Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Kootenai 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.

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snow
20 days ago

Waterfall and mine were 3.2 miles by our calculations. Beautiful hike with light snow but totally hikeable. This is an old road to waterfall. Not a single track trail

hiking
1 month ago

Short easy nature trail to a waterfall. Easy access on forest road. We hiked it at the beginning of October and did not see anybody while on the walk.

hiking
1 month ago

hiked 10/10/19. top 1/3 of trail has snow on it, but we just hiked it in hiking boots. 360° views are stunning!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy beautiful hike to an amazing waterfall!

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rocky
2 months ago

Likes the hike up to Lake Estelle. LOVED Lake Estrelle, beautiful cold colorful water surrounded by pure nature. Luckily I READ the reviews and wore pants since there are a lot of parts that are bushy. Could not resist to pick huckleberries on the way back close to parking lot. The last 3-4 miles to the parking lot was absolutely rocky. Absolutely NOT recommended for a normal street car has to be a 4wd or SUV like. I put some pics to this review.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this last fall. Beautiful hike for fall colors. Good incline the last 1.5 miles

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bugs
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike and Lake.

over grown
3 months ago

Wear pants the bushes are blocking a lot of the trail. It was beautiful and about 5.7 Mike's. FYI it is about a 45 minute drive up trestle creek to the trail head.

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bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

We combined Pillick with Star Peak which ended at about 16 mi total, 5200 elevation gain.

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bugs
snow
4 months ago

Hiked this In May. Ticks were everywhere. The first water crossing was tough. It took some time to figure out how to do it. There were some slender logs laid over it. Found out I just had to side step on the lower branch, and use the upper as a hand hold. It was pretty easy going after that. Once you hit the old mine carry on up. It was snowed over in some places so it takes time to make sure your footing is good. Lots of flowers. Great views. The lake is a great place to chill and worth the hike. We saw mountain goats high in the mountain. Keep your eyes peeled. Take your time and wear long pants. Ticks are everywhere.

My husband and I enjoyed this hike. We felt it is somewhere between easy and moderate. It took us a few minutes to catch our breath at the beginning because of the elevation. There is a lot of brush in places on the trail but passable. There are spectacular views, lots of flowers blooming. We encountered quite a few mosquitos and only a few other people. Very peaceful and beautiful. Bring bear spray.

Great cool hike through the Big Cedars, fun creek crossings, and a great workout steep climb up! Did not make the waterfall, but it was a great hike anyway!

hiking
4 months ago

Great little hike, the stream and trails were very nice, the benches were in great condition for the older folks to take a break along the route. Pet friendly area too.

hiking
4 months ago

Very steep in the beginning - it levels off a little toward the end. Note that even in AllTrails, there are recordings for both the older Big Eddy trail that begins off of Fatman Rd as well as the newer trail that is wide enough for an ATV until half way up. Either way, the views from the top are INCREDIBLE!!! You can see the Clark Fork, Noxon Dam, Pend Orielle, and even Bull lake on the other side! Well worth the effort!

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bugs
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

this trail kicked my booooty!! complete incline the entire way, really overgrown, downed trees...but the views are WORTH IT!! don’t do this on an empty tummy, bring snacks and plenty of water. don’t forget your bear spray. also, if you have gaiters, bring them. my socks, pants and shoes were completely soaked from random rain. lots of ticks and mosquitos. cedar groves and wildflowers galore.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail! Just a couple patches of snow at the top still. Very easy and fun hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Lots of mud and snow at the beginning and end. But very beautiful lake

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked to the lookout on June 9th. Perfect weather. Trail is easily manageable but there’s a lot of growth so the trail is narrow in sections, so if you go early gaiters will help to keep you dry. A lot of flowers and mosquitos, and ticks! Snow about the last 50 yards but just follow the scree field. Saw several snakes, grouse, rabbit and fresh bear scat. No other hikers out. Very nice hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike if you like a good work out. The trail was clear up to the last 1/4 mile but you could go up the scree field to find the lookout vs trying to find the trail through the snow. Only one other group who were bird watchers. The few downed trees were easy to cross.

off trail
over grown
washed out
5 months ago

Beautiful hike, the falls were worth the effort. Some advice when trying to find the trail. Once you leave the nature trail, keep the Bull river on your left. The map shows 2 different river crossings but if you wait to cross the Bull river until after Ross Creek joins it, the trail is easier to follow. Once you cross the Bull river, you have to backtrack to where Ross Creek joins it. Keep Ross Creek on your LEFT as you follow it up. The trail to the falls is not much more than a game trail but once you find it, you'll be good.

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bridge out
bugs
5 months ago

Give yourself 45 min from the Hwy to the trailhead. 4 stars only because the trailhead needs a high clearance vehicle to get to AND because the first stream crossing bridge is out. We found a way across some conveniently placed logs. The rest was a piece of cake. It’s 3.25 miles to the mine and falls. We didn’t continue to the lake due to incoming heavy rain. Bring your bear spray. There were grizzlies photographed just east of here on the other side of the hill. We found lots of morel mushrooms! Be careful though, this time of year there are LOTS of ticks! They were on me, my gear, and afterward, in my car.

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