Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

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!

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.

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!

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

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!

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

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:)

hiking
9 months ago

Good hike- great for dogs. Love coming here- not busy often- so if you want a quiet hike- this is the one....(besides the trains and woodpeckers!)

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!

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