Looking for a great trail in Kaniksu National Forest, Montana? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, views trails, lake trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Kaniksu National Forest ranging from 4.3 to 20.9 miles and from 2,303 to 7,375 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
1 month ago

January - Mid Winter

Snow: None - Medium

This trail offers pleasant hike down to the shoreline with some beautiful views of lake Pend Oreille.

Along the trail you will find forested groves with cedars and some nice views of jutting rock faces including the final Maidens Rock at the end of the trail.

The trail is mostly flat, and has a steady incline down to the lake, making for a little bit of climb on the return trip. Nothing too strenuous or technical.

The beginning part of the trail was covered in ankle deep snow which eventually turned to ice, making navigating the trail difficult. Nearer the lake the snow\ice disappeared completely.

The main road is very accessible, even a small car could make it during the summer months. This time of year however the road is either covered in snow or ice making passage very risky.

Overall would definitely do again, look forward to giving it a try in the summer.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing trail and amazing view! The scenery on this trail changes so dramatically each mile its phenomenal! We completed this hike in 5 hours and 20 mins, my husband, 9 year old son and I.

We did see a single white mountain goat.

hiking
1 month ago

Very difficult hike. Think it’s closer to 4400 ft of climbing in 4.5 miles to the summit. Incredible views once above the tree line.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was definitely beautiful the view was unfortunately covered in fog. Went on 11/25 and the higher we got, the more snow there was half way there was a foot of snow on the trail and fog as thick as seeing 5ft in front of you. It would have been absolutely gorgeous and I would of gave it five stars if the fog hadn’t covered our views.

Gps takes you the wrong path. A park ranger told us how to get to the peak. If you go by gps it takes you to a mud/rock road full of potholes and a big puddle we couldn’t cross and came back I think it was when gps told us to turn right that took us off track. The real road to the trail is also an unofficial road but at least it has less potholes and its easier to drive in.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing views along most of the trail. The 360 degree view at the top is stunning and well worth the trip.

One of my favorites. It’s 8.8 miles round trip.

hiking
4 months ago

Stunning hike!! Maps took us a little off course. When you get into Clark-Fork, take Main road and just follow it all the way up. It’s mostly unmarked but at one point it looked like Mosquito creek road/university road. Follow it all the way up and there’s a tiny sign on the left side of the road that said Trail 65 with an arrow pointing right. Take that right turn and follow that road. You’ll see two more very subtle signs that look like ‘65’ mile markers. Follow those and you’ll be at the trail! Round trip was a little over 8 Miles. We only saw one goat and there was no snow yet. It was beautiful! We were told to come back in August when the goats are everywhere. Definitely a perfect fall hike!

hiking
4 months ago

This trail has amazing views! We went on a clear, sunny day and was astonished at how much of the valley we could see. The hiking trail is very well-maintained and there is no way you could get lost. When you get to the top it is very windy and cold. I would suggest packing a puff coat in your pack to put on, also having gloves and a hat would be nice. The trail is not very technical but it is a steady incline.
Getting to the trail head however, was a little bit confusing. Once you hit the dirt road just keep looking for the little signs that say trail 65. If you follow those signs you will dead end at the trail head. You go quite a ways on dirt road.
I will definitely make this hike an annual trip!

camping
4 months ago

Dog and I did an overnight hiking and camping trip to Spar Lake. The national forest campsite was nearly abandoned for the season. Great views of the lake and mountain. There is a long barely discernible trail along a creek to Spar Lake. This is a hard hike with lots quick elevation increases.

4 months ago

Did Wanless for the first time in mid-October 2017. Beautiful........ but shoulda had snowshoes! Can’t wait to do this one again!

My Birthday hike. Beautiful day,
good solid incline. Little dicey on top near the edge for me but a nice challenge. Fun rock scrambles and beautiful views!
For a rookie a decent accomplishment. Don't feed the goats! Don't feed your fears. Enjoy!

hiking
4 months ago

I tried to do this hike today, but could not get to the trail head. There was heavy equipment working on the road, and it was closed to outside traffic.

hiking
4 months ago

My favorite hike ! Just when I’m feeling invincible I like to hike this trail just to knock myself down a peg!

hiking
4 months ago

This hike is tough. I’ve done it twice. The second time felt harder than a few years ago and I believe it’s simply because I hadn’t done as many smaller, but incline heavy hikes. It’s steep. I see people say any shoe will work. I would suggest good hiking shoes and socks. I instantly got blisters on my heel from the stepping up of inclines. All being said- it’s beautiful. Awesome views. Well marked trail. We dropped about 20 degrees once we hit the top- take a jacket! Good for dogs (on a leash). I probably wouldn’t recommend this to people who don’t like a tough, rewarding workout hike. No goats seen on our trip.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this trail over Labor Day 2018. Perfect day, 74 degrees and partly cloudy. About 2.5 miles to the waterfall/old mine which is a good place to break for lunch. Mild to moderate trail incline to this location. We continued to the lake and this is where the trail gets steeper, but the views on the way up and the lake are well worth the additional 2.5 miles.

Best hike ever on my birthday.
Unbelievable views. 3 States plus Canada. Would love to do again next year.

hiking
4 months ago

We hiked this in light rain. The leaves are started to turn their autumn colors. I'd say in another week or two, it should be full autumn at Rock Lake. By the way, the hike is just under 10 miles in and out.

hiking
5 months ago

Loved it! Once you start you go up and up and it doesn’t stop till you reach the top. Be sure you start early to allow for rest breaks. The views at the top are well worth the struggle to get there. Once at the top you will be greeted by goats that are eager to lick any rocks you sit on, but be sure bring a coat and maybe hats/gloves because the wind will cut through you and the temps drop a bit. The down hill was much faster but just as difficult. This is where I got the blisters. All in all, can’t wait to do it again.

hiking
5 months ago

Holy Heck!!! This hike was a tough one - but worth every sore muscle. Definitely start early, so you can take lots of well deserved breaks. Goats and scenery were spectacular! The downhill is tougher than the up, (because going down you’re totally exhausted).

This is a great hike. Its straight up and straight down. No flat sections. This is for the well conditioned hiker. Tons of elevation and lots of uneven terain. Most of our party was sore the next day. Training with hills is a good idea first.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a great hike but I don't know what was more challenging going up or coming down. The trail is soon to be over grown by huckleberry bushes darn it and has a lot of down trees and over growth about half way. In some locations the trail is hard to see on the up trip but more visible on the way down. I liked this hike for the challenge and the great views. It has a lot to offer for those who are looking for a little more adventure than the common trails. The only people I saw where a couple bow elk hunters. I'd say around the half way point is when the trail kinda falls apart but its pretty easy just keep going up.
I think the next trip will be up and over to Scotsman and down :)

hiking
5 months ago

Keep following #65 it's a small sign but as long as you follow it it's easy to find. You will be driving on an unpaved road for a little while. Be patient.

You will need a light layer /sweater. It will get cold when it's getting close to the top.

Need good shoes since you will be walking on rocks later on. but no need hiking shoes. I had trail running shoes and they were fine. You will get dirt on your feet for very much 3/4the time. You shouldn't wear sandals!

Definitely, need water and a little snack. I burned 2300 calories with this whole hike! Get some fuel for coming down!

There are two bathrooms only at the trailhead. Yes, toilet paper but No water.

It took us 5:20 for the whole trail. The ”incline” starts right away. It was a real tough hike!!!! But like everyone says, it is worth to see those cute goats and the view. Some parts are shaded but I wouldn't recommend hiking there if it's hotter than 80s.
If you have a knee issue, you will need a pair of knee compressor or brace for when you are going down.
We had a goat on the trail today when we were coming down and he did not move for a while. My friend threw a little rock gently by the goat and he took off. (not at the goats!!)

5 months ago

The trail description is incorrect! It's about 3 1/2 (easy) miles to the waterfall and Heildleberg mine, not sure how many miles (2?) from there to the lake but that is where you will encounter the elevation gain. I've sent Altrails a suggestion to edit the info.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike!!! The smoke obscured some of the awesome views but still totally worth it! The sign said not to harass the goats... they were harassing us! Kept coming back up to us to lick the salt off our skin!

backpacking
6 months ago

This is a stunning hike. Our Garmin recorded 5mi each way. Trail is as described by others. We were able to get there in our Prius, road is rocky and potholed but with care it's doable. There is a camp just before the trailhead on the left that has space and horse hitches. Plenty of room for cars and trailers, no drop toilet at trailhead. There's a few wooded group camps along the way and a spot right by the falls. Camping at the lake is tricky if there are others there. Like others said, cross the creek and there's a rugged trail you can follow, it's pretty overgrown but there are a few other spots. Bring a hammock too for more options, there isn't much flat ground. Lake is great to swim in. The group next to us caught 4 fish. Hang your food. Great hike, only downside is lack of flat ground at the lake.

hiking
6 months ago

Man! The work:reward ratio on this hike sucked! 22 miles. 4,500' climb. 11 miles of jeep track to a view of the lake (no refreshing dip (with or without clothes. We'll never know. But I didn't see a single person on the way up...) with little beside Indian paintbrush and daisies for interest. Knowing I still had to get back to the truck and seeing that I'd have to rush to get back before my battery died, and, more importantly, it looked like another mile and 1,000' of climbing after dropping down to it, I passed, had a couple Fig Newtons, some Cornuts and Gatorade (saving, I guess, my forgotten burrito for post-hike nourishment) and turned around.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful but brutal hike. Trail was well maintained and the views were spectacular. Lots of goats at the top that didn’t try to approach us but were definitely not afraid of humans. Can’t wait to do the hike again. There’s a small campsite toward the top just before the push to the peak that we might try to stay at next time.

Hazy day and not one goat was seen, but still an amazing hike. One lone pika at the top that peaked out to say hello. Heard a bear grunting on our way down, probably about a mile from the trail head, but didnt stick around long enough to see if we could see him. All in all it was a great hike.

At the beginning, I was selfishly bummed knowing the smoke would ruin our view, and it was no fun breathing it in the first half of the incline. But obviously I got over it! This hike is amazing! About half way up, a medium size black bear was sitting in the middle of the trail. He seemed very inconvenienced that we arrived and quickly waddled off and down the mountain side. We waited there a while to make sure there wasn’t another one. The hike is hard, the top is incredible and the mountain goats... are too used to humans :( 3 adults with 1 babe. Take your pictures and continue on your way. What an experience!!

6 months ago

It’s a great trail. Very consistent incline for 4 miles. Trail was in great shape. We saw goat fur! Very smoky so no view

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