Explore the most popular Camping 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.

This is a really enjoyable hike. The elevation gain is gradual enough that you can enjoy your surroundings as you hike.

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked all three of the lakes, today. I was hoping to see some autumn colors, but it looks like Roman Noses is about 1-2 weeks away from full coloration. This is a fun hike, with lots of scenic rewards.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for day hikes or overnighters. We logged 8 miles total. From the trail head/parking lot we headed straight to Upper Lake and pitched tents at one of two sites at the back of Upper Lake. Both camp sites good for two tents - three if you're ok pitching right next to each other. We then hiked without packs back to Lower Lake and then back to camp. Next morning we came out via the scenic trail which is worth it as you get views down to Lower Lake and Middle Lake. Good trail to do with kids. There are also car camping tent sites on way in if you want to camp where you park and then day hike the lakes. WARNING: Dont use Apple maps to get here. If coming from the South on HWY 2 Apple maps will take you the shortest route but you will be crawling in 4x4 up a goat/ATV trail over boulders. It's slow going and you'll get some brand new Boundary County pinstripping down the sides as it's impossible to avoid the overgrowth on either side of the track. Use Google maps go all the way to Napples, take Deep Creek Loop, to Lions Den Rd, to Snow Creek Rd.

Hiked up to Plowboy, trail was very well maintained, hike was pretty easy and flat. Rumors of bear sighting recently although we never saw any. Great trail for the dogs too! Returned to our truck to find someone had opened the canopy but there was nothing but a dog bed to take.

Did this hike with my husband in early August. We actually first camped at Pyramid Lake overnight. We left in the morning and took the junction trail towards Trout Lake. We fished at Trout for a while on this big rock out on the lake, we didn't catch anything but it was really fun. Then we hiked over to Big Fisher. The view of Big Fisher was spectacular. We were going to camp but didn't because we saw lightning and heard thunder and it started hailing on us. Lots of views along the way. I didn't think it was too difficult of a hike, you definitely have to be in shape for it though, it gets steep at parts and is quite long. I want to come back here and camp with nicer weather.

backpacking
2 months ago

Decent trail. If you had only one to go to, I would hit snow lake over bottleneck. It’s a bit further but a better view for sure! Both lakes are nice. Great for camping and very little bugs. Hit the ridge above snow lake for a fantastic view! Well worth the hike!

the trail was long but not hard in my opinion. beautiful scenes No Bugs. If anybody finds a set of keys with a whistle please let me know. they had an orange ribbon attached as well that said Cardiff

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing! Road in All trails direction is updated to take the snow route and not McAruther lakes route. both will get you there but the snow road is way better. Hikes we backpacked in and did the scenic loop in (suggest to do this in rather than the other way in). Scenis Route overlooks the lower lake that is right off the parking lot. We hiked to the back of Upper lake and camped out. beautiful spot and a few other campers on the lake. in the morning we packed up and hiked to the lower of the upper lakes and slightly bushwacked on the trail to the backside to a WATERFALL! loved this area absoloutly gorgeous only complaint is there are more people than what we are used to but it's a moderatly easy hike so it makes sense.

hiking
2 months ago

Great little set of trails. We took the scenic route and it did not disappoint, plenty of huckleberries left to pick and amazing views with no traffic.

hiking
2 months ago

The view from the top of Roman Nose is breathtaking. You get a full view of the Selkirks and the surrounding area. Worth the extra effort if you have time to hike past the lakes.

backpacking
2 months ago

3 days...2 nights at Bottleneck Lake. Excellent catch and release fly fishing. We bushwacked the left side of lake. climbed rocks to the Southside of peak. Walked south on the ridge. Spectacular views. Descended on the south end of ridge back to lake.

hiking
2 months ago

It was a great little hike. Drove to the trailhead Friday morning and hiked to the upper lake. The 6 of us stayed up in the camp site at the back of the lake. There was room for at least 3 tents and we probably could have fit more if we needed to. The fishing was good. We stayed through Sunday and saw a couple other day hikers and some other groups camping at some of the other sites.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome place!!! camped at the upper lake! lower lake is cool but I recommend the upper lake!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail! Read below reviews about getting there... we went wrong way and were lucky to have 4WD and an off-road experienced driver (think Moab) so we made it through, but took correct road on the way home and it was easy peasy. Trail is in very good condition. Toilet facilities at parking area. Three lakes on one trail, great granite outcroppings, long views, healthy forest, bumper crop of huckleberries. Will be hiking it again. Only gave 4 stars because there were more people there than we had hoped. But- it’s popular for a reason!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a beautiful area! Upper and lower lakes are awesome. Want to come back and stay the night next time.

Hiked to Snow Lake. A little over 9 miles round trip. Moderate uphill climb all the way in. Beautiful scenery and the lake is stunning! One piece of advice: A mile or two after the Bottleneck/Snow split in the trail, you’ll see a fork in the trail, where we saw a couple campsites and a totem pole sort of thing. On AllTrails, it looks like you’re supposed to head to the right here, but that trail dead ends at the river. Take the left fork instead - the trail takes you all the way to Snow Lake.

Beautiful hike, doable in one day! The views were just gorgeous, each of the lakes uniquely serene in their own way. My only complaint is that the road to the trailhead is terribly rocky, so make sure you take a taller car or truck if you can - my chevy cavalier suffered from damage from a rock scraping underneath!

backpacking
3 months ago

Even though the last 20 miles of road is easily passible, it was so rough everything in my center console rattled out and all over the floor. 20mph is too much on most stretches. I was also forced into the ditch by some ass in a Subaru on my way up, didn't slow or move over, so be careful. We camped at the upper lake and only found four established campsites, the last one at the end of the lake the best(taken of course). The others are right on the trail or so small that only a solo tent would fit. I think we'll go back but hammock camp next time, more possibilities. The hike is well worth it just to sit on a rock and watch the Osprey fish in the evening.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail and beautiful lakes. My GF and I stayed at the campground by the first lake the first night. We backpacked into the upper lake the next afternoon and took the scenic loop trail, which gives you great views of the 1st lake. If you go to Upper, the furthest back campsite is the best!!! We day hiked down to the lower lake, which was at some points more like bushwaking to get around! The views are amazing and the night sky is incredible to look at from the 2 spots we stayed. The road in to the lakes isn't too bad, you don't need a high clearance vehicle to get back there, my focus made it just fine!

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bugs
3 months ago

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bugs
3 months ago

Beautiful trail. If you decide to do both lakes it’s closer to 14 miles round trip. The trail to snow lake is in better shape and easier but the bottleneck lake is bigger and easier to access for a swim.

hiking
3 months ago

the alltrails route is slightly off. I checked, there's no trail there.

This was our first backpack trip with kids, ages 9 and 10. They struggled a bit in the beginning, but gained momentum and made it to Trout Lake. I was surprised at the number of groups passing through. There were at least three groups of 10 plus people. All and all, Trout Lake was great. There were mosquitos, but we were adequately prepared with repellant. We caught a few rainbow trout with spinning gear and worms. The second day we did a day hike to Big Fisher. It is about 2,000 feet elevation gain and 700 feet descent from Trout Lake, but well worth it. The water is crystal clear and fish were jumping non stop. We fished for about 15 minutes and landed two nice cutties with another 10 strikes. Definitely a great adventure and we will return next year!

Beautiful hike, my girlfriend and I backpacked in and stayed the night at Big Fisher. Mosquitoes were pretty awful at Big Fisher. The trail isn't too bad getting to Trout, but after Trout it starts to get steep. The trail from trout to Big Fisher is well maintained and easy to follow the view from the top before the decent into to Big Fisher is stunning! Total hike in took about 6 hours from Pyramid lake and an hour break at Trout lake, took us about 4 hours to get out from Big Fisher! Road to the trail head is fine, my little Focus made it just fine, only bottomed out once, mainly due to driver error!!

hiking
3 months ago

DO. NOT. TRUST. MAPS! Take Snow Creek Road to get there, or risk a road that requires 4wd high clearance vehicles and may or may not get you to the trailhead. Most passenger vehicles will be fine on Snow Creek Rd, as it is mostly gravel and dirt, but doesn't have a ton of potholes and such. There is a parking lot at the middle lake where the trails start. The boardwalk to the middle lake is by the vault toilet, and the loop trail to the upper and lower lakes is midway down the parking lot. The loop trail is 2 miles long and has an offshoot to the upper and lower lakes, each of which is 1 mile in and out, bringing your total to approximately 4 miles. I hiked this trail a couple of weekends ago and loved it! Make sure you have bug spray and plenty of water, as there is a decent amount of elevation change and a heck of a lot of mosquitoes.

on South Skookum Trail

hiking
3 months ago

A great easy short trail with a few small Bridges to cross. shade throughout the tail. be sure to take a swim or camp while your there, it's very nice and well kept up. they will charge you $5 for day use, the trail head in located in the campground.

A great easy trail for the whole family.

camping
bugs
muddy
3 months ago

Great Hike up, started to hail when we approached the trailhead. Once it stopped we hiked in and only had to avoid a few muddy areas. The hike was pretty easy for a 2K elevation change, only a few difficult parts. The mosquitoes were pretty bad, and it was really cold at night, did not come prepared for that. The lake was beautiful, the area had about 3 good campsites around the big lake, didn't explore the small lake much, would definitely return!

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