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Bonners Ferry, ID: Roman Nose Lakes

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Distance: 3.7 miles


Climb to a pair of pristine mountain lakes on this 3.8-miler featuring two loops, prime camping, cliff-top vistas and access to a waterfall.
  • Upper Roman Nose Lake: Southern View
  • Parking Area
  • Eastern Panoramas
  • Canyon Vista
  • Lower Roman Nose Lake
  • Waterfall
  • Boulder Field
  • Boardwalk
  • Upper Roman Nose Lake

Two trailheads stem from the gravel parking area at the end of Forest Road 2667: pick up the one closer to the middle of the lot to head west and uphill. Bear right at each of the first two junctions before climbing toward a ridgetop offering expansive panoramas of the Snow Ridge spanning the eastern horizon. Dip downhill toward the junction with the Lower Roman Nose Lake trail. After forking right to descend toward the lower lake, scramble across open granite slabs to reach a cliff-top vantage point offering sweeping panoramas of the Caribou Creek framed by sloping, tree-blanketed ridges.

Continue downhill to reach the southern shore of the picturesque Lower Roman Nose Lake, which offers several prime campsites. Make your way over the lake’s southwestern edge to access a high waterfall fed by Upper Roman. Turn around to loop back to waypoint RNL005 and tackle the hike to the higher lake. Along the way, you’ll climb through a root-infested trail before planking through a boardwalk-bisected marsh at the lake’s eastern tip.

Like Lower Roman, the upper lake serves up several picturesque campsites: the best site, perched 20 feet above the water at the lake’s southern tip, serves up phenomenal lake views. Turn around to head downhill via the loop’s southern fork before reconnecting with the original trail less than 0.5 mile from the trailhead. 

-Mapped by Travis Lesicka

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