Roman Nose Lake

After hiking at Snow Creek Falls we were just getting warmed up… So we followed the road up past Snow Creek Falls Trail to go check out Roman Nose Lake. There are a few Geocaches along the way and we had intended to grab them however I left my Garmin GPS at home and the GPS on my Smartphone was not interested in working for us. The drive up is awesome! The road is well maintained until the very top but my car has plenty of clearance so I wasn’t concerned.

There are a couple trails to take if you are wanting to hike in this area. The first is Bottleneck/Snow Lake trail which I understand is about 7 miles round trip. We chose to hike the Roman Nose Lakes trail. There are 3 lakes; the first one you can drive to. One thing to remember when heading up to Roman Nose is that the temperatures can be drastically different as the first lake sits just shy of 5900″. When we left to go hiking it was a comfortable 78 degrees at home, it was 48 degrees when we arrived at the lake! *Although the trails are mostly cleared, there are rocks to step up on and over. This is not a smooth path type trail and some sections are fairly steep.*

Leaving the car we immediately got into snow. It was mainly just the trial that had snow on it, hard pack, so we could walk on it. A ways up, the trail Y’s and the marker is not very clear as to which way goes to the lake and which way is the scenic loop. We chose to go to the right and I believe after looking at the map, we took the scenic loop. Either way it was a beautiful hike and had we not dealt with snow we would have made it to the lakes.

Looking up from the path

Hiking in about a 3/4 mile we eventually came to where the trail climbed fairly steep and it was completely covered in snow. Since I was packing Abram and Genna didn’t have her hiking boots on I didn’t feel comfortable going on. Going up would have been fine but eventually you have to come back down…

Once we got back down to the parking area we had to go check out the lake. This is one of my favorite lakes in all of Boundary County to fish. Being a high mountain lake it is very cold year round and the fish are excellent, if you can catch them! There is a path that takes you around the left side of the lake to the rock slide and a nice little platform to view the lake or fish from.

Genna with the lake behind her. You can see the mountain we hiked on the right in the background.

This was such a wonderful way to spend the day and Genna’s 4th Birthday! We can’t wait to head back up once the snow is gone and actually make it to the lakes and grab up the Geocaches too!

Round trip: 1.6 Miles