Bonners Ferry, ID: Two Mouth Lakes
Trek to a pair of pristine alpine lakes hidden deep in the spectacular Selkirk Mountains.
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From the dirt pullout off Forest Road 663, pick up Two Mouths Trail #268 as it meanders north along an old logging road. Swing to the west as the trail traces Peak Creek before bending back to the south. The trail narrows and alternates between dirt and boardwalk while swinging west toward a viewpoint of the granite-faced Selkirk Crest, which you’ll peak at mile 3.6. From the top of the Crest, notch spectacular vistas of glacier-carved peaks to the north and down-valley views toward Bonners Ferry to the east.
Drop into the boulder-blasted marshlands to the east before forking right toward Lower Two Mouth Lake. Pass by campsites along the lake’s pristine eastern shore before following a spring-fed creek south to the upper lake. The upper lake is wider and deeper, but its shoreline is shrouded by trees and sweeping slabs of granite. Several campsites dot the lake’s shoreline, but only one sits directly on the water. Return to the trailhead via the route you hiked in on.
-Mapped by Travis Lesicka
- Distance: 13.8
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Leave your car in the dirt pullout off Forest Road 663 and head north on Two Mouths Lake Trail #268. The trail starts by follows an old logging road.
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Bear left to follow the sign pointing to Two Mouth Lakes. The sign says the lakes are five miles away, but the distance is actually closer to four.
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Upon reaching a large rock bisecting the trail, bear right. The left fork leads to a dead end.
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Bear right at Y-junction: the left fork leads to Upper Two Mouth Lake, which you’ll circle up to from the lower lake.
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Large enough to fit several tents, this prime campsite is situated next to the lake, but high enough to stay dry.
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Perched on the western shore of the upper lake, this large campsite is best when dried out in late summer.
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This site sits about 25 feet above the water, but is big enough for only one tent.
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Another site fit for only one tent, this spot is dry despite sitting directly on the lake.
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Parking is available in a dirt pullout off Forest Road 663.
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Though unmarked, the trailhead is easy to find.
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Boardwalks comprise part of the trail to the lakes.
Looking South: Selkirk Crest
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At mile 3, you’ll catch a glimpse the Selkirk Crest’s granite cliffs. Follow the trail south to climb the Crest.
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Cross Slide Creek as you push upward.
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Looking east toward Bonners Ferry.
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From a ridgetop at mile 3.6, look west for spectacular panoramas of sheer granite faces. Kent Lake rests in a cirque on the west side of the cliffs.
Two Mouth Lakes: First Glimpse
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The northernmost of the Two Mouth Lakes comes into view as you summit the Selkirk Crest just past mile 3.6.
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Trek over granite slabs just before forking toward the lower lake.
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Tree-topped slopes give way to a wonderland of granite as you near the Two Mouth Lakes.
Lower Two Mouth Lake
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Looking north across the lower lake.
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A spring-fed, boulder-peppered stream wanders between the upper and lower lakes.
Upper Lake: South Shore
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Upper Two Mouth Lake
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One of the first views of the upper lake.
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The trail to the upper lake slides over granite slabs. Use cairns to stay on track.