Explore the most popular walking 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.

hiking
16 days 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

19 days 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

Great hike!

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
2 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
2 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
2 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
3 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
3 months ago

Short and sweet!

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome spring view of falls. Well worth the wading through the crowd of people kids & dogs to get to the “real” hike. No snow in trail today. You must be comfortable in using GPS because several spots you need to go “off trail” to find a log to walk across to get across the creeks.

This is one of the most memorable hikes by far!!! It starts in the parking lot your amazed by the view of the trail head “seriously breathtaking!!” Trail is clear and easy to navigate....until! Haha we ran into snow the trail disappeared luckily my wife noticed one other persons “footprints” going in. The snow was hard packed but at least 3 ft deep in some areas. I am 200 lbs my wife is 105 and got a kick out of me kept falling into holes up to my knees! We went about another mile in total of 2.5 at this time my wife had an encounter with a cow moose she spooked it ran to me and it ran up the hill after coming towards her. Lots of fallen cedars to take cover at this time we jumped on one and waited 10 minutes after we went back on trail at this time roughly 2.7 miles in the trail is washed out from the creeks over run from snow. We got to the final creek crossing and couldn’t cross due to the time we had and how high the water was. We returned back easy to back track with our foot marks in the snow. We got back. Will deff do this hike again. Highly recommend if you want to do all that you wait until at least end of may to middle of June. 5 stars for the views!

Nice easy hike

Great with the kids!

6 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.

6 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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...

nice hike, trail hasn't been worked on this year.

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.

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