Idaho Nature, Waterfalls April 27, 2019
The Hike To This Little-Known Idaho Waterfall Is Short And Sweet
Right now is the perfect time of year to get out there and take advantage of spring runoff. Iconic waterfalls like Shoshone Falls or Mesa Falls never disappoint, but if you’d like something a little more understated then this hike will be perfect for you. Tucked away in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, this brief waterfall hike makes for the perfect outing. Not only does it lead you to the most breathtaking alpine lakes, but you’ll even spot an amazing waterfall or two along the way! This is an adventure you’ll definitely want to accomplish soon so check it out.
The Stevens Lakes Trail is a true hidden gem hiding in the Bitterroot Mountains. With spectacular views, lovely mountain lakes, a little-known waterfall, and a length of just four miles out-and-back, this hike really has it all.
Although often referred to as Stevens Lake, the name applies to two adjoining lakes known as Upper and Lower Stevens Lake. Located not far from Lookout Pass and near the town of Mullan, finding these lakes makes for a fantastic day hike or overnight adventure.
The trail begins on an old mining road and starts to gain elevation pretty quickly. Although the trail is relatively short compared to other mountain hikes, it still contains some steep sections. Rated as moderate on
AllTrails, that's still something to keep in mind.
The trail closely follows Willow Creek and it isn't long before you begin to discover the creek's many treasures. A small but gorgeous waterfall can be seen pretty early on in the hike.
You'll continue to follow the old mining road as it begins to climb up a hillside. It's here that you'll witness some spectacular views of the surrounding forest and mountain landscape, so be sure to take it all in.
As the trail begins to leave the forest, it'll cross the creek once again and bring you right to the base of a fantastic, rippling waterfall. This one is larger than the one before and the shaded area makes it a great place to stop and catch your breath for a bit.
At this point, you may be under the impression that the trail simply can't get any better. However, you'd be wrong! As you continue along the trail, you'll come across the lovely Stevens Lakes. You'll arrive first at the lower lake before meandering up to the upper lake.
Boasting vibrant blue water and surrounded completely by breathtaking mountain scenery, the lakes are simply idyllic. This hike is truly the gift that keeps on giving, so consider completing this one soon.
What do you think? Are you considering accomplishing this waterfall hike sometime soon? For amazing waterfalls that don’t require so much hiking, be sure to check out these
10 Unbelievable Idaho Waterfalls Hiding In Plain Sight.