Pyramid and Ball Lakes Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews
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Pyramid and Ball Lakes Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bonners Ferry, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1561 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

lake

views

wildlife

hiking
1 day ago

Hiked with 3year old and it was very manageable for him to hike. Some steep/rocky parts, and it took us about 1 hour to hike the 1.25 miles to Pyramid Lake. Want to return and camp!

hiking
13 days ago

I have only been to Pyramid Lake, and I enjoyed the trail to the lake, despite it being on the short side. I would recommend that overnight campers avoid camping on the side of the lake where the stream empties out, as it is semi swampy and we ran into bug problems in our camp. I recommend that people with a proper level of fitness follow the switchback that climbs the mountain above Pyramid lake. The views are impressive, and the rock formations at that level are quite unique. Beware of slick rock and steep drop offs at higher altitude in this area. Looking up from the lake , its obvious the potential danger, as there is massive rockfall from the mountain top to the lake, but it can be deceptive once you start climbing. Also, the access road is on the rocky side, so careful driving would be warranted. Parking is limited at trailhead, so it is highly recommended you try to arrive early in the day, or early on a weekend to avoid potential fines or lack of parking.

backpacking
13 days ago

This is a great place to go backpacking. We went to upper Ball lake and had the whole lake to ourselves. A lot of smoke down in the valley from wild fires but it was clear and beautiful up at Ball

17 days ago

All the lakes up in this area are gorgeous. Trail is a bit short, but great views. Ball Lakes were great for a swim.

backpacking
1 month ago

Stayed at Ball lake, hiked the overlook ridge. Patches of snow.

2 months ago

road is closed due to washout

hiking
9 months ago

On this 5th day of November, the road to the trail head was frosty, but manageable. The trail to Pyramid lake had about 6 inches of snow on it, and also had flowing streams of water in other places. It was a bit of a slippery walk, but the hike to Pyramid Lake was not too difficult to complete. The trail from Pyramid Lake to Ball Lakes was an entirely different story. The snow was about 1 foot deep at the beginning, averaged about 2 feet most of the way, and in some places got waist deep. I thrust my 3-1/2 foot hiking pole into it, and didn't hit bottom. The views were stunningly beautiful. However, I would say the trail is probably snowed in for the the rest of the year. Don't try it without snow gear!

camping
10 months ago

Good hike with good friends, and family!

camping
Monday, July 28, 2014

6710 feet in elevation, nestled against the spine of the Selkirk Mountains, is Upper Ball Lake. Beneath it, Lower Ball and Pyramid Lakes. Peaceful is all I can say about this hike. The hike is moderately easy. It is an actively used trail. Mind yourself on Trout Creek Road heading up the the trail head; the road is 9 1/2 miles and gets pretty rough near the end. Make sure your vehicle has decent clearance. Fishing is great, with each lake being planted with a plethora of Cutthroat Trout. If you can, climb up the rest of the mountain to the top crest. The view is phenomenal. The scenery seems like something you would have to hike multiple days into. Thank the Hiking Lords for having this wonderful area in my backyard.

hiking
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

This is a short moderate trail with so much to offer. It seems much longer than it's short distance because it has such variety. First of July there is usually snow on the trail between Pyramid and Ball Lakes along a steep area. When you get to Lower Ball Lake go past the lake and over the outlet, follow the faint trail up the hill to top the ridge where there is a beautiful lookout down the Selkirk's. This is a busy trail and shares a trailhead with other trails. The parking is restricted so go early on weekends. We hike a lot and this is one of our favorite short trails.

hiking
Friday, October 14, 2011

Very nice trail to Pyramid Lake through forest.. fairly easy. Trail up to Ball Lakes is a little more demanding, but it has very nice views of Pyramid Lake. Fishing isn't that great, but these are nice alpine lakes. This is grizzly bear country though.. carry bear spray. Access via Trout Creek.