Explore the most popular fishing 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.

hiking
7 months ago

Lots of snow, come prepared! Beautiful hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked on 10/7/17. Snow on all trails, but still easy to ID trails. Great views at both lower and upper lakes. Camped overnight at lower lake. Five established campsites, all with nice pads for tents. Four have only one pad -- one has three. This group site is located with lots of parking and vault toilet.
VERY well maintained trails -- obviously lots of work to prevent water erosion. Wood boardwalks at both upper and lower lakes -- nice touches.
Long drive -- figure at least an hour from Naples cutoff.

Incredible colors, fantastic atmosphere, dog friendly, and fun for all levels! Can't wait to go back :)

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
8 months ago

wonderful hike. 3 lakes for the price of 1. Slightly advanced to the upper lakes but still family friendly

hiking
8 months ago

Went this morning, we hit snow about a mile from the trailhead. Absolutely gorgeous, just weren't prepared for the cold this early. The trail was still easy to find even with the snow

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail!

on Harrison Lake Trail

hiking
8 months ago

All of it was beautiful!

This time of year, very dry and plenty of smoke in the air. Made for a very different setting. The trail to Bottleneck lake is well marked and in very good shape. Some horse riding activity up to Snow lake, however we had the Bottlneck trail to our selves. Beautiful lake, brought home a half dozen pan size brook trout. And had a great day! Certainly will be more enjoyable once the smoke clears out.

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

backpacking
8 months ago

We took our five year old on his first backpacking trip. Trail signs are non- existent, so bring a map with you. Great places to camp right along upper lake. We camped right where the trail meets the lake on the first night. After a short hike along the lake, we found a better spot, and moved there for the second night. I accidentally left my running shoes at our first site. When we went back the next morning, someone had taken them. Keep your gear in a secure place. This is a great place to hike in with little ones.

What a spectacular hike and view!

50 min from paved road to the trailhead. Well maintained gravel road (402, 1007). Definitely don't attempt 632 in a road vehicle. Lots of folks enjoying the trail on a Friday, parking was full and had to be creative to find a place to park. Trail map needed more descriptive distances and the trail needed better signage. It's easy to miss the trail that heads to the upper lakes. The lakes are stunning!! Trail is easy. Huckleberries plentiful.

Hiked to Bottleneck Lake on Sunday, 8/20/17. It was a wonderful hike! About 1-1.5miles in you come across a fork in the road reading 1.75 miles to Bottleneck Lake or 3 miles to Snow Lake. Due to time constraints we opted to just do Bottleneck for the day. The hike wasn't too steep, and it was fairly well maintained. The lake was gorgeous and there were a couple campsites near it; I hope to camp overnight here one year. I also want to return and do Snow Lake! The huckleberries were abundant too; I filled up an empty water bottle easily and made lemon huckleberry bread that night! If you do go up there searching for huckleberries, please respect the bushes and only pick the berries, leaving the bushes alone, so that they continue to grow back each year:)

on Roman Nose Lakes

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome place! The trail is very easy to follow despite missing signage, and I can imagine people getting a little turned-around if they choose to get off the trail to get better views of the scenery. There's a good posted map at the trailhead to snap a picture of for navigation. Trail scenery was beautiful. Its an easy/gentile climb to the upper lake on a well-traveled path.

Saw a couple of whitetail bucks, several marmots, a very curious weasel, and plenty of squirrels.

My magnetic compass did NOT like the area and gave me bad indications. I am new to Northern Idaho, so this may be common local knowledge, I don't know. I actually had cell service on the upper lake but not during the drive west of Naples or for most of the trail.

The fishing was not great. Lots of really small brook trout. By 'small' I mean most are 3 inches. I fished the upper lake and the lake next to the trailhead. It was best in the morning and tapered off during the day.

Huckleberries were abundant and delicious! Some campers and swimmers on the upper lake. Few bugs but some biting flies if you stand still long enough. I've heard there are a lot of cougar sitings at Roman Nose so, as a cautious newb to Northern Idaho I carried bear spray and an airhorn. On a Friday there was just enough people traffic that I wasn't worried about lions and bears. Other hikers had canine hiking companions with them. I think the distance estimates I've read are too long: I hiked casually from the trailhead to the upper lake in 30 minutes.

I came for the fishing but will go back for the hiking, scenery, and wildlife viewing.

hiking
9 months ago

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

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 :)

9 months ago

Hiked and fished all three lakes 8/1/17. Pretty good trail but missing some directional signage so pay attention. Not much traffic midweek but I hear they've got heavy traffic on weekends. Good fishing. Beautiful lakes. Great place to be.

On this hot summer day, the breeze coming off of the lake was refreshing. The views are nice. The trail is easy to follow.

Do NOT take Ruby Creek Road. I read the other review saying that and thought maybe he was being dramatic, and it couldn't possibly be that bad....Famous last words. That road is horrendous!

Nice hike though!

hiking
9 months ago

7/26/17-This was a fantastic hike. Took us a bit to get up, only because we had our young daughter with us. She wasn't used to this kind of hike (she's 14). She was amazing though and hiked the whole way up and down! We were amazed at how gorgeous the lake is! Wow! So worth the hike. We had our lunch up there on a rock and enjoyed every moment. We went at 10:45 and reached the top at around 1:40. Remember though we had to make quite a few stops ;). Lots of cool big boulders to climb on. Would like to camp up there sometime. It was a warm day, but not overwhelmingly hot. At the lake, it was cool and the wind cooled us down. Bugs weren't too bad. Some flies trying to bother us during the hike, but not horrible. I think this is a popular hike and so not sure how many people camp up there. Seems like a lot of people like this trail. Can't wait to do this again!

hiking
9 months ago

Moderate hike with great views of the upper alpine. Trail is good , watch for loose rocks on trail. No bears sighted. Bells and spray recommended.

Amazing hike with spectacular views! Lots of steep incline that is not good for beginners. The lake is beautiful and well worth every mile. Did not come in contact with bears but better safe then sorry!

hiking
10 months ago

This is a fantastic hike, with views from beginning to end. The cooler temperature up high was a pleasant break from the scorching temperatures in the valleys of North Idaho. The views of the lake and the mountain peaks above, are well worth the trip to this wonderful trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Just did this today. Great trail to the lake. Great scenery. Scrambled around the south side of the lake and went up to the ridge overlooking the basin which feels Little Harrison lake. Met some guys who said they knew a way from Little Harrison back to the car, it was bushwacking hell. The only reasonable way out of Little Harrison is..,,,, there isn't one. It's a pretty lake but so what. Skip it. I'll try to post a picture here for your enjoyment. If you're nuts enough to go there, exit over the high ridge leading to Beehive lake then from the lake take the trail out. Have fun

hiking
10 months ago

This is a great hike. A lot of people camp here. The mountain lake is spectacular! It's a bit of a drive up a 9 mile long dirt road but worth the trip! The hike is only 3 miles each way, you get over 1,500 ft of elevation so it's a decent trade off. Be careful of a few things, rain, snow and hail, bears at the lake, and oh did I mention be prepared for any kind of weather! People even fish the lake and pull Rainbow Trout out! I also caution you first time hikers, this route is a bit confusing near the lake as you wind up through the granite boulders and granite field, use the markers and use the All Trails Pro downloaded map! It may be worth the $2.50 a month to not get lost! Enjoy the hike, backpack trip, camping and fishing adventures! :-P

hiking
10 months ago

Pretty steady incline the whole way up but the views and wildflowers are breathtaking and worth it. The lake is a great place to sit and eat lunch. Getting down is almost as tough as getting up because of all the loose rocks. I highly suggest a good pair of hiking boots that are light with incredible traction. Mine saved me from a few falls. I just kept saying to myself how thankful I was I didn't wear my trail runners. Also suggest boots with good ankle support. This was an amazing experience!

Load More