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.

backpacking
11 hours ago

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
5 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.

hiking
11 days ago

Just went to the lake with our dog and it was a FANTASTIC Experience!! Would go all the way next time!

A walk in the woods. Not a big elevation change so there is no excuse to not go. Bring water and a light snack to enjoy when you get to the upper lake. Be alert for moose & bear, make sure to give a few claps to make yourself known from time to time. This is one of our favs in the area and a must if you’re here.

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.

hiking
21 days ago

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

This trail is always busy and the road to get up there is pretty rough. Once you get past HIdden Lake though you won't really run into other hikers. If you want to hike further there is a great little cabin that is free to stay at (West Fork Lake Cabin). It's first come first served and sleeps 4. This hike is moderate and you can definitely get it done in one day.

Trail is an easy 6 miles to Navigation through heavy timber. Lots of game sign along the way. Mid week there were several other campers at both Plowboy and Navigation, but there are a lot of tent sites and a few picnic tables at both camping areas. Bring 100% deet because the mosquitoes are voracious the whole way. I should also mention the lake and views are gorgeous and easily worth the trip. Due to the ease of access both by trail and by canoe/kayak don't expect seclusion.
If you are feeling adventurous, there is a trail that goes from Navigation up to the old lookout site. It's 3 miles up up up a fairly difficult trail. on a clear day the views are spectacular. There was a fair amount of blow down in the trail and more on the less traveled 3 miles back down through the timber on the other side (also moderately difficult) which leads you to FS RD 1341 where you will find a decent camping area, or continue on and hike the easy 3 road miles back to Beaver creek campground. I recommend shuttling a vehicle to that end of the trail instead of walking the road.

backpacking
22 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.

We hiked this heavily treed trail today and considered it to be an easy trial for the entire family, if you don’t go all the way to the Navigation camp-sites at the end of the trail. Differing mileage count among some of the hikers we met along the way. Weather was perfect for a casual day hike. We saw evidence of wildlife and laid eyes on a female pheasant with chicks. With recent rainstorms and a fair amount of muddy patches along the trail, the mosquitoes were voraciously attacking us throughout the entire hike (come prepared). Some nice views of upper Priest lake through the trees and at the Plowman camp-sites, although I’d have preferred a sub-alpine/alpine lake hike to this.

backpacking
29 days 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...

my wife and I did the hike during the week, and nobody else up there. easy hike for beginners. we saw lots of deer, heard elk, signs of bears.also it's more like 6 miles there from the Bear Creek trail head.

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.

Backpacked in to Navigation campsite. Didn’t see anyone on the way except two dudes at the campsite. Saw lots of bear, elk, wolf sign but didn’t see anything. I would consider this trail a heavily traveled trail and difficulty level easy. We probably saw a few dozen people on our way out in Saturday. Granted it was memorial weekend. Beautiful area though.

Took a group of 7 on this trail before Memorial Day. Awesome hike, tons to see. The water level was really high at Plowboy so we kept going on to navigation trail. One other group was camping there. Nice outhouses and fire pits to use.
There was plenty of bear markings along the trail: fur patches, footprints, scat and a dead moose, but NO bears seen.

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 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

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.

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

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.

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

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!

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
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.

hiking
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.

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