Explore the most popular hiking 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.

Easy hike that ends at cool suspension bridge. Dog was a bit spooked by the bridge but with some good treats and encouragement, she did it.

Amazing, wish we would have come to this trail first. It's definitely worth it.

You get to see water for most of the hike, the trail also starts out paved.

View from the bridge is also spectacular.

backpacking
26 days ago

Awesome trail, long hike but gradual climb. We stayed two nights at upper cedar lake and enjoyed the views from Dome Mountain.

The hike itself is very beautiful and serene.

Potential to see Bears as we saw some scat on the trail as we hiked.

I would definitely recommend mud or hiking boots, as there are small streams that run through the trail at different spots. Bring a change of socks and proper footwear etc.

Very secluded when we went but there was one other car parked at the base.

Also its a rough ride to get to the trail, so be prepared for about 25 min of unpaved road.

Would definitely agree it's an experienced to moderate path.

1 month ago

Fantastic hike. Certainly a tad sketchy in places. At the waterfall look for the arrow pointing up what amounts to a very steep rock slide. Go slow and watch your footing. Bear sign was on the trail so be prepared with some spray and make noise. The lake was wonderful and I could have spent all day just sitting there. I would do it again!

hiking
1 month ago

If you are afraid of heights like me, this is not the hike for you. After the waterfall there are some really sketchy areas in the trail and one area that is very dangerous to pass. I almost turned back at this point because I couldn't see a way to the other side and I was paralyzed by fear. Thankfully, my hiking partner coached me through this section on the way up and down. I am glad that I ditched my pack and worked through my fear, because the lake was beautiful. However, I will never do this hike again.

hiking
1 month ago

The area is open to the public, You have to enter the area through Rabbit Creek Road. Doing so takes you down to the hiking trail head as well as the boat launch. The local community has made some improvements to the trail and it is now a full loop, not an out and back. Much of the trail is well inland from the lake so you can't see the lake the whole time but you do get regular views of the small but very pretty lake, The trail is only a few miles long so I would call it a fairly short and easy hike, but a nice one. Well worth a stop if you are looking for an easy and pretty couple of hours.

Beautiful day and a beautiful lake. Well worth the drive and well worth the hike to see the prize at the top. Kind of surprised to see so many dogs off leashes even if the sign says they should be on them

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike this trail 8/26/2018. So worth the hike to see the lake, but we did run into a bear.

on Copper Falls Trail

1 month ago

Terrific short hike to the falls. Even in September you can still enjoy the 150 ft drop off the falls. Nice interactive signs along the walk. Good for kids, no real tripping hazards so you can enjoy the walk.

One my favorite hikes in Montana, bonus if you can scramble to the top and look from Ksanka ridge!

gorgeous hike especially early in the morning.

nature trips
2 months ago

Only a mile from u.s. border!

Another example of why it’s so easy to fall in love with the Cabinet Mountains!! Hiked the Geiger Lakes using trail #656 (Forest Service provides good local maps). This is a different trail than the one featured on AllTrail. I picked this one because TH was just a few miles from the outstanding Lake Creek Campground (huge sites, bear lockers, loads of privacy, remote, beautiful). MANY trails leading to and around the Geiger Lake area. Beautiful trails, primarily forested, cool in the summer, fairly well maintained, overgrown in some places. Numerous wildfires made the air Smokey and brown unfortunately. Still absolutely worth doing! Highly recommend this trail and others nearby! It is deep in both black bear and Grizzly country so don’t forget bear spray.

Most definitely ‘moderate’ — not ‘hard’. It’s all a steady gradual climb in beautiful forest: lots of shade, stream always close by, beautiful flowers and mushrooms. To me it was all about the journey up and less about the lakes at the end. I should say, lake views were tainted by recent/on-going wildfire smoke. Bottom line: if you’re in the area, DO IT! Totally worth a day of your life!!

The nature loop and the first part of the hike (till the passing of the 2 rivers) are really worth to do amongst the giant cedars. The second part was much less attractive with a very steep path full of high blue flowers. As the sky was very hazy with the smog (from fires), we did not make it to the end and went back from 1 mile of the final creek. Our GPS measured a 12K hike. A bear was seen the day before.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike. Make sure you don’t stop at the upper lake and make the extra hike up the ridge overlooking both lakes, the views are totally worth it.

If not for the length I’d say it’s a moderate trail, there are very few painfully steep sections and most of it is just a long gradual climb that isn’t bad on the knees. However, I definitely felt it in my legs afterwards so the Hard designation is probably accurate.

Not open. This needs to be updated . A lumber company has bought out the entire area and it’s closed to backpackers.

hiking
2 months ago

A beautiful hike. Very easy and kid friendly. Would love to go back.

Great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a fairly easy hike. The river crossings and the overgrowth make it more difficult than it needs to be. There is a nice campsite next to a waterfall about 2 1/2 miles in. The lake itself is beautiful. It was so clear, I could see the fish swimming in it. It took my daughter and I about three hours to hike to the lake and 2 1/2 hours to get back to the parking lot. I think this app underestimates the distance. It’s more like 13 miles total.

2 months ago

Beautiful lake and there is a waterfall to stop at on the way up. Trail is fairly steep but well worth it!

One of the most beautiful hikes I have ever taken! About halfway through the nature Loop there's a trail that goes off to the right which heads up towards the falls. I was surprised that there were many more Giants Cedars along this Trail also not just down at the nature Loop. I did not make it to the falls this time but hope to do this again sometime soon!

Loved this hike! Easy for the most part. Well worth the view!

Love this trial. Short & sweet with a little thrill (-;

backpacking
3 months ago

This was my second time up to granite lake. I’m so grateful this place isn’t well know yet.

It can be a bit tricky getting there with the river crossings but it is truly one of the most beautiful Alpine Lakes in the entire Northwest.

If anyone gets the chance to bring a machete the last mile is covered in overgrowth.

Have fun!!

Nice Hike, easy with some
views

hiking
3 months ago

It was short, but a little steep. My mother-in-law had a hard time going up, but the reward of the waterfall at the end was awesome, absolutely beautiful! It would have been nice to have some info about the trail at the trail head. All in all, I give it 3/5 stars.

Great easy hike! Beautiful and thankfully only saw a squirrel. Definitely want to do more hikes in this area.

My favorite hike! The views are amazing.

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