Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

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

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.

Beautiful view. Including drive and it was well maintained and Very accessible

nature trips
2 months ago

Only a mile from u.s. border!

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!

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

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

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.

It was wonderful just a couple tricky parts like when a tree fell down you had to go off trail.There we’re not ver y many camp sights but they were all very nice.There weren’t very many mosquitoes.The lake and the views were beautiful.We took our pug he did amazing.-Lucy (age 8)

hiking
3 months ago

July 2nd 2018, passable roads recommend four wheel drive. Great hike for families lovely views at the top of lake, gradual climb, easy hike, highly recommended but bear spray.

hiking
3 months ago

A group of us went through Clark fork and tried going to Lake Estelle up Lightning Creek about 8 Miles up the road is closed do to a washout. So we didn't make it in not sure if you can get in through the Trestle Creek route we'll have to try again later.

on Lake Estelle Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail, beautiful lake.
Long drive up a gravel and rock road, about 18 miles. The road is clear of snow and completely navigable today, June 17th. You’ll want a vehicle with some clearance. We were fine in a 2wd F150. The trail is at least 3 miles to Lake Estelle,seemed longer. Trail still has stretches of crusted snow, and plenty of water from melting snow on the trail. We were fine with regular hiking shoes but a waterproof shoe with Trax would be ideal for the next couple of weeks. There were several trees down across the trail. Great dog trail, we brought two. Nice spring flowers along the trail, great views the last 1/3 of the way to Estelle.

The only wildlife we saw was a moose on the drive in the Pack River, a weasel (pine martin?) and a few pikas. Recommend carrying a can of bear spray. Tried a few casts for trout on Lake Estelle, but there was absolutely no action. The lake and views were worth the drive and hike.

on Copper Falls Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Short and sweet!

Nice easy hike

Great with the kids!

7 months ago

Short great with family and when the waters low you can get pretty close to the falls. When we went people were swimming even.

7 months ago

good with family the path is a little rough and narrow sometimes but it's pretty

hiking
Monday, October 16, 2017

This is not a hike that one should go out of the way to do, but it is a nice diversion, if one happens to be passing by. The river and falls are remarkable.

Short but sweet hike along the river...

hiking
Monday, September 11, 2017

Easy trail till the swinging bridge. If you don't do well with Heights look straight ahead walk carefully and breath, but don't run . Respect other people on the bridge and wait for parties to clear the bridge before steeping onto it. it was worth crossing over the bridge for the views, the video my family took might beg to differ with the expressions on my face.

hiking
Monday, September 11, 2017

Nice easy family hike. waterfalls were nice, water was low so we were able to go out on the river across the rocks

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

An easy trail with excellent huckleberries. The lake warms up in late August!

walking
Friday, July 28, 2017

Definite stop to cool off for a short hike, enjoy the falls and grab a snack or drink at the seasonal snack shop. Toilets are available.

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