Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

Hiked with my mom a couple weeks ago. She is 64 and in fantastic shape. It is more of a moderate-hard trail. Towards the top lots of large root steps and then long rocks to climb up. Little snow at the top was no problem. Great hike but minimal views due to thick trees. Overall for people who hike a lot, we agreed it’s more on the “hard” side.

mountain biking
26 days ago

This is one of my favorite trails! We ride our bikes on this trail all the time and it's wonderful! It's a very smooth ride and people we pass are always super friendly.

This was my first mountain trail. I probably bit off a little more than I should have as a novice, but I made it. It’s such a beautiful place and I highly recommend. I would think this should be listed as hard though. There are a lot of loose rocks and the trail was pretty hard, even some areas where you have to climb over some boulders. There’s a great view about a half mile down from the top, and the rest of the trail is pretty difficult. The lake at the top is really beautiful, just nestled in the mountain! Overall a great time and a worthwhile challenge.

on Harrison Lake Trail

1 month ago

Slice of heaven.

paddle sports
1 month ago

This is not a hiking trail. This is a canoe or kayak route. Best to do this some time between late spring and late summer. I did this in mid-August, and the water level was almost too low. Be advised that the current is strong enough that you might consider having a pickup strategy downstream, rather than trying to fight the current back.

Such a fun hike! Beautiful views and well maintained trail. Rocky terrain, uphill the entire climb. 2.5 miles one way.

walking
2 months ago

Love this trail. Very easy walk or run. People are courteous if biking or running.

A beautiful trail for the whole family. The views are spectacular. In late spring there are many little waterfalls along the path. Early summer has wildflowers: lupine, beargrass, monkshood. Later in summer you'll find thimbleberries and huckleberries. The description of this trail states "November through April." That's if you'll be Nordic skiing or snowshoeing. For hiking, late May through October.

Just completed a few days ago with a 12-year old and a dog...nice hike. Distance is short, but completely uphill...nearly zero flat portions. Basically walking 2.5 miles uphill to a mountain lake. It was worth it. No need to pack in days worth of water, as the lake itself is crystal clear. Would recommend this to anyone for an overnight hike. Simple down and back. Took 2 hours up, just over an hour down. The single lane dirt road is a lot easier to navigate in a pickup/SUV.

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
3 months ago

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.

backpacking
3 months 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.

3 months ago

This is a kayak/canoe/float - NOT A HIKE! Accessible May - Mid/Late July. At end of July expect to walk your raft through shallow/sandbar spots.

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
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months 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
3 months 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.

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

on Harrison Lake Trail

hiking
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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.

nature trips
4 months ago

Beautiful!!

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.

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.

hiking
Monday, October 16, 2017

Lots of snow, come prepared! Beautiful hike.

hiking
Monday, October 02, 2017

Beautiful hike!!!

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