Explore the most popular lake 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.

hiking
1 day ago

PLEASE READ AND UPDATE ALLTRAIL!!!

One star for App accuracy! 5 stars for beauty!

To begin with, do not follow Google Maps to the trailhead. The road you want is the same road as the “Willow Bay Restaurant”. As of today (8/18/18) logging operations have the normal road totally closed off or dead ended. Take the road past the Willow Bay Restaurant and stay right until you see the first post labeled “Hunt Lake” and an arrow for direction. From that point you will need a fairly high clearance vehicle. (There was a Ford Escape SUV with broken rocker panels because of the depth of the washouts)

As far as this app is concerned; it’s useless. The starting point and end point for this trail is correct, but everything in between is off. Ignore the “trail line” in the app completely and just follow the markers (flags and paint marks).

The trail itself should really be updated to “hard” or “difficult”. I’ve hiked many trails in the Northwest and done my fair share of rock climbing, and this trail is tough. The ENTIRE trail is on boulders. Okay.... 90% of the “trail”. I use the term “trail” loosely here because what you’re doing is looking ahead to the next marker, and then playing a high stakes game of hopscotch for 1.5 miles.

The lake is beautiful and well worth the trip, and know you will never do another hike like this. Just read this and hopefully you won’t get misdirected and burn up most of your day looking for an actual trail.

Hiked it in June 26, 2018. Still some snow in the trail, but the views were spectacular! This will be a once a year hike for us.

hiking
6 days ago

Just completed my first time to Beehive Lake and I can tell you...beautiful lake. It was almost exactly 4.5 miles into the lake and the same out. Trail is good, some spots narrow with brush and last half mile up a rock face...but well marked with cairns. I will tell you...moderate is a little forgiving for this hike. I am 47 and in average shape, and this was a tough hike in...but swimming in the lake made it worth the hard work. Not a lot of camp sites, but worth making it an overnight trip...star gazing was incredible and so was the fishing! Highly recommend for those in decent shape, looking for high mountain swimming, fishing and star gazing!

Beautiful hike! Beautiful lake. Nice mix of of up hill and some nice flat spots too. We thought it was about 8 miles round trip even though it says it’s 5.7 my body says it was longer.

hiking
14 days ago

great hike! highly recommend for hikers!

I've been wanting to hike this a while and it did not disappoint. Moderate or Difficult is a relative thing. It was my first hike in a while and that last mile up was not easy for me. However, my wife and son breezed right up. Good wake up call to get my endurance back and start running again. Anyway, it's a very nice hike with great views of Chimney Rock and then Harrison Lake at the top. You'll scale some flat rock face so I'd highly recommend good "grippy" trail shoes. No tennis shoes or open toed hikers.

hiking
20 days ago

We clocked 7 miles even round trip. Beautiful hike with an abundance of views! Not overly crowded. In fact mid-afternoon on a Sunday and we only shared the lake with two other hikers. Bring a suit and jump in and stay awhile, you've earned a swim after that elevation gain. We weren't sure how to get to the second lake but heard/read it was a scramble over the ridge so we opted to save that experience for a day we had more time. My only advice is to watch for the cairns and follow them when granite takes over trail. They are there for a reason and will lead you right to the lake.

backpacking
20 days ago

If youre looking for a nice day hike this is definitely one to consider. There was a lot of people there and the t rails lead through everyone's campsites so expect people to walk by you if you're camping. The trail, as mentioned before, has a lot of loose rock. Just pay attention on the way back down. The hike was easy up, nothing too crazy.

The most popular trail in Bonner County to walk, run, or excercise, this trail is flat, scenic, well-marked, lakeside, and a very short drive from downtown.

During rain or snow there are muddy or wet portions, since it is an actual dirt trail, not asphalt. If you're looking for asphalt, go to Sand Creek Trail. If you want something more bike-centric, Syringa (Greta's Segway), and for a hike, Mckinnick or Scotchman's.

This trail immediately goes into brush and trees. Historic ruins rise up from the waters, left to remind you of what built this city. Though it's a single-track, people pass easily and the meandering path allows for private conversations and reflection. Frequent train whistles may interupt your reverie, if the gnats and mosquitos don't first.

Directions: drive to Trinity Restaurant and turn left. Drive past the Seasons Hotel going north. Drive until the road stops.

hiking
20 days ago

This trail certainly earns it high rating, but as previous commenters have mentioned, it is not for those that may be out of shape or injured. It is roughly 5.7 miles up, and the same distance down, and while the ascent is , for the most part, gradual, there are some long rock faces you have to cover, and the trail was marked by cairns (rock piles) when we went up. Aside from this section, the trail is mostly shaded, but can be hot in summer time , so bring water, and a filter if you want to fill up at the lake. Beehive Lake itself has some amazing vantage points, as there are some impressive sheer rock faces creating a backdrop to the water, and then where the creek flows out are some lookouts that give expansive views of the valley of Pack River, and the Roman Nose peak area. There are campsites by the lake, but some of the ground may be swampy certain times of year, and we did encounter some mosquitoes, so bug repellent may be warranted. The access road is very drivable, even for a generic car, though poor weather may affect this scenario.

Beautiful hike up to Snow Lake. The hike wasnt too difficult but was fairly long and time consuming. We encountered a few hikers on the way up but otherwise had the lake to ourselves.

hiking
21 days ago

Incredible hike.

trail was well maintained and well marked. Impossible to get lost. The road was accessible with any vehicle.

There are 5+ unoccupied camp spots at the top of the lake right now.

Just so you are clear-- the route is 5.7 miles up, and also 5.7 back for a total of 12 miles. Also-- if it is raining this hike would be entirely impassable because of the glaciated rockfaces.

Definitely not a hike for beginners, and I wouldn’t bring kids either. Gorgeous views all the way up. There’s loose boulders almost the entire way- I’m thankful I decided not to wear tennis shoes. Some boots with nice traction saved me from a couple ankle twists. About the last mile or so has a steep incline and isn’t marked well but the app was helpful and accurate for us. The lake and views are gorgeous at the end.

horseback riding
25 days ago

We took horses into Harrison Lake on a day trip a few years back. It was a bit of a grueling ride but very enjoyable for experienced riders or hikers. We used this route as it is closer to home than the pack river road route.
Harrison is one of the best lakes I’ve been to. It’s big, it’s beautiful, loved the rocks and trees around the lake , they are spectacular. Saw a big moose.

My husband, my 2 boys, ages 13 and 7, and I hiked to Bottleneck on Saturday July 21,2018. I was pleasantly surprised that the trail was quite easy with very few, if any, steep pitches. I had to rest a few times about 1/2 way through in the middle section. But otherwise it was very moderate. It took aprox 2 hours up and 1 hour down. It’s 3 miles to Bottleneck, exactly, according to my fitmax watch.
The lake was quite charming. We liked the first camp spot off to the left. Very nice spot with open views of Lake. Fishing was mediocre. Huckleberries weren’t ripe yet.
I usually ride horse and have been to Snowlake that way a few years ago. That is a nice trail as well, with similar views.
I would recommend Bottleneck for afternoon hikers, families, horses, and mt bikes.

Two out of shape ladies with dogs made a two day trip . We spent the first night at Snow Lake. That was a climb, but absolutely worth it. So grateful for the lake as we didn’t have to pack as much water. We hiked to Bottleneck lake for the second night. I was not as impressed with the campsite. It was a shame to see all the broken glass, but my dog loved the easy access to the lake. Well worth the hike to see both lakes. The trails are easy to follow and work has been done by the forest service to angle the flow of water coming off the mountain. I am highly impressed and my dog and I will be back.

hiking
27 days ago

Looking for an adventure? Look no farther than Harrison Lake in North Idaho. This trail is perfect for all levels of hiker, as well as dogs and kiddos. Ranked as moderate, I found the trail pretty easy aside from the final mile right before reaching the lake. With a good pair of (waterproof) hiking boots and perhaps a good set of trekking poles, the majority of the trail was very manageable. The only problem I encountered was my own...I tend to struggle with dragging my feet which was somewhat of a burden on this trail due to loose boulders and rocks just waiting for you to stub your toes on.

But in all honesty, the Harrison Lake Trail No 217 has a bit of everything. Views of the Beehive Dome, Bottleneck Peak and Roman Nose accompany you on the slight grade uphill through the subalpine fir and spruce trees to the alpine lake a little under two and a half miles ahead. The last mile is a slight scramble up a granite face which could result in confusion with following the trail. Just look for the perfectly placed rock cairns along the way and you can't go wrong.

You'll know you've reached the lake once you start seeing the tents scattered along the trailside. Even in the snow, we saw at least half a dozen campers setting up their sites for the weekend. Wind your way through the random boulders to the water and be sure to take pause to see the clarity of the frigid lake...something I'm sure my pup and I would have been tempted to jump into had it been later in the summer.

hiking
28 days ago

Not easy for kids. The trail itself towards the top became difficult as we had to walk on rock face. Some parts were large loose rock as well. This would be a nice hike without kids but definitely not for beginners. Would also be awesome for camping and fishing. Very beautiful once you make it to the top. Took my husband, 2 year old, 11 month old (carried most of the way), and myself 2 hours to get to the top and about an hour and half to get down.

backpacking
28 days ago

Great Lake to backpack and climb twin peaks, also just over the north ridge there is a awesome little lake called Little Harrison.

backpacking
28 days ago

The hike up was rough to go over all the big rocks with heavy packs on... especially with younger kids and knee injuries in the group. However, on the way down, we discovered there is a trail that is about 75% dirt flagged with red marking tape on the downhill side of the rock field. MUCH easier! It’s only the first few hundred yards from the parking lot that you can’t really avoid the rocks. The lake was awesome!!!

Fabulous hike. The lake this thawed and beautiful. Full of fish ready to be caught. Many camping site. Highly trafficked. We hiked to top of twin peaks the hard way I guess. Bushwhacked right up the face. But we made it. Great day amazing views. Can’t wait to take the family. Hike is pretty easy for any semi fit person. .

Road to trailhead is closed until August 2nd.

Not really worth it if you are looking for a hike. Could be a good daily run location if you live in the area. Saw a rattlesnake on the trail

backpacking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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!

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