We were able to make it to the clearing before the big waterfall with our dog but turned around there as the snow was several feet deep. Definitely recommend gaiters and snow shoes to make it to the lower lake right now.

Great hike. Fairly easy. Wonderfully maintained trail. I hiked it approximately two years ago.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Last Saturday (11/18) a few friends and I️ headed to the Stevens Lakes trailhead in the Subaru. Lucky for us we were able to park at the trailhead. The snow was deep and fresh with powder. We snapped on our snowshoes and hit the trail. There was no one else up there and we set fresh tracks. Beyond taking a wrong turn (or not turning at all) at a few points we were able to make it to the lake just fine. At one point we decided to head straight up the mountain rather than scout around for the actual trail as it was no where to be seen and we were losing time fast. At the lake it was cold and windy, but the way up and down was mild and easy to hike without a jacket. Definitely worth checking out for your winter snowshoeing. Just make sure to have your GPS if you don’t already know the trail.

hiking
6 months ago

today is 11/21/17. we did this trail about a week ago. with only front wheel drive, and no snow tires on yet, my car made it about 1 mile from the trailhead before the snow/slush became too much. we parked and walked the rest of the way. the trail was covered in 4-6in of powder the entire way up. we've done the trail before, but also relied on others' footprints in the snow to navigate. it was steep and slick. i was grateful to have decent traction on my shoes and trekking poles. even so we each slipped at least once. crossing the little stream proved challenging. i think it took us abut 2 hours to get up to the lake, and around an hour to make it back down to the car. the lake was beautiful as ever, and well worth the effort, but i don't think this trail is safe for beginners in the winter.

hiking
6 months ago

This hike is in my backyard and it's a fairly short drive to the trailhead. I did this again the other day for the 4th time this year. Great hike!

Here's some summer drone footage when it was smoky to get a better idea of the lakes:

https://youtu.be/yraAW8G70fM

Or just search in YouTube my channel name - DanGoodLife and you can find the video. Like and subscribe if you'd like!

hiking
7 months ago

We did this hike 10/8/17. We arrived early and were surprised to find about an inch of snow. We couldn't take the road past the blossoms lakes trailhead because the snow was weighing down bushes enough that we could hardly walk the road. Luckily it's an easy enough hike that the extra mile or so each was no big deal. It was a beautiful hike and the lake was amazing. We stayed and fished for a bit and eventually the sun came out and melted the snow mostly. We will be back again. I was hoping to get more fall colors, but it was more like winter was just arriving. The drive up was full of brilliant fall colors though.

hiking
7 months ago

hike to lower Stevens Lake September 23rd 2017. beautiful hike lots of different terrain along the way. Trail starts on an old road, then goes into shady switchbacks following a creek most of the way. There are two areas of rock slides where you really need to watch your footing. Hiking boots recommended. You might see the cute little pikas in the rocks. The trail is a steady uphill climb but the lake at the top is worth the climb! we had the whole lake to ourselves! There was a tiny bit of snow on the trail as you head into the lake. And a dusting of snow on the mountain side with fall colors showing through. The lake was beautiful, clean and clear.

hiking
7 months ago

Views were great. Lots of steep switchbacks but well worth it. Trail in good condition. No snow

hiking
7 months ago

JoRayne and I reached the upper lake where we were greeted by 10" of snow that was slowly melting with the above freezing temp. We headed West, through the brush, and up the snow covered West slope (18-24") to the ridge line North of the peak. Crampons were necessary and the ice axe was beneficial.

The temps were well below freezing with the gusting wind. Great views as the clouds closed over the peak and rim and even more impressive how swiftly they withdrew during the 30 minutes we were on the ridge. Reaching the peak from our location in these weather conditions wasn't safe with the gear we had in our possession so we scoped out some alternate routes and will return another day to see the sights from the very top.

backpacking
8 months ago

Great little backpacking trip. It did get very cold and give us some snow/rain mix overnight a little surprising for sep 15. So be prepared.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice easy hike. Trails were great, mostly shady, with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. About halfway we up came upon a beautiful little waterfall. We were the only ones on the trail and and the lake at the top was crystal clear. We had the whole lake to ourselves. We enjoyed our lunch, and took some beautiful photos. The fall colors we're starting to show along the rocky hillside.

hiking
8 months ago

Absolutely stunning view at the end. Read reviews ahead and came in expecting a steep hike, and boy was it ever. Definitely worth the work though. Take a snack to enjoy looking over the lake!

backpacking
8 months ago

Hiked up for an overnighter with some friends. Beautiful! Day tripped up to Stevens Peak in the morning. Quite a steep, roundabout hike but the views were incredible. Love this area!

hiking
8 months ago

Pretty steep trail, but well worth the climb.

backpacking
8 months ago

This was my third trip to Steven's, and again it didn't dissapoint. However, it was the first time I had backpacked in and stayed overnight. We went on a Wednesday and had the lakes to ourselves. Other than the thick smoke from the wildfires, it was a great stay.

Check out my Youtube video for aerial footage of the lakes and the peak! This was all shot using a drone. Leave a thumbs up if you enjoyed! https://youtu.be/yraAW8G70fM

backpacking
8 months ago

Easy hike in with a pack. Crossed a few streams and passed by a waterfall. Lake is gorgeous and the mountain has huckleberries if you're willing to adventure and hike on the game trails. The southern trail to the back campsite around the lake is accessible, but you will have to do quite a bit of tree hopping as there is a lot of deadfall. Lake is pretty cool in the end of August, but is still nice and refreshing to dive in for a bit. If you are going for seclusion, this is definitely NOT the lake for that as this is a very popular spot.

hiking
8 months ago

Rando peu fréquentée ce 27 août, commence par un chemin, puis un sentier et cela monte raide pendant 40mn, plat sur 10mn et à nouveau pente raide, passage dans un pierrier. Mais la récompense est au bout, ce lac est superbe.

hiking
9 months ago

Great first hike for myself and three kids ages 9-13. Do NOT follow iOS maps' description to take NFD 7 and Revett Rd. Go around bend to large parking lot marked as Thompson Pass Trailheads on Maps just along curve on NF 9. Then can park down dirt road 1 mile if your car has good clearance.

hiking
9 months ago

This hike was amazing. All of the directions and maps are very accurate. We love hikes where you follow a river or creek to your destination, it makes the hike so peaceful and even more enjoyable. I loved reaching the lower lake, it is so beautiful and quiet, even though we had a group of college girls come running out of the trees screaming because they had reached the lake. We also continued on to the upper lake, which was a bit difficult for us to find the true trail, we kept finding trails that led us into marsh land, but we eventually found the trail. It was probably 7 miles total and it took us just under 5 hours.

hiking
9 months ago

The trail in was amazing and easy! The trail around the lake... needs a lot of maintenance! It was doable but I wouldn’t take my young children around the lake!

was a super fun hike kids, wife and I loved it

9 months ago

Fantastic

awesomeee

hiking
9 months ago

There is a beautiful lake at the end of the trail. The hike is pretty steep in some areas and you may end up crossing a few rocky areas. Wear hiking boots! I blew my boots out on the hike down due to such a steep decline, I was due for new ones anyway.There is a small waterfall along the way too. I would not recommend this hike for children under 12. Bring water!
I've hiked it twice, it takes about 4 hours roundtrip. It is a bit crowded depending on the day, the month and the weather. Not many places to camp overnight along the lake. Absolutely gorgeous mountains surrounding the lower lake. The lake was cold in August and the beach is rocky. I'll go again, I love this hike!

9 months ago

This is a tough hike going up, pack light, bring plenty of water, and be ready for some steep vertical hiking. The lakes at the top are beautiful, a tad bit cold but refreshing. We did see a bunch of fish jumping, I wish I had packed my fly pole up. Coming down was much easier, a bit steep in spots and loose rock made caused me to slide a few times. Overall a great hike, I'll do it again but I'll pack a tent and sleep at the top at one of the camping spots.

backpacking
9 months ago

I love to backpack overnight at one of the spots by either upper or Lower Stevens Lakes. The upper lake sits in a beautiful natural cirque that gives gorgeous views in the mornings. The lakes are true Alpine Lakes, but can warm up a bit in late summer. The trail is moderate difficulty, however it does include some rocky sections, and some sections that with a full backpack load, can be a bit strenuous to ascend. Bring water in warm weather, and something to purify lake water, but expect heavy snow cover much of winter and early spring.

9 months ago

great fishing in upper, no real size but it's a mountain lake.

fishing
9 months ago

The trail into the lake is beautiful and well maintained. While it climbs nearly 1000 feet most of the climb is gentle. While there is a "trail" around the lake it clearly hasn't been maintained in some time. You'll have to break in places and climb over LOTS of deadfall. In some places it is very narrow with a sharp drop off to the lake. Kids would do great on the trail to the lake but you would need to carefully consider taking them all the way around

It is easily accessible which makes it somewhat crowded. At times in the middle of the day it was very noisy but quieted down when the NASCAR crowd headed back to their cars

Fishing was fun with a lot of small but hungry Brookies.

We would absolutely do this one again.

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