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Stevens Lakes Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mullan, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.0 mi Elevation gain 1,824 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Snowshoeing

Forest

Lake

Views

Waterfall

Wildlife

Rocky

Washed out

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This hike includes areas of traversing over rock slides, making it somewhat technical. The views are worth the effort!

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Tom Whin
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HikingGreat!

We did the hike to lower Stevens on Thursday Aug 6. The trail was in excellent shape and huckleberries were aplenty. We filled a couple of baggies on the way down. No one else was at the lower lake when we stopped there to eat and then start back down. A few couples did pass us as we were descending. This hike gets decent usage since the trailhead is pretty close to I-90. The road though is rough in spots and a low slung car would for sure have problems with the potholes and deep ruts. Best views are from the wide open talus slopes on the final approach to the lake. One of the better alpine lake hikes on the ID/MT border. Strava indicated 2.7 mi and 1600 ft elevation gain to the lower lake.

Laura Ellen Smith
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BackpackingGreat!
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Kai Reed
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THE TRACK BETWEEN LOWER & UPPER LAKE IS WRONG! Do not try to follow this track past the lower lake. Instead follow the trail around the lower lake & keep going to the east/left around the lake, do not turn right. Too many people have tried to follow this track so there is a tail being formed but it doesn't go to the upper lake, only to a mud bog where you have to turn around. Just keep left on the lake shoreline (even if you have to hike thru a campspot) until you come to the creek that connects the 2 lakes. Cross the creek to the real trail. It's a gorgeous hike, really steep but well worth it.

Claire Israel
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HikingBugsRocky

This was definitely a HARD hike, but so worth it! The wildflowers are blooming right now, so it is extra colorful. Bugs are out, we had to apply bug spray a few times to keep ourselves from getting bitten too badly. The waterfalls are absolutely gorgeous. We only made it to the lower lake, but that one was super pretty. The trail going around the lake was a little washed out in some places, so best be cautious. I would 100% recommend making the small climb down to explore the second waterfall on the way up. It is incredible!

Jonathan Steinmetz
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HikingBugsGreat!Rocky

I loved this trail. Perfect balance of effort and reward. You'll definitely do some work but the payoff is worth it. Though I think the map is incorrect in a spot - the path from the lower lake to the upper. I had to do a ton of bushwacking to follow the map. Stick with what others are saying -- follow the lower lake shoreline left around.

Al Pena
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BackpackingGreat!Rocky

Great Hike! The packed trail was easy to follow, it indeed gets steep in some places and watching your footing is advised, there many loose rocks on most of the trail. Having a set of Trekking poles was an advantage especially going back downhill and crossing the creek just before the approach to the shale switchback. I did spot a Pika as I was coming out of the shale part of the trail. He was just a few feet from away, what a cute little fellow! I backpacked in stayed for one night, I am 60 years old and it was a challenge but taking it easy, stopping often to hydrate and enjoy the incredible beauty was worth the effort. There were many nice spots to camp at Lower Stevens Lake. Lower Stevens Lake is breathtaking. It looked to me as if there was still a little snow on Stevens Peak. the bowl that holds Lower Stevens Lake changes in beauty as the sun travels across the sky, staying the night to see the morning sunlight come across the lake was worth the overnight stay.

Teresa Knight
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Great!Scramble

Great trail! Went there on a Wednesday and started up around 7 AM. Summited Stevens Peak, great wildflowers right now. Only saw 2 other people on the trail.

Brittany Puckett
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HikingRocky

This trail is very packed down and clear to see, almost a road most of the time. However, it is extremely steep and there’s some rocky terrain. I’m 25 years old in great shape and boy did my knees hurt coming downhill on the steep grade going back down! BE AWARE many trails will jut off and could get confusing so just keep going uphill and follow trail 165 signs and the blue markers on the trees or download TopoMaps. Fortunately, I had service most of the hike. The lakes are absolutely breaktaking, especially since the wildflowers are in full bloom. There’s even a bunch of huckleberries yet to be picked. If you go to Upper Stevens Lake make sure to stick to the hard pack trail on the east side of the creek connecting the two. The west trail disappears into an impossible Bush wack. We got confused because people in hammocks blocked the trail. Don’t be that guy. There’s many waterfalls, and if you’re feeling froggy I know of some folks who finish the hike by climbing Stevens Peak. Enjoy! Have fun!

Steven Corbridge
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Hiking

wow, what a hike. kicked my butt yet the views and scenery was amazing. im notnin the best of shape but I did it in 4 hrs, with multiple breaks going up and down. fair amount of ppl camping too.

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Jeremiah Garza
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HikingBugsRocky
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Gabriella De Martini
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HikingBugsRocky

Backpacked in, we made 2.8 miles from the trail head to the first lake. Lots of backpacking sites, beautiful lake, beautiful views during hike. Difficult on the way up with a pack but doable.

Amber Kroner
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HikingBugs

Great trail! Took us 2.8 miles to get to the first lake. Lots of campsites up there.

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Ben Bb
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Hiking

Short but steep hike up to two beautiful lakes. The trail as marked is incorrect for the path between Lower Stevens and Upper Stevens - you actually want to cross the creek between the two and go on the east side of the creek, that’s much easier.

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Samantha Bunn
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HikingRocky

Beautiful trail. I was unable to go too far due to asthma but the bit that I did was nice. Steep rocky inclines to begin the trail. Levels out slightly then continues with the inclines.

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Emma Tuck
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Kevin Graham
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Hiking

Perfect day. Water at lower Stevens felt great. Will come back another day to summit Stevens peak. A little tough for our 6 year old, but the older kids did great.

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Toni Bee
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BackpackingGreat!Scramble

Backpacked for 2 days at the second lake (keep going around the *right* of the first lake for ~15 minutes to get to Lake #2!). Super groovy waterfall to the left immediately before you reach Lake #1 campsites. Saw so many fish jump and the bugs never bothered me! A bit tough to find firewood and Stevens Peak is a pain in the buns to climb.

Jacob Bartholomew
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful hike! Ended up being 6 miles because we got a bit turned around after the first lake. A bit muddy but nothing too bad. Lots of shade and beautiful flowers. Make sure to stop by the waterfall about 1.5 miles in on your left, it’s worth the scramble down!

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Andrew Gifford
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Hiking

Absolutely stunning hike. Uphill is completely worthwhile to reach the lakes. The path up to the second lake does not fully match the trail. There’s an insanely beautiful waterfall about .25 or so miles before the first lake. Definitely go down and check it out.

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