Explore the most popular birding trails in Kaniksu 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.

First time hiking this trail since before 2012. Only made it up to the second view point but had a ton of fun

My GPS measured 3.6 miles to the second view point (with the two benches). The trail map shows 2.8 miles to this location. If my GPS is accurate, then this is a 7.2,mile hike. The steepest grades are in the first mile up. All the blow downs are cleared. There was no snow on the trail. About one-half mile from the top there are several muddy areas from snow melt that can be slippery.

Love this hike. We did it yesterday. Ran into some snow and mud a little ways from the top but think it added to the adventure. The view was well worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

My fiancé and I hiked this trail yesterday and we loved it. Even though we hit snow halfway up the mountain the view from the summit was well worth it and the dogs had a blast too!

on Gold Hill North Trail

snowshoeing
3 months ago

Great snowshoeing trail after you get past all the fallen trees for the first 1/2 mile or so, hard packed snow till the last mile up and deep wet snow the rest of the way up. Beautiful view at the top.

This was a really beautiful hike. We were the first to put tracks in the fresh snow which was neat. We hiked in snow boots with no issue, no other gear was needed. Definitely suggest hiking in layers!

hiking
5 months ago

This hike is a great one. A few switchbacks, but fairly moderate incline overall. There were some downed trees to climb over on the way up, but other than that the trail is clear. Beautiful view from the top. Worth adding to your list of trails. Also, seemed like a great mountain bike trail beyond having to lift your bike over the few trees crossing the trail.

This is a nice leg stretcher. Despite the rain, I decided to hike it on Thanksgiving Day. Most of the trail consists of mellow switchbacks, leading through pine forest. There are few vistas beside the pine forest, for most of the hike. Towards the end, there are some splendid views of the lake and Sandpoint, Idaho below.

I got soaked in the rain, and it was totally worth it.

Very nice trail. Switchbacks ease the elevation gain. Excellent viewpoints 2.8 and 3.0 mi up with the latter having benches for snacking and taking in the vista. The trail ends at a forest road 3.5 mi up. Popular with mountain bikers. Larches very colorful Oct 30.

backpacking
6 months ago

Hiked to the lake with the Boy Scout Troop for a quick 1 day/1 night trip. We had anticipated having some spotty snow on the ground at the lakes, and hoped to do some rock climbing practice in the area. However, we hit the snow line less than 1/2 mile into the hike and were looking at 8-10 inches by the time we reached the lakes. The biggest surprise was that the lake was quite solidly frozen over already.
We had to break trail through the snow on the way up, but we found it pretty easy to follow the route. Plenty of bridges over the marshy areas and orange ribbons showed the way. The temperature ranged from the upper 20s to the upper 50s while we were out, so the snow was soft and wet during the daylight hours, and frozen over during the night. Majestic views of the mountains and beautiful landscape made this a worthwhile outing.

hiking
7 months ago

Lots of snow, come prepared! Beautiful hike.

Loved this hike. Did it a year ago. would recommend not hiking in to stay the night after September. We had snow, rain, hail and sleet. Spent a freezing night and woke up to 2 inches of frost on everything. At one point we smelled a bear while hiking in and had a huge bull moose in camp. Cute little lake, be prepared for moose and bear.

Great trail to get a morning workout. I only ran into two other groups on the trail so felt safe that there were other people around but not crowded. Not too much to see along the trail but the lush feeling of greenery is refreshing. The view at the top is pretty cool though :)

hiking
7 months ago

Wonderful views. Well worth the effort.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike!!!

hiking
7 months ago

Gorgeous backcountry lake. It is a fairly easy trail with a nice payoff.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike, lots of Little Rock's at beginning of trail watch footing.

hiking
7 months ago

First hike ever for my husband & I. Will definitely go back!

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike on a fall day. Many of the trees are turning and looking very beautiful. The trail is well maintained. My gps measured 5.5 miles from base to look out and back again.

great trail for the beginer to advanced. Beautiful scenery and a wonderful lake

hiking
7 months ago

Not a lot of parking spaces so beware. Great trail. Very well manicured. Absolutely beautiful view. Worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail!

on Harrison Lake Trail

hiking
8 months ago

All of it was beautiful!

walking
8 months ago

It a good trail

hiking
8 months ago

Grew up just a few miles from this trail. It's been a favorite hike since my childhood. Not much to see on the way to the lookout unless you're a birder or like identifying plants/trees. Boysenberries can be found near the end of the trail in summertime.

pretty easy nice track with lots of beautiful plants on the way, gets hot on the way up with little shade in the midday sun

I did 52 out and back for fear that 161 would be impassable or indistiinct requiring serious backtracking. Round trip to the summit of Pend Oreille was 10.4 mi. I found the first 3 mi of hike easy, next mi moderate, and remaining mile plus strenuous to brutal. No others or bears were seen this day. Huckleberries were plentiful and literally across the trail. Forest road is fine for all vehicles to the TH. Views from the ridge and summit were excellent despite smoke from fires in Canada. Many bridges along the trail are dilapidated and collapsing as maintenance is lacking in this area.

hiking
9 months ago

Some of the best views I've seen at the top. Well worth the journey!

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hike, lots of shade. The view was a little smoky but other than that a great little hike

hiking
9 months ago

We added on to this nice lake hike and trekked up to Harrison Peak thats way I give it a five the view down to the lake was awesome but not for the beginner or one that does not like heights :)

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