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

Road to trailhead is closed until August 2nd.

backpacking
11 days ago

The trail is very nice. A little steep in some places but not bad at all. The views are wonderful once you reach the lake. If you're up for a good challenge, try and climb Hunt peak as well!

hands down one of my favorite hikes around. the trail is steep when you get to the granite, follow the cairns up.

on Harrison Lake Trail

hiking
18 days ago

Hiked this mid summer 2 years ago...Great little hike- not challenging at all but you still get nice views and a lovely alpine lake at the top as well as small camping area. One of the more trafficked trails I’ve been on... saw small children with grandparents- would go back to camp overnight and fish. I gave it a 4 because the road to get to the trail was pretty rough!

hiking
18 days ago

Went to hike the trail on June 17th but there was a foot of snow on the road a half a mile from the trailhead. I hiked the trail a year ago, and it was wonderful.

backpacking
24 days ago

Avalanche area cleared enough to park at trail head. Quite a bit of snow on trail as you get about half way. 3 foot high in areas. But easily passable. Our 5 year old needed a lot of help but easy for adult. A lot of snow when you get to the lake but hard packed. The first campsite you come to with the big rock you could get a few small tents in. There are a couple other spot you could squeeze one into. We were able to set up our bigger tent right on the other side of the outlet where there is a lot less snow on that side of the lake but not too many campsites. Lots of fish surfacing. Bring your pole.

hiking
24 days ago

This hike is a great fall hike with spectacular views! The last quarter mile is a bit confusing and could be dangerous during a rainfall since you're on a granite slab. Always manage to catch fish and it has some very decent campsites at the lake. Giving it 4 stars because there are always a few groups of people on the trail when we go and I prefer to be on trails that are empty. Dogs don't need to be on a leash but with all the people it's just common courtesy. We have hiked this after work and it goes fast!

backpacking
25 days ago

great hike! I would call it more intermediate than moderate. the views are amazing but the right now there is a lot of snow up on top and the lake is almost completely frozen. Definitely will do it in August!

This was my first backpacking hike of the year. It was a bit of a challenge for me, (the last 2 miles). (I am old and out of shape. :) ). It was beautiful at the lake. There was still snow at the top. That made finding a spot for tents more difficult. Camped down by the waterfall. Falling asleep to the sound of rushing water was amazing . I am glad we went.

nature trips
26 days ago

Beautiful!!

26 days ago

6/24/18 Road has been cleared of fallen trees and is passable. Requires a high clearance vehicle as the last mile or so gets a little rough. Hiked up to Hunt Lake starting at 7am, rocks were a little slick but snow free besides a few easily avoided pockets. After hitting the lake we went around to the west side and headed up the stream to the pass between Fault lake and Hunt mostly covered in snow. Part way we traversed back north on boulder fields towards Gunsight Peak. Went up the saddle just to the south and continued along the ridge. There were a few sections with a bit of exposure that required technical climbing and scrambling. After a few false summits on the ridge we made it to Gunsight Peak. Amazing weather and views. Took a more direct route down talus and avalanche chutes with a little bushwhack back to Hunt Lake. Good times!

backpacking
26 days ago

This hike was a lot of fun. It is a gradual incline the whole way in, but my two ten year olds were able to do it with small packs on. There was still a lot of snow at the lake and the winds made it really chilly. However, we found a place to camp and had a great time. Memories were made!

The road up is blocked by massive avalanche damage about a half mile from the trail head. Just park and walk up. There are still drifts of snow on parts of the trail. It was packed enough for easy hiking on top of it when we were there.

backpacking
1 month ago

June - Late Spring/Early Summer

I’ve hiked to a quite a few places in the Selkirk mountains, and Fault Lake definitely provides some of the best to be offered.

The trail itself isn’t too difficult, like others have noted it is a steady incline for the majority of the hike. The last mile to the lake is a little steeper, but not too technical. There are several stream crossings, with the worst being at the trailhead and will require you to get your feet wet, so plan accordingly.

It can get a little difficult to follow the trail as you get closer to the lake, but there are a few cairns to assist in the more questionable areas.

The lake and surrounding area are beautiful even this time of year, but it was a bit colder and there was a lot of snow. The majority of the lake still had ice floating in it. All the snow made finding a campsite difficult, and even the site we did find was still wet on the ground.

We did also encounter a few ticks, but only on our dogs.

All and all a good lake, but I’d recommend maybe waiting until July for some of the snow to melt.

hiking
1 month ago

In a sedan, I was able to access the trail with not more than a little trouble on the forest service road on the way in--Harrison would, however, have been quite dicey without some serious snow tires. The trail still has a good bit of snow on it in a number of spots. The only tracks I saw were moose, so I may have been the first hiker on it this spring/summer... or at least in a while. I was able to find and then follow the trail for the first bit, though some of it was completely snow-covered (3 or 4 feet in spots). I went up about 2.25 miles, and after the trail became again completely snow-covered, I could no longer tell where it was at all, so I turned back. This was a disappointment, but I don't know the trail well, and I was alone, so it was a prudent decision.

From what I recall of a previous visit, the lake at the top is a worthy payoff.

A mellow, well-maintained trail with beautiful views the entire way!

Beautiful walk

Always a great hike spring or late fall in the snow. Trail gets a little lost in the rock towards the top, keep your eyes out for pathway.

Great snowshoe trail mainly through the woods.

backpacking
5 months ago

Far harder hike (more like climb) than expected but beautiful lake with awesome fishing.

8 months ago

The last half mile or so of the road was covered in snow so my roommate and I walked to the trailhead and went from there. Besides that the road wasn't too bad; my Honda crv had no issues getting as far as we got. The "trail" was difficult and not exactly safe with the snow covering the boulders (as well as the deep spaces between boulders). There were footprints to follow so we decided to go ahead and follow the path of whoever went before us. Fortunately no one hurt themselves. We left our vehicle at 2:00pm and got back before 5:30pm. We ate lunch at Hunt Lake (now frozen) but didn't stay long because it was cold and windy. So if you want the mountains all to yourself and also want to build character, try this hike in late October-- otherwise I recommend hitting it earlier in the fall or summer.

hiking
9 months ago

Lots of snow, come prepared! Beautiful hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Scenic once you gain some elevation and break out of the forest. Not overgrown now. A couple nice camp sites and a Bear box.

We climbed to the saddle and around with the idea of heading to Hunt Peak. There's no trail, of course, and the terrain makes it slow going. Cat II & III on the back side of the left horn of the saddle. Fun but we had a late start from the TH so we turned back before the ridge. Maybe another time.

Creek was flowing.

This should be 10 minutes from my house. No one I've talked to has ever heard of this trail and I drove for two hours and there is no trailhead sign for this hike. That is most likely why no reviews. I am guessing someone stole the signs.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike!!!

hiking
9 months ago

Gorgeous backcountry lake. It is a fairly easy trail with a nice payoff.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike, lots of Little Rock's at beginning of trail watch footing.

hiking
9 months ago

First hike ever for my husband & I. Will definitely go back!

camping
9 months ago

Fun trail with some with some pathfinding on a bare faced granite slope about halfway up. The trail is absolutely doable for less physically fit individuals (like me!) just make sure to take ample breaks. The lake was extremely cold in mid September but provides a rewarding dip if you so choose. Campsites are large but I only found 3 suitable sites (more adventurous folk may find more). Scramble up the granite slate field to the top of the nearest peak for breathtaking views of Beehive and Little Harrison lakes and the surrounding mountains, but only do so if that is within your comfort level! I recommend spending the night on the mountain as the surrounding area is well worth exploring in the morning!

backpacking
9 months ago

By far my fav. The 6.3 mile hike in was difficult for me but so worth it to see the view. You can also take a day hike from fault to hunt lake. It was a little long but very pretty.

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