Explore the most popular walking 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 for the beginer to advanced. Beautiful scenery and a wonderful lake

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.

On this hot summer day, the breeze coming off of the lake was refreshing. The views are nice. The trail is easy to follow.

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.

We really enjoyed this hike. We day hiked it July 1st and went as far as the ridge trail where there was a little snow. We plan to go back to Hidden Lake with backpacks to spend a few nights. Saw a few folks on the trail but for the most part we had it all to ourselves.

Beautiful forest trail and very easy hike! We backpacked in this past weekend and spent one night at Plowboy Campground on the south end of Upper Priest Lake. Nice little campground right on the lake with a very small beach area. Some of the sites have fire-pits and picnic tables too. Our site did not, but it was very roomy and set back in the trees with still a view of the lake. You can also go farther up the trail to Navigation Campground at the north end of the lake. Good for young families!

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.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Walked to Upper Priest today. Great hike and very easy. We got to the lake and stepped down to the first beach we saw. A boat came down the shore and told us a bear was coming down the trail. Sure enough not 20ft. away a large black bear went by. made for a fast walk out. Was a beautiful hike.

Pretty easy trail. The lake is beautiful when you get to it. We backpacked and camped 2.7 miles in at Navigation campground.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

We love this hike. It is family friendly and one that my 8 year old children enjoy. The only down side was that the huckleberries weren't quite ripe.

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!

Thursday, September 03, 2015

The hike was easy except for the Forrest fires in the area making breathing difficult. The lake was beautiful. I'm sure itnwouldnhave been gorgeous if it weren't tainted by smoke. The tra signs say 3 and 6 miles to the two different camp sites. We had a GPS with us and Ploughboh was 2.7
And Navigation was 5. Would like to go back in a clear day.

Good hike, easy trail.

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!

Thursday, September 06, 2012

nice trail, i did it a few years ago

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.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Pretty and easy trail to Upper Priest. Nothing spectacular but a nice trail all the same.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

This trail is beautiful and fun for everyone. It was an easy hike, not a whole lot of elevation change. And, the wind from the lake and occasional glimpses that you get from the lake are wonderful. There wasn't a whole lot of people there that I saw very often.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Have done this trail twice. The last time was 12 years ago. Beautiful vistas and deep forests. Recomend to anyone willing to hike back into the lake. We went in through west fork cabin that has a little meadow right in front of it, didn't stay in the cabin though. Lots of up and down pretty much none of it is flat. Planning on taking my son on this one this year. Great weekend getaway from the Spokane or Coeur d'Alene area. There used to be an old fire watch tower on the top of Red Top, not sure if it is still there.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Another scenic trail by Priest lake,Id. 2mi to the upper lake and 7 mi to the end. Great camping

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

An easy little trail. Fun for a family with younger kids. Nice view for the shore of the lake. There were some historical things to see along the way which made the trail more entertaining.

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.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

My son and I did the first part of this trail as an overnight hike in June. It was pretty rainy and the trail was VERY muddy. We still had a great time, though. We camped 3 miles in at Plowboy Campground and had the whole place to ourselves. The campground was clean and had several amenities that made it attractive for families. The bear lockers and picnic table were much appreciated.

2 months ago

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