Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

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.

nature trips
2 months ago

Only a mile from u.s. border!

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.

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!

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 (-;

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Doable for experienced kids ages 7+, but there are some sketchy areas to cross, and the trail is very steep in sections. The view is totally worth it, and the water is refreshing! No fish were biting on our trip, but 3-4 groups climbing after us had their gear along also.

Out and back was about three hours, including 40 mins or so enjoying the view.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty steep on the way up, but every foot of this trail is beautiful and majestic! When you get to the lake, you will not be disappointed. And yes, there are fish up there!

4 months ago

The road in is good, and the trail is short to one amazing alpine lake. Enjoy!

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this on 6/6/18. What a gorgeous lake and surrounding mountains! The road to the trailhead is nice, I think it's maybe been recently fixed. There is no snow on the trail, and the lake is beautiful with some ice still floating around. The trail is definitely steep and there is quite a bit of rock scrambling up towards the top(more than I thought there would be) but it's soooo worth it. Mountain goats frequent the area all the time. We saw hair all along the trail. We only saw 3 up on the mountainside though. We had the whole place to ourselves. It's amazing.

on Copper Falls Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Short and sweet!

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