North Kootenai Lake is a 20.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stevensville, Montana that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is best used from July until September.
It was a very cold day for a hike (9 degrees), but the trail was beautiful hiking in the snow. The snow depth is minimal, with a couple of stretches of ice that warrants using cleats to be safe. I would also suggest taking hiking poles to provide additional balance going down hills. I made it to where the trail ascends to the lakes before turning around. The frozen waterfalls along the creek were amazing!
Only hiked the first four miles. Nice creek with plenty of spots to chill. Nice views of the surrounding canyon. Ended up stopping where I could see a peak at the very end of the valley. Looking forward actually making it to the lake.
Easy trail, great scenery and fishing was great after the first 4 miles.
Nice easy meander through beautiful vistas and scapes.
Trail was great follows right on the water for the first 1.5 miles.
It was a challenge with a full pack. Went during peak runoff season and the creek crossings were intense! Took some time. 10.5 hours to the center lake. Grand time all in all
My favorite hike in the bitterroot!
really enjoyed this hike. the creek was beautiful with plenty of sitting opportunities to enjoy the sounds and the rushing waters.
one day im going to the lakes