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hiking
11 days ago

Did this hike on a whim around noon sometime last week, and was pleasantly surprised by the beauty it had to offer. From the spring, comes the sprouts of wondrous mountain flowers aching to reveal themselves from a frost tormented ground.

The very aroma was crisp with flora, each exhilarated breath took was baited by the natural perfume emanating from the vast forestry surrounded on either side of a narrow climb. As my adventure continued I was met by the beautiful remnants of a winter wonderland, it heavily dusted across a pale landscape which acted as a veil to the very trail itself.

It took hours, and sometimes even several small winded breaks to summon the courage to venture on through a wayward path to reach the peak itself. There the true majesty of the world can be taken in full view. Through the suffering climb, you can finally find God under the blistering heat of the sun, and his breath upon the subtle chill of a lapsing breeze. The descent proved difficult, as the trail was lost to me, and under the duress of a horrible fall upon the icy bed that encumbered the region and burdened my ego I found joy as well as laughter. Forgotten of my obsessions or enslavements of love lost, I was finally thankful for the day. However, I was reminded of a quote by Sierra DeMulder in speaking of true love. "I love you head over handles like my first bicycle accident - before the mouthful of gravel and blood. I swore we were flying."

extremely steep trail. definitely not for a beginner. not a spring hike. we went in may and the snow was very deep. great trails a few down trees but nothing we can't handle. I would love to do this hike again in the late summer.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful and Steep. Dont feed the mountaim goats and they are not afraid of you. Be cautious.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! The trail has streams running along it in the early parts of the year and we always fill our canteens up in these so no need to bring a ton of water with you. The trail itself is pretty steep and you will think you're almost to the top when you really aren't.. It will play tricks on you like that. You can break the hike up into multiple days to make it less difficult and spend the night at the upper lake. The rainbow trout here are so delicious!!! There is snow here until late summer which may make it difficult if you hike early in the year, so always be prepared. We loved the hike and will do it again soon!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

did it in October, had lots of snow so the trail was difficult to follow at times. the snow also probably pushed the goats down, didn't see any. I definitely want to go back.

Check the US forest service site before you plan your hike! It's trail #65. The summer of 2015 it was closed for awhile due to mountain goat attacks. One man was gored and another had a finger bitten off (both survived). It's a popular trail in the summer and the goats at the top are not afraid of people so keep you distance and be safe! It's a quick drive over from Sandpoint but the roads are not well marked. I grew up in this area and it is definitely one of my favorite hikes!

hiking
6 months ago

Very difficult hike. The trail is very steep but the payoff at the top is all worth it!! Not for beginners. Make sure you have good hiking boots.

hiking
7 months ago

We hiked this 10/9/16, great trail the view of moose lake from the ridge is outstanding. There were still some huckleberries left.

hiking
7 months ago

I could not find the trail head using the directions on All Trails. Had to give up due to time. Too bad - was looking forward to the hike. A check on Google maps suggests that All Trails directed me down the wrong dirt road. There is no cell coverage, so make sure you have the right road before you get out there.

hiking
7 months ago

I completed this hike in late September. The color of the autumn leaves, and the scent in the air, was magical!

Think of this as two different hikes. The hike from the beginning of the trail head to the waterfall is a relatively easy hike with smooth paths, easy inclines, and nothing daunting for the casual hiker. The hike from the waterfall to the lake is a bit more challenging. About 20 meters from the waterfall, there is a trail heading eastward up the mountain. You might miss it at first, because you are looking at the AWESOME waterfall ahead. The trail is a switchback with some considerable elevation gain from the waterfall to the lake. The views from this point on are just amazing! The lake and surrounding mountains are stunningly beautiful.

I was hiking alone, and met a black bear coming down the trail. I moved aside, and it moved aside, and we got past each other without incident. (This is a grizzly habitat, so you might bring some bear spray and leave your picnic basket at home.)

The hike from the waterfall to the lake is well worth the effort to get to the top. This hike is going on to my list of favorites.

hiking
7 months ago

Super fun hike ! For sure steep but worth it once you get to the top. My sister and I did it in about two hours. We saw six goats (: Beautiful views. Driving there was easy if you follow the signs.. All dirt/rock heading into the trail so make sure you have a car that can drive that!

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail. The first portion is very steep, but the switchbacks are more forgiving as you climb higher. Under tree cover first several miles. I saw a mama and her kid and another goat who wanted to hang out on the top. Great hike, knees are feeling it the next day

Challenging and very rewarding once you reach the top

Went yesterday it was awesome no goats 6667feet that was a killer but well worth it trail was easy to fallow Huckleberry still on way up high on the trail .

The views were amazing! we saw 6 mountain goats on top. Met a nice couple. A great day!

hiking
8 months ago

Extreme.... Good luck!