Explore the most popular birding trails near Bonners Ferry with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Trail is fairly easy to follow. We got different mileage. About 2.5 miles one way. Lake is pretty. Didn't get to see the views and got some rain and sleet on the top.

Great hike with rewarding views!!!

on Copper Falls Trail

1 month 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.

I’ve hiked this trail my whole life as a kid and teen. It was fun to take my family to the rock waterslides. We took our 7 year old who hiked in and out the whole way. We took our 4 year old who needed to. E carried part of the way. The trail is totally doable for a family with little kids. There are many creeks to cross even one that’s knee deep in late August. We hike in water shoes to avoid putting hiking boots on and off. The trail head is easy to find and it’s a great easy hike to the slides and waterfall.

nature trips
2 months ago

Only a mile from u.s. border!

Enjoyable trail!

backpacking
2 months ago

My husband and I backpacked into West Fork Lake this last weekend for 3 days! We camped at the lake and we also hiked up the ridge to the fire tower! Incredible views. The tower is unstable, do not climb it. It would have been cool to go up top, but the bottom steps were all torn out. Flies and mosquitoes were bad, but Sawyer bug lotion seemed to work. I think I only had two bites! So quiet and perfect up there and hope to return in the near future! Worth every moment!

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. You have to hike up the logging road past the locked gate about 1.3 miles to the trailhead. Some downed trees over trail but easy to maneuver over. Still a lot of water running across the trail if you have dogs. Beautiful views. Bring bug spray!

Fun easy family hike with lots of places to splash and play.

trail running
3 months ago

excellent running trail. Scenic and peaceful

hiking
3 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.

Beautiful hike! Easy, marked, and offers some of the best scenic views! Once you hit the rock slides you can keep going up to a beautiful waterfall! We do this hike EVERY year.

backpacking
3 months ago

This is great trail. Yes you go through where they logged but once past that the trail is awesome. There still snow in the upper elevations but when it’s 60 out it’s a lot of fun.
Both lakes are amazing. They have their own beauty. I highly recommend this hike!

on Copper Falls Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Short and sweet!

walking
4 months ago

Tried to do it in late May but the road was blocked by a big tree and big snow patch.

backpacking
11 months ago

Hiked to the lake with the Boy Scout Troop for a quick 1 day/1 night trip. We had anticipated having some spotty snow on the ground at the lakes, and hoped to do some rock climbing practice in the area. However, we hit the snow line less than 1/2 mile into the hike and were looking at 8-10 inches by the time we reached the lakes. The biggest surprise was that the lake was quite solidly frozen over already.
We had to break trail through the snow on the way up, but we found it pretty easy to follow the route. Plenty of bridges over the marshy areas and orange ribbons showed the way. The temperature ranged from the upper 20s to the upper 50s while we were out, so the snow was soft and wet during the daylight hours, and frozen over during the night. Majestic views of the mountains and beautiful landscape made this a worthwhile outing.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Flat, easy trail but pretty boring when compared to some of the other incredible trails nearby. I won't go back but glad I did it once.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

great trail for the beginer to advanced. Beautiful scenery and a wonderful lake

backpacking
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Enjoyed our two night backpacking trip to the lake. Good fishing and even a few local wildlife to watch play. the addition of the bear pole is a nice touch to keep you and your food safe.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

I did this on 7/15 as a day hike. The first 1,5 miles is on a dusty logging road. Once on the trail, it's mile after mile dense huckleberry bushes and forest. It finally starts to open up near the top of the ridge. The cirque holding both lakes is large and much nicer than the trail getting there. The way out went fast except for the last 1.5 miles on the sun baked dusty logging road.

Also, the GPS directions to the trailhead took me on a lengthy route on terrible roads. If you do this hike use the driving route as in Rich Landers' book 100 hikes in the inland NW I took that way out. Much nicer.

This is one I won't repeat.

Oh. The GPS trail tracking feature on the downloaded map worked great! I used it all day. I never would have found the trail without it. And it used almost no battery life. It was great. Thanks for that feature !!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

This is no longer a trail. They decided to log the area and ruin it. I drove out on 7/12/17. And the start of the trail is now a gated rough dirt road marked for logging and says trail closed.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Since moving here, this has become a regular trail. Very easy way to get 4 flat miles into our daily routine on this very level, easy trail. Careful as sometimes during the year- especially late summer and fall- there are moose on this trail quite frequently. Great spot to see ant mounds (please don't destroy them- this is the refuge and everything here is protected!) and teach your kids about them and their colonies. Birds are everywhere, though you may need to stop to hear over the crunching of leaves and gravel! It is NOT dog friendly as some people have said the signs very clearly state this. I have requested for the dog friendly tag to be removed from this. Enjoy!

hiking
Sunday, January 01, 2017

I decided to make this my last hike of 2016. I did it in a snowstorm, with snowshoes. I managed about 8 miles before my legs had enough. This is a hardcore trail in the snow. What a wonderful trail to end out my hiking year!

Before you make this hike, do a bit of research. Study the map before driving to the trail head. There are rivers, streams, alpine lakes, mountains, and abundant wildlife to see on this hike. This would be a fantastic camping / hiking trail in fairer weather.

I plan to come back in the spring, and will be prepared to make this a two-day hike.

trail running
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

This is a great trail for running! We would run it all the time for XC practice. there is not very much elevation and high chances of running into wildlife. It over looks deep creek for a portion of the trail. There is not alot of great sights but still worth the time to explore.

camping
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

beautiful. looks like an Asian rock garden. worth every step.

hiking
Monday, September 21, 2015

This was our first hiking trail in the Bonners area and we loved it! The drive out was beautiful, but took a while and you need to pay attention to the mileage when you need to turn on the dirt roads because they are not marked! Also, about two miles before the trail there is another trail marker for a different trail which we almost went to. Once you get to the trail, the signage is clearly market Two Mouth Lakes. To get to the lakes it took us about 3 hours with rests. 95 percent of the trip to the lakes us UP HILL. There are amazing vistas and views once on the top of the ridgeline right before you descent to the lakes. In our opinion we liked the lake to the left, but its all a mater of opinion. Both are beautiful. The walk back was a relief as it was mostly downhill which was a relief because we were very tired. I would recommend taking gear to camp and planning for long rests at the lake. We had a blast!

hiking
Friday, September 11, 2015

Great hike with lots of views of the surrounding peaks! Be aware though that this hike, unlike all the others I have done in the Selkirks, does not have a bear box for food storage (that I was able to find). I camped at the 2nd (larger) lake, but I would say they are equal in terms of views. I used google maps to find the driving route and it got me right there, the trail is also well labeled for parking. Cheers!

hiking
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Flat, unable to see the Creek.

hiking
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

This hike is stunning! I have done a lot of hiking in the NW and this one is one of the best I have done in Idaho. I have hiked it twice now, and plan on hiking it once or twice a year every year. The views of the granite mountains on the way up and once you get there are just amazing. You hike up to a saddle and descend to the lakes. If you want my advice, go to the upper lake first. Pass the lower lake and just keep following the trail. Once you are done exploring the upper lake, find the creek that leaves the lake toward the lower lake. There is a trail you can follow through a meadow all the way to the lower lake following a beautiful creek. The views of the mountains from this creek are stunning and create some of the best photo opps on the whole hike. I have uploaded photos from both hikes so you can see what it looks like. Also, one other tip. If you really want to experience all this hike has to offer, when you get to the saddle heading toward the lakes, take a right into the bushes and keep following the little trail. You will be lead out to the ridge, great views! Keep following the ridge to the top. It looks intimidating, but it's more than doable. There are some area you will need to rock climb a bit (we did it with no equipment) but it's so incredibly worth it when you get to the top. There is another lake that can be seen, not sure of the name. There is a lot to experience here, definitely worth hiking more than once!

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