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The trail was very popular, today. The parking lot was full between 1 and 3.

Conditions: the streams were rushing but only 3 to 5 feet across. The path was dry throughout. The snow at the top was slippery and prone to foot-cave ins. Other hikers remarked that the snow slowed them down. Poles were marginally helpful, but cleats were not.

There is no lake unless you count Lake Ponderay. This will test your knees on the way back down. The last mile or so still had snow and make things a little dicey. The mosquitos were relentless. Wear a bug net. There were some nice little water streams along the way. View was nice.

Great hike. Lots of snow still in April. Needed snow shoes at about 800 ft from the top. Great views.

on Mickinnick Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Great hiking trail through the woods with streams and lots of snow at about a mile in right now. Didn't use microspikes or snowshoes as the snow was wet and packed down most of the way up. Last mile had us post-holing a bit up to our knees in areas. Great views.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail! My second time here. Would’ve been nice to have a pair of yak tracks for the bottom half as it was slushy and pretty slippery, and a set of snowshoes for the top. Over a foot of snow once you hit the second mile! Great trail for dogs since they can be off leash once you hit public land. Lots of fresh deer tracks!

Love this area! Great place to camp and beautiful to hike around!

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.

Great trail, views and lakes that are seen vs the effort to get to them is unmatched in the area. Starting to have a little snow cover and we saw a bunch of small black bear tracks on the trail.

Great overnight backpacking trip! Took the wrong turn finding the trailhead but that was our falt. Awesome lakes surrounded by high granite peaks of the Selkirk Mountain Range.

If you're interested in this hike, I made a video of the trip and you can find it at: https://youtu.be/GjWZR1K1Fr4

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This should be 10 minutes from my house. No one I've talked to has ever heard of this trail and I drove for two hours and there is no trailhead sign for this hike. That is most likely why no reviews. I am guessing someone stole the signs.

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!

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

I gave this a 5 just because we took a off the beaten path up to the top of the ridge for some outstanding views. It wasn't easy (recording) and not recommend for the beginner hiker its steep and a bit hairy in a couple spots. The main trail is in great shape and is a nice little hike with good views and three lake all in a few miles.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail!

on Harrison Lake Trail

hiking
8 months ago

All of it was beautiful!

Very easy hike for the 1.5 miles to Pyramid Lake. We had to turn around near the top of the switchbacks before Ball as the days are getting shorter. Spectacular views from these switchbacks and here the grade is moderate. Last mile to TH is rough. Don't need 4WD but low slung cars may lose an oil pan. Still had plump huckleberries despite bushes turning red for fall.

hiking
8 months ago

I hiked this last January. I used snowshoes where the trail had deep drifts, but a lot of it was packed down and extremely icy. I think I slipped twice. There were lots of mule deer and plenty of birds to look for. The view at the top is great!

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.

hiking
8 months ago

If you're looking for a decent hike and a good workout, this is it. 3.5 up and down! 7 miles total. There are a couple great viewing spots of the lake! It was a very smokey day, so the views were hindered. Still beautiful!
Wish there were better markers for when the trail ends. At the top there are two more benches, but nothing about how far you've gone or where it ends.
Few people out today, but I enjoyed that because I went solo. Yes there are better trails out there, but this is a good one and I will do it again (it's basically in my backyard!).

hiking
8 months ago

there is NOT a mountain lake at the top. The trail has a couple of decent view points but one would be better off driving to Schweitzer mountain for the same views only unobstructed. Find something to hike on the south or East end of the lake

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

What a spectacular hike and view!

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:)

In, 3:15; out 3 hrs.

From the trail head you ascend moderately for approximately 2 miles before you reach some flats along the ridge before the steep descent to Trout Lake. Pushing on to Fisher requires more climbing, sometimes fairly steep, before you reach the bluff overlooking that lake. The trail down to Fisher Lake is quite steep but nothing treacherous.

I pitched camp at Fisher for the night. The weather was tame but I recommend you take some long pants and a sweatshirt because the breeze is rather chilly at that altitude in the evening and night time hours.

Hiked with 3year old and it was very manageable for him to hike. Some steep/rocky parts, and it took us about 1 hour to hike the 1.25 miles to Pyramid Lake. Want to return and camp!

hiking
9 months ago

had a great hike into chimney rock with my dog trail was in great shape and the view amazing first time from the pack river side but won't be the last

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