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Stevens Lake — A Hidden Gem in the Bitterroots

Stevens Lake — A Hidden Gem in the Bitterroots

I love the sight of a sub-alpine lake set in a beautiful mountain range about as much as anything!.  In this regard, Stevens Lake certainly does not disappoint.  Its a great destination for a day hike or a weekend backpacking trip.

When Northwesterners talk about “Stevens Lake” we’re actually talking about two adjoining lakes (Upper and Lower Stevens Lake).  These are located in the Idaho Panhandle just this side of the Montana border, not far from Lookout Pass, close to Mullan.  The trail head is close to I-90 and located around 4000′ above sea level.

The trail works itself through a fairly steep forested hill before opening onto a fairly flat and pretty meadow.   At the far south …

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