Explore the most popular walking 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

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.

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!

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

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 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.

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

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!

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.

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

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

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