Pyramid and Ball Lakes Trail

MODERATE 6 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.

5.8 miles
1561 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


nature trips

trail running





3 days ago

road is closed due to washout

7 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!

8 months ago

Good hike with good friends, and family!

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.

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.

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.