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Hiking

The beauty of Boundary County can best be seen when traveling on foot. Boundary County has more than 350 miles of developed hiking and horseback trails. Hikers can choose easy short day walks or extended backpacking trips. Here is a short list of trails.

Clifty Mountain Trail

Trail No. 182.
Go 18 miles southeast of Bonners Ferry via Twenty Mile Road No. 408 and Black Mountain Road No. 274. Vehicle access to trailhead is at saddle east of Black Mountain. This is a moderate 1.5-mile hike to the top of Clifty Mountain. Here you will see outstanding views of Bonners Ferry, Kootenai Valley, Selkirk and Cabinet Mountains.

Long Canyon Trail

Trail No. 16.
Drive north from Bonners Ferry on US 95 to Highway 1. From Highway 1, turn west on to County Road 18 there you will see the Westside Road trailhead. This is a remote area from Kootenai River Valley to the Selkirk Crest with excellent views of Long and Parker Canyons and walks through old-growth forest. The full loop is 32 miles long and makes a good four- or five-day backpacking trip. This trail will include abundant wildlife, including an occasional grizzly bear and woodland caribou, mushroom hunting, and fishing.

Pyramid-Ball Lakes Trails

Trail No. 13 and 43.
Go 23 miles northwest of Bonners Ferry. From Highway 1 turn west on Copeland Road, found in the Trout Creek drainage via Road No. 2667. Vehicle access to the trailhead, elevation is 5920 ft, on Upper Trout Creek. An easy 1.3-mile hike to Pyramid Lake takes about an hour and one-half miles farther to get to Ball Lake.

Queen Lake and Mountain Trail

Trail No. 152.
Drive 15 miles northeast of Bonners Ferry on Meadow Creek Road No. 229 to Queen Mountain Road No. 2542. It is a moderate half-mile hike to lake. Excellent views of Moyie River Valley and Purcell Mountains.

Red Top to Hidden Lake

Trail No. 102.
Take US 95 north of Bonners Ferry 15 miles to Copeland turn on to Highway 1. Turn west onto the Copeland road, travel across the Kootenai Valley, to Road 417. Turn right on Road 417 and continue north to it meets the junction with Roads 281 and 2450. Follow Road 281 for about 8 miles to Road 655. Take 655 to Road 2545. The trailhead is at the end of Road 2545. Parking is limited to 5 passenger cars. A moderate hike of 1 mile accesses Hidden Lake, the largest alpine lake in the U.S. Selkirk mountain range.

Roman Nose Lakes Trails

Trail No. 160 and 165.
Traveling 23 miles southwest of Bonners Ferry via Snow Creek Road No. 402, Road No. 1007 through Caribou Pass and Road No. 2667 you'll find Roman Nose Lake. Drive directly to one of the alpine lakes and campground, while trails lead to two more lakes approximately 1-2 miles away. Here high mountain vistas of the Selkirk Crest, including the Sundance Fire area can be seen. This well used trail is in the shadow of 7,260-foot Roman Nose Peak.

Smith Creek- Red Top Ridge Trail

Trail No.21
Take US 95 north of Bonners Ferry 15 miles to Copeland. Take the Copeland road west, across the Kootenai Valley, to Road 417. Turn right on Road 417 and continue north to the junction with Roads 281 and 2450. Follow Road 281 to Road 2446. The trailhead is 1 mile up Road 2446. Parking is limited to 5 passenger cars.

Two Mouth Lakes Trail

Trail No. 268.
Travel 15 miles west of Bonners Ferry in the Myrtle Creek Drainage via Road No. 633. There is vehicle access to the trailhead in Upper Myrtle Creek. This a moderate 5.5-mile hike to the lakes.