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Bonners Ferry, ID: Ball and Pyramid Lakes Trail #43

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Distance: 2.8 miles


A breathtaking hike in the Selkirk mountains to three back-country lakes. Spectacular views along the route.
  • Pyramid Lake
  • Parking Area
  • Trailhead
  • Stream
  • Boardwalk
  • Looking Down the Trout Creek Valley
  • Trail through Talus
  • First View of Pyramid Lake from Above
  • Full View of Pyramid Lake from Above
  • Upper Ball Lake
  • Lower Ball Lake
  • Stream from Lower Ball Lake

The full trail is 2.8 miles one-way and climbs 1,800 feet with the highest point being 6,700 feet.

Conditions:
The trail is in good condition.  The forest service classifies the Pyramid Lake & Ball Lakes Trail as a High Use trail.  There are numerous bridges and boardwalks upto Pyramid Lake.  Between Pyramid Lake and Upper Ball Lake there are a couple of sections of trail that have roots growing out of the trail.

Trailhead:
The parking area is big enough for a dozen cars.  Just up the road is a parking area for horse trailers.  There is a single hole outhouse at the parking area.  The trail starts just across the road from the car parking area.

Pyramid Lake:
The largest of the three lakes, this lake is shaped like an hour-glass.  There are campsites and firerings.  The forest service asks that no new campsites/firerings be established.  The lake is open to fishing, but it is generally considered to be a poor fishing lake.

Upper Ball Lake:
The trip from Pyramid Lake to Upper Ball Lake takes you right up the side of the canyon wall.  There are several places where you can stand on top of a 200+ foot cliff and look down at Pyramid Lake.  There are campsites and firerings.  The forest service asks that no new campsites/firerings be established.  The lake is open to fishing, but it is generally considered to be a poor fishing lake.

Lower Ball Lake:
Lower Ball Lake is the smallest of the three lakes.  It is also the farthest from the car.  There is a campsite with a firering.  The forest service asks that no new campsites/firerings be established.  The lake is open to fishing, but it is generally considered to be a poor fishing lake.

Considerations:
This is bear country, so be bear aware!  Both Black Bear and Grizzly inhabit the area.  There are also Moose, Elk, and Deer in the area.

INFO:
Idaho Panhandle National Forests

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