Explore the most popular Camping trails in Idaho Panhandle 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.

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blowdown
icy
snow
8 days ago

11/11/19 Beautiful views include several waterfalls, frozen lake, huge pine forest... look like old growth trees, trail is ice covered and quite slippery in many places but well worth the hike. Planning to return for an over night camp out in the early summer.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful trail. Definitely hard. We recorded almost 12 miles for both peaks. South peak from North peak trail has quite a bit of snow but we were just fine in hiking boots. We saw a deer and few birds.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful hike

hiking
1 month ago

Super easy hike, very easy to get to. very little snow, even up top. make sure you have protection, there were two bears in trees next to summit. they were not remotely scared of us, and we're somewhat aggressive, blocking us from getting down and not wanting to move or run away. I seriously thought we may have to take em down... luckily we got them to run off, but even then they didn't get out of sight. not to deter you, but just make sure your prepared.

hiking
1 month ago

Not sure why it says this is a loop trail...lol. The loop around the lake is not maintained in any way. BEAUTIFUL trail up to the lake for sure though

blowdown
snow
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

9.22.19 Well worth making the extra climb to the upper lake! Go around the right side of the lake to find the trail, it’s pretty well hidden but can be found just before the second easily accessible outcropping of rock on the lake. Stunning views and SO pretty with the fall colors right now. Ran into a bull moose and a deer but both cleared out once I started softly speaking. Haven’t done this myself but saw other hikers climb the ridge between upper stevens lake and lone lake- they said it was worth the hike! Will do next time

I didn’t have any trouble getting up to the trailhead in my 2WD, just be careful of washboards once you hit the dirt road. The first 1-2 miles of the trail were really tough with the steep incline, but the views at North and South Chilco peaks are well worth it. Heading towards south peak you walk through a lovely patch of woods and meadows. The only animal I ran into was a deer. Would highly recommend if in the CDA area!

Beautiful and well maintained trail with views from both North and South Chilco (although I wasn't expecting any views from what looks from a distance like a fully treed South Chilco. There is a cutoff trail off the far side of North Chilco that connects into the saddle trail so you don't have to backtrack down North Chilco. I uploaded a recording of this cutoff trail.

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off trail
over grown
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Approximately 3 1/2 hours to complete round trip to the lake and back. The hardest part is the scramble over the shale rock for approximately 0.25 miles. Last half mile steep uphill climb but well worth the work! Beautiful clear clean pristine Mountain Lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, diverse terrain and some great views! Trail has a couple rough spots and a few fallen trees but our kids (5, almost 4, and 2) handled it fine. There’s a gorgeous little waterfall along the way and the lake is pristine. We brought a picnic and hiked back down after some splashing and rock skipping but next time we will definitely camp up there to spend more time enjoying the lake.

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

waterfall

Best way to get to this trail head is from I-90 at the Kingston Exit, go 50 miles north. Don’t try to get there from Bayview, that’s a dirt road. We started off of Forest Road 208, a paved road. We hiked in 3 miles and returned. There was a forest fire burning at Jordan Camp 4 miles from where we were hiking but we were never in any danger. The trail was dry and clear of debris. There are gorgeous views of the North CDA River and rock cliffs along this hike. Next time, we’ll start at Jordan Camp and hike one-way to Forest Road 208.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely day hike! Slightly diverse terrain which makes for a fun hike! We do this one often, it is close to home! Love to camp on the backside of the lake and spend a day picking huckleberries. We make pancakes with them in the morning ! The right side trail of the lake when you first get up , is tougher but it’s where all the berries are ! There is A LOT of fallen dead wood on the back of the lake, lots for campfires!

hiking
2 months ago

Made it almost all the way to the second peak, ran into a mom and baby moose. Decided I’d rather not get between them because they ran in separate directions, so I turned back. I’ll be doing this one again.

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rocky
3 months ago

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over grown
rocky
3 months ago

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blowdown
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

The road to the TH is overgrown- be careful so you don’t scratch your cars. The trail is great- we hiked up mid afternoon to camp overnight. Had the place to ourselves, but ended up hiking out late at night due to freezing temps. The night hike down was easy.... few interesting folks at the TH sitting in the dark when we finally arrived at our vehicle. Overall, great hike. If you want a campfire, plan on taking wood from lower in the trail up with you.

hiking
3 months ago

Felt a little silly being winded when there were kids on the trail (but we also packed camping gear in so...). A couple of Creek crossings that were relatively easy to traverse, but slick from rain at the time. There will be two rock slides the trail cuts across. The second one is a little bit more difficult to initially see, but once you find it, just stick on it. Poles could have been useful in a couple of sections, but not bad. Overall, a delightful hike. Definitely would do again!

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