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17 days ago

*Review is to Bass Lake*

I hiked this on what was probably the last "good" weather weekend of 2018, in the middle of October. I went primarily for fishing and to explore the no name lake just north of Bass. I stayed 2 nights.

The hike to the lake is probably about 9ish miles one way. I only met a few spots with snow but nothing that couldn't be done with regular hiking boots. With a 40+ lb. pack, it took me 4 hours on the dot. There is a camping spot on the south side, just before the lake in the meadow-like area and there are others on the north/east side of Bass. You can follow the trail to find them.

If you have the 2015 US Forest Service map, please not that it is incorrect. It does NOT reflect that the trail crosses the creek, which it does twice. After the first crossing you hit the worst of it. For about a 1.5-2 miles, you climb. Once you cross back over the creek, the climb is more gradual.

The lake north of Bass, you'll have to go over the saddle. I started bush whacking to get there but realized there was a trail that will lead you that direction. The lake was about 90% frozen over already and contained no fish (I'm assuming it freezes over nearly entirely in the deep winter). It was cool to hike to though so if you have it in you, do it. You'll see some amazing views up there too.

Fishing at Bass was awesome. I absolutely love this lake.

Best trail!!

Hiked this trail on Sept.8th. the onset of Fall was beginning to appear. It was a little smokey but made for beautiful photos. This trail was rated as difficult and I somewhat agree with rating. Falls were gorgeous, Took the left fork and crossed the creek. My dog loved it. Clocked trail time at 6.5 hours to lake and back.

2 months ago

Lovely hike. We didn’t go all the way to the lake and this hike was easily 8.5 miles round trip. If you go to the lake add another 4 miles. I’m sure it’s worth it. Waterfalls and nice woods throughout. Enjoy!

3 months ago

Great trip. The trail splits at about 2.8 miles or so. Guidebooks day to take the right fork. We did on the way out- limited shade switchbacks and rocky but beautiful. On the way back we took the other fork. This was super enjoyable and had two river crossings that were easy in low water. Lots of camp spots around the lake. Only two other camp groups. Caught some trout.
Did find the offshoot for the Lappi Lake hike and followed it for a few hundred yards until it disappeared. Would love to go on this if it were maintained.

3 months ago

The trail to Bass Lake is wonderful and maintained. A few notes for those going to the lake/camping and considering going further:
1. The trail splits half way through - a high road that avoids the stream and a low road that crosses the stream. They are unmarked. Be aware if you have a party that gets stretched out as you could miss one another.
2. Soon after you get to the lake, trail maintenance stops. The camping spots are on the southwestern corner of the lake, so be careful on the unmaintained portion. The “trail” goes and stays high above the water pretty much until you get to the WSW part of the lake. After that you can follow the shore and find a camping spot. There are several.
3. For those considering going over unmaintained Bass Pass and down into the Kootenai drainage, I recommend against it. You could make it from the lake to the pass (truly little to no trail and a ton of deadfall) to then attempt the summit of Bass Peak, but further than that is extremely dangerous. There is no trail to follow and is a scramble across boulders, deadfall, down the creek, and thick trees and undergrowth. We came the opposite way and could have easily gotten stuck or seriously hurt. It took more than 8 hours to reach the lake from the Kootenai trail. We would have quickly turned back had we not been meeting someone at the lake. It took 2 of our hiking poles. Can’t emphasize this enough - don’t do it.

3 months ago

Great shaded walk along a beautiful stream loaded w brook trout. At 2mi there is a small man made pond w a fantastic view of the mountains.

3 months ago

Keep going, it's beautiful all the way... don't rob yourself by cutting it short. Next trip we're making the connection from Bass Lake to Kootenai and heading back via Kootenai Creek!

This track file on the map does not show the path all the way to Bass Lake. It only shows to the big waterfall before Bass Lake. Bass Lake is about 10 miles one way so 20 miles both ways Out and back.

5 months ago

A spectacular hike that affords plenty of attractions if you are willing to work for them a little. You follow the Creek for the first few miles which culminates in a breathtaking waterfall. Ran into three different washouts of various length, some more treacherous than others, but all doable. This hike earns every bit of it’s hard rating.

Trail is in great shape, still was quite a bit of snow. But well worth it!

11 months ago

Lovely and do-able even this late in November.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Love this trail, it is a hard hike however we have hiked it 2 times with our 3 children. The baby was in a pack on my back and I was tired but I was able to do it without complications. The older two hiked it with a few breaks, but we made it a mile or two up.


Sunday, July 30, 2017

My favorite hike! It is closed right now due to fires.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Made a 3 day trip out of this trip, spending the first night at a cool camp spot a bit past the fall and the second night at the lake. Incredible views, wildflowers, and creeks. A little bit buggy at this time of year so bring your bug spray. The fishing was better in the creek than in the lake. Overall it was an incredible hike and definitely worth the 9 mile trek all the way to the lake.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

I did this hike in the late winter/early spring and it was much more difficult. But this weekend it was great! Lots of shade and stops to rest if the incline is too much. But a horsefly wouldn't leave me alone for three miles in and out, so I gave up and went home early.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I've been doing a lot of hikes up and around the beautiful bitterroot mountains and was pleasantly surprised with this trail. It was definitely more difficult than I thought it would be, but I wasn't informed that it was mostly uphill for the first 2 miles. Luckily, it was gradual so I didn't lose my breath or have to stop very often, and my 11 lb dog didn't seem to have any problems at all. There was so many areas to stop and just look around and I loved how close the trail stayed to the creek. I was very please with this little nugget of a find and will most definitely return another day to venture further.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Hiked to the Lake today, still some snow in spots and it was quite cool at the lake. The lake still had some ice on it but there was open water too. Hiked in water most of the way, the runoff is at it's peak.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Great views the deeper into the canyon you get. The lake is still is mostly ice and there are some snow fields you have to cross to get to it, but it was absolutely do-able.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tough, but spectacular 9.5 miles to Bass Lake. In late May last 600 ft to the dam was across snow slope, lake was almost completely frozen.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Great trail! Still pretty wet as of today 5/23/17. Also a note, it's 9 miles to the lake :)

Monday, May 08, 2017

Great hiking trail!!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Great hike. Lots of spots for dogs to stop and drink/play in the water. Up to the log damn pond the trail is clear, but shortly after the trail is still pretty snow packed.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Cool pond area one mile in and waterfall at about three miles was flowing nicely. Great open views the last 2.5 miles before bass lake. The last 1.5 miles was rocky and had a few inches of snow here or there (10-22-16) but nothing too crazy. The lake area was really nice. Excellent day hike.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

For the not so fit hiker it took about 2 1/2 hours to the waterfall and 1 1/2 hours down. Good note is once you pass the sign there will be a fork to the right if you want to go up to he waterfall and then on to a bigger lake that we didn't make it to. If you go straight at the fork you will be forced to go over the creek and wont make it to the waterfall. It was worth the hike but was pretty hard toward the last hour up.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Awesome hike to the waterfall by way of crossing Bass Creek. Not the main trail to the right of the waterfall but an alternate trail that lead to a great landing along side the falls. Definitely best hike this year.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Awesome hike to the waterfalls.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Made it to the pond!

Saturday, June 04, 2016

We went for just a mile or so since it was later in the afternoon. Great views of the cliffs on either sides and the creeks. First part of the trail is kid friendly enough. I know it gains a lot more elevation further in. We'll be back.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

It was fun and exciting every turn something new. Nice thing is it was long so it made it that much more fun

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