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Beautiful lush shady forest. The old growth cedars and hemlocks with gigantic ferns were amazing. The trail had a few down trees on the way there, but all the stream crossings except for 1 had very nice bridge/walkways on them. The trail crew came by the morning we were heading out and did a fantastic job clearing the trail of the down trees we encountered the day before. From the junction of trails #28 and #308 to the falls the trail crew said was pretty rough (which we thought was perfectly fine) but they said they had plans to work on it later this season in September. The waterfall was nice, but the trail itself was the highlight for my family. Enjoyed this hike VERY much!
Oh, and THANK YOU to the previous reviewer who told where the campsites were on the trail. It helped so much knowing mile points and where we could stop. 0.6 miles, 1.9 miles, 3.6 miles, 2 spots at 7 miles and 2 spots at the base of the falls. (The mile 7 campsites were much better than the base of the falls in our opinion)

hiking
7 days 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.

12 days ago

Beautiful hiking trail and Lake!

hiking
15 days ago

Unseasonably cool for July, but that meant No Bugs...50 degrees and cloudy. Possibly also the reason we pretty much had the trail to ourselves.

Although we didn’t make it to the top- the avalanche snow field at the halfway point didn’t bode well for us since we did not have crampons, yak tracks or snow shoes- and we sunk about 2 feet into the snowfield- we did enjoy the hike to that point because no bugs and no people are a great combination!

Lower part of the trail to Pyramid Lake was quite easy....it seems much steeper heading up to Ball Lake.

Even short hikes provide opportunities to explore new places and the beauty of the alpine lake and the wilderness... definitely worth another trip to make it to the Ball Lakes at the top!

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.

My favourite hike!!! Super easy too.

My favourite hike!!! Super easy too.

hiking
22 days ago

Great trail and the ranking is accurate - moderate. The falls are BEAUTIFUL and I jumped in for a great photo op!

backpacking
23 days 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!

Love this hike, this is my first backpacking trip every year for the last 4 years. Very pretty and easy. Usually at least several downed trees to work around, but nothing too bad. Very well used and established trail. Be sure to make plenty of noise while you’re out. I usually run into black bears every year, and have seen a grizzly out here once.

backpacking
1 month ago

For those in Spokane who think you have to drive all the way to the Olympics or the North Cascades for giant trees and ferns fear not! Just 2.5 hrs from Spokane is Upper Priest River trail 308 to American Falls. It is 8 miles in through the US portion of the only snow-fed inland rainforest in the world!

The trail gains a little over 700 feet over its 8 miles, with most of that being in the last mile before the falls. There are established campground sites at 0.6, 1.9, 3.6, 2 at 7.0 miles and a few just at the base of the falls (though these are flooded at the moment due to high snow melt).

The trail has recently been updated with lots of new bridges over creeks and muddy sites (maybe end of last season) and there are bundles of wood all along the trail indicating more updates are to follow. There are well over a dozen downed trees across the trail, telling me FS has not yet been through, but the trees are easy enough to get around.

Overall, the trail is mostly flat with some ups and downs here and there. The scenery changes a fair amount, walking through ferns and next to 10ft trees, even a couple of swamps and about 6 creek/river crossings. There are definitely signs of wildlife (We saw bear, wolf, deer, elk and Caribou tracks).

Stay safe and enjoy! Also, if anyone does this trail and finds a size 8 steel men’s wedding band around mile 3.3/3.4...you know where to find me...

on Copper Falls Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Short and sweet!

walking
1 month ago

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

backpacking
8 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.

Great trail, views and lakes that are seen vs the effort to get to them is unmatched in the area. Starting to have a little snow cover and we saw a bunch of small black bear tracks on the trail.

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

I gave this a 5 just because we took a off the beaten path up to the top of the ridge for some outstanding views. It wasn't easy (recording) and not recommend for the beginner hiker its steep and a bit hairy in a couple spots. The main trail is in great shape and is a nice little hike with good views and three lake all in a few miles.

Very easy hike for the 1.5 miles to Pyramid Lake. We had to turn around near the top of the switchbacks before Ball as the days are getting shorter. Spectacular views from these switchbacks and here the grade is moderate. Last mile to TH is rough. Don't need 4WD but low slung cars may lose an oil pan. Still had plump huckleberries despite bushes turning red for fall.

Great trail, has had a lot of quality work done recently to bridge some of the mud and there are big trees all the way to the falls. This one is enjoyable the whole way not just a destination hike. Not sure if they will remove it but the cover photo for this hike is not the American falls, it's granite falls by Roosevelt grove

backpacking
10 months ago

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.

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!

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
11 months 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

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

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.

backpacking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

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

road is closed due to washout

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.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

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!

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