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The Kaniksu National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located in northeastern Washington, the Idaho panhandle, and northwestern Montana.

hiking
1 day ago

nice trail, we hit snow at the top. lake still has a ton of ice and snow.

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike! Challenging but not too crazy. Great views on the way and at the top.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike! Very steep on the way up, but doable for most ages. We typically make it to the second bench and then turn around, but the view at the top is fantastic if you're looking for a longer hike.

Beautiful hike and definitely worth the drive! There was still quite a bit of snow up there starting at about mile 1 and progressively getting more and more as you go up but manageable. We were able to make it to the lake however at about miles 2, there aren't great marking for the trail so it can get a bit confusing. Luckily we ran into a group that knew where they were going and pointed us in the right direction.!

Beautiful trail. Great views. Good footing. Easy to follow. Continuous moderate uphill for entire length. In mid-June, the road to the trailhead was mostly very good except for the last 0.7 miles which still was snowcovered. One Subaru driver who tried to get through ended up in the ditch and had to call for a tow. We were able to hike the trail 1.7 miles before hitting heavy snow. It was pretty east to walk on it for another 0.3 miles, but we eventually concluded that it was not going to get better. We picnicked in a beautiful meadow, then turned around. Will be back in the summer to make it to the lake. Trail is marked as open to biking but I certainty would not be able to ride most of it.

hiking
7 days ago

Amazing! Though a trek, absolutely worth the hike. When I got to the top (late July) there was still a little bit of snow but that didn't stop our group from polar plunging into the lake to beat the summer's heat.

road is closed due to washout

hiking
18 days ago

This is an amazing hike. It's pretty steep on the way up, but definitely doable if you're in decent shape. I would bring water and a snack with you. There are amazing views of Lake Pend O'Reille, Sandpoint, and Ponderay at several viewpoints on the way up. Towards the top, it gets fairly rocky but nothing bad. The trail is named after Mick and Nicky Pleass, who donated the mountainside to the forest service to make this trail, and there's a nice little description about the story at the start of the hike. There is private property right next to the hike, but it is well marked so should be easy to avoid.

Easy hike with many switch backs. The distance makes for a constant gradual climb through dense forest with a stellar view at the end. Overall, a great hike that I would recommend.

This was a great hike. 5.7 miles, roughly, with many switchbacks. a lot of mountain bikers so be careful and aware. The top viewpoint provides a great look of the Lake, Sandpoint, and the longbridge and train trestle. It's on the easy to moderate scale, in my opinion.

Great trail for conditioning! A good steady climb with lots of easy level sections to catch your breath and observe the forest.

Great trail! Easy to follow, great mix of views and forest. Not easy to go up (you are climbing up over 1700 feet after all) but the views are so worth it! lots of greenery and when you can get away from the people, the birdsongs are amazing! lots of cool insects, birds and squirrels out to greet you, too.

nature trips
1 month ago

We took this trail hike a while ago with 3 kids in tow, all of which were wearing flip flops. This is an easy, flat, short trail through old growth cedars and trees near priest lake. It's more of a nature/learning trail than anything else. The trail loops around ending where it began. Good for a leg stretch and some sights.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful trail. Went on a Tuesday with very little traffic. Dogs and I both loved it.