Hike to Roman Nose High Mountain Lakes

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This hike takes you to three high mountain lakes, miles from any civilization. With jagged rocky peaks and thick forests surrounding the area, this trek is one you do not want to pass up.

Your journey will start with a rural drive about 60 minutes from Sandpoint, ID. Once you hit the dirt road, hold on because its quite the bumpy drive (AWD vehicle is recommended). You will continue on a dirt road for nearly 20 miles, however, don't let this halt your journey, the drive is incredible with amazing views and pull offs along the way.

Once you finally reach the trailhead you will be greeted by the beautiful lower lake. Roman Nose has three lakes to chose from, each providing different features. The lower lake is easily accessible and does not require any hiking. The middle lake has more fish than you'd imagine, crystal clear waters, and a beautiful waterfall. And the upper lake has big fish, incredible views, and glaciers surrounding. If you plan to go to one of the two upper lakes, it is about a 60 minute hike.

At the middle lake there is a beautiful waterfall. There is no trail up to it but if you are adventurous enough, you can make it there. There are also plenty of huckleberry bushes along the way, so your journey might take longer than 60 minutes if you love berries!

The fishing, hiking, and views are absolutely incredible up there. So pack your bag and enjoy the hike! 

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Snacks
  • Bear spray recommended
  • Full tank of gas
  • Fishing gear
  • Camera (you will want one)
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RT Distance 1 Miles
Elevation Gain 520 Feet
Activities Camping, Fishing, Photography, Swimming, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Forest
Lake
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Cliff Jumping

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