Roman Nose Lakes

#3 of 23 trails in Kaniksu National Forest
Roman Nose Lakes is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bonners Ferry, ID that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and fishing and is accessible from May until October.

4.0 miles 519 feet Out & Back
camping fishing hiking lake views wild flowers
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Bart Munns
7 months ago

7 Completed7 Reviews

This is a great hike. Lots to see in a short hike. Trail junctions are not marked very well. Good camping at upper lake.

Richard Rich
8 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Nice trail not to bad steep the first bit but not to hard. Very smoky this week it was clear on the next Saturday if you like rocky views its beautiful

Michele Morgan
9 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

This trail was very fun. About an hour of Forrest service road driving to the trailhead. You hike 2 miles at a decent incline then each of the upper lakes is .5 miles in from the y. Well maintained but has some loose and shifting rock. Easy for hikers but if you're not so nimble it may not be right for you.

Diana Fein
10 months ago

41 Completed34 Reviews

Beautiful area, just be sure and take the appropriate road for your vehicle. We went up the 417/402/1007/2667 route and my Scion XD did fine. The hike is easy and gorgeous!

Frank Roberts
1 year ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike for young kids. Just don't let google route you. You don't want to go up ruby creek road, unless you are taking an atv,.

Scott Lovenbury
2 years ago

6 Completed6 Reviews

One of my favorite camping places. 3 lakes are a long 18 mile drive on a gravel, washboard road, but it's worth it. Upper lake is my favorite. Easy hike about 2.5 miles from trailhead. The upper lake sits at the bottom of a 900' cliff that used to have an old fire lookout tower on top. It blew over about 10 years ago. The peak is Roman Nose. Lots of wildlife around and fairly good fishing. Lake is stocked with Cutthroat trout. Tough climb up the boulder field on the side of the cliff to the top of Roman Nose but the views are awesome. The edge of the cliff from the top is a shear drop off so be careful.

Dave Ashford
3 years ago

72 Completed56 Reviews

Beautiful lakes in high country. Muddy and snowy on part of the trail, especially upper lake in early July. The saw a moose at the middle lake. Long drive on a dirt road to get there, but worth the trip.

Chad Brockus
4 years ago

22 Completed23 Reviews

Easy access to a set of sub-alpine lakes. You can drive to the largest of the three lakes and it's just a short hike to the other two. It has been years since I've been to the lower lake, but the trail to the upper lake climbs the ridge behind Roman Nose Lake #3 and goes through the old Sundance Burn. As you approach the upper lake, it can be a bit muddy, but the Forest Service has been putting in bridges and walkways. Also as you approach the upper lake, you will enter the timber again. Very nice set of lakes although it can be really crowded.

Michele R.
5 years ago

it was a easy trail going to hike up into higher mountain lakes in a few days. go in the evening when the wind dies down for fishing we came off the trail and the fish were biting we'll know next time. had a good day taking pictures.

Rich Leon
6 years ago

16 Completed54 Reviews

A quick fix of alpine backcountry can be found north of Sandpoint,Idaho in the Kaniksu National Forest.Roman Nose Lakes offer incredible views,hillsides covered in wildflowers and maybe a catch or two of high mountain trout.Upper Roman Nose Lake is the reason the area's name becomes apparent;the peak overlooking the lake looks like nothing so much as a prominent schnozz.