Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

6 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

8 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.

9 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.

10 months ago

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 !!

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.

10 months ago

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

road is closed due to washout

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.

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!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Good hike with good friends, and family!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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

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!

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!

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!

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.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Two mouth has beautiful alpine lakes and scenery. View of Harrison Peak. Hiked this twice, once stayed overnight and was sunny and gorgeous. The second it was cool, cloudy and the trail had snow in places and some of the trail pretty muddy (July 4th). Nevertheless, the views as the mist swirled around was awesome. Hiked up to the other lake where the views are equally good but a little wet getting there.

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.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Two mouth lakes is great alpine country, but the lakes were not compatible to others I've hiked to in the area (Harrison Lake). To improve your experience, I would recommend blazing a trail up to the ridge, and enjoy the view from above, and if you have time, ridge-climb to Harrison Peak.
Expect to see moose, and if you stay overnight, the second lake would be my choice.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Once you find the trail head, its a short uphill hike to the lake. Beautiful and during the week it's empty. Good luck fishing, we didn't have any.

2 months ago

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