Montana Outdoors

September 22, 2014

Revett Lake (2)

Filed under: Idaho — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 9:13 pm

Revett Lake is located in the Panhandle National Forest about a mile on the Idaho side of the Montana – Idaho border near Thompson Pass (Hwy 471), about 24 miles west of Thompson Falls, Montana. A good dirt road leaves the parking lot at the border and takes you about a mile to the trail head. The trail (Trail #9) is short, a mile and a half to two miles, and it is an easy climb of about a thousand feet to the lake. Despite rather heavy usage on the trail in the summer, no trash at all could be seen along the trail or at the lake and the day I was there I was all alone.

There are good instructions for access to the lake from the Idaho side on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest web site.

Revett Lake Trail on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake Trail on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake Trail on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake Trail on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake Trail on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake Trail on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake Trail on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake Trail on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake Trail on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake Trail on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake Trail on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake Trail on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake Trail on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake Trail on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake Trail on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake Trail on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

Revett Lake on Montana - Idaho border near Thompson Pass

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37 Comments »

  1. Really beautiful trail to the lake..How long is the trail?.

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    Comment by Anonymous — September 22, 2014 @ 11:01 pm

    • The trail is a little over a mile and a half long. A very pleasant hike.

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      Comment by montucky — September 22, 2014 @ 11:13 pm

  2. Wow what a stunning place

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    Comment by Mike Howe — September 23, 2014 @ 12:40 am

    • Amazing, isn’t it, what lies just a few miles up the trail!

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      Comment by montucky — September 23, 2014 @ 7:46 pm

  3. Absolutely stunning, and what perfect reflections! The autumn colours are developing quickly. That last pic is superb!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — September 23, 2014 @ 2:22 am

    • The smaller shrubs are turning color rapidly in the higher elevations. It appears to be a pretty season. I hope to make many more trips in the forests before snow closes the trails.

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      Comment by montucky — September 23, 2014 @ 7:51 pm

  4. Lovely area!

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    Comment by centralohionature — September 23, 2014 @ 6:39 am

    • It is. That particular trail gets quite a bit of use but its beauty remains.

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      Comment by montucky — September 23, 2014 @ 7:52 pm

  5. Beautify trail and stunning lake! Those pops of fall color are lovely and the reflections…ahh so pretty! Thanks for sharing! hugs

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    Comment by Beth — September 23, 2014 @ 6:56 am

    • I’m glad that you like the scenes, Beth! I hope that some day everyone will fall in love with the wild country!

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      Comment by montucky — September 23, 2014 @ 7:53 pm

  6. That last shot is my favorite! You know it is so GOOD to see you’re hearty and hale and able to continue doing the thing – hiking – you enjoy so very much. Makes my heart happy for you.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — September 23, 2014 @ 9:38 am

    • Thank you so much! Some times I feel almost guilty that I am still able to get into the back country when there are so many people who would love to but who cannot. I hope that my photos help.

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      Comment by montucky — September 23, 2014 @ 7:55 pm

      • Oh, Montucky, I hope you don’t feel guilty but instead feel blessed. Because you are and you bless others with your photos. πŸ™‚

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        Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — September 24, 2014 @ 9:35 am

        • Thank you for your kind words! Yes, I am indeed blessed!

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          Comment by montucky — September 24, 2014 @ 7:54 pm

  7. Lots of logs for a trout to break off if you caught one while fishing from shore. Beautiful lake and hike. I was just wondering about the rockslides when I saw the first photos of the trail by the slide area and sure enough, later photos showed that it can get covered with rocks at times. But what a gorgeous place to hike. The forest trail is beautiful.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — September 23, 2014 @ 11:43 am

    • There were quite a few trout rising on the lake but I didn’t try for any, content just to bring back photos.
      It is a very beautiful place to hike. You get used to the rock slides: they are prevalent in nearly all of the higher places, usually in short spans. This was an easy hike. I tried in April of 2013 but after walking a miles and a half on snow shoes I found the the snow was so deep that I couldn’t find the trail. The first of June I tried again and made it to the lake hiking mostly on huge snow banks the covered large sections of the trail. It was pretty, but not nearly a pretty as is was this time.

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      Comment by montucky — September 23, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

  8. Amazing, stunning and incredibly beautiful – if only we can preserve these beautiful wilderness areas for future generations.

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    Comment by Vicki — September 23, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

    • I sure hope we will, Vicki. We seem to have the will to protect some of them, and other places are so rugged that developers probably will leave them alone. The things that we do to protect these places are the same things we must do to preserve the future of our species. Now if more people only realized that!

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      Comment by montucky — September 23, 2014 @ 8:02 pm

  9. Hi Montucky, I have noticed a Fall change in your pictures. Beautiful! That trail is nicely kept – I like trails that can easily be followed rather than guessing if I am actually in the right place. Hope you have a fabulous day tomorrow!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — September 24, 2014 @ 3:11 pm

    • Yes, fall is arriving here, especially in the higher elevations. It should be very nice this year. You are right, this is an easy trail to follow, although the first time I visited it was under deep snow banks and then it was very difficult to find!

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      Comment by montucky — September 24, 2014 @ 7:56 pm

  10. Your pictures are making me want to run away from home, Terry….. What a beautiful place…you know those trails look so familiar, like I’ve walked on some of them myself…..

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    Comment by seekraz — September 24, 2014 @ 9:08 pm

    • Your comment is interesting. A friend with whom I frequently hike spent 14 years on a trail crew with the Forest Service and she has seen a lot of trails. She has mentioned on many hikes that sections of the trail reminds her of another trail with which she is familiar, and I have the same thoughts many times. Those old pack trails are like good friends!

      I had seen Revett Lake in the early spring a year ago but never in the fall and I was also taken back by the beauty there. What an invitation to take the next hike!

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      Comment by montucky — September 24, 2014 @ 10:09 pm

      • Those old pack trails are very much like good friends, Terry…so many sweet memories out there…can almost smell the forest floor in the pictures, too.

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        Comment by seekraz — September 25, 2014 @ 7:29 am

        • Those places stay in one’s memory alright. They make quite an impact!

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          Comment by montucky — September 25, 2014 @ 9:17 pm

          • It has been many months since I was on “my” mountain trails, Terry…and I can still see most of them quite clearly…snapshot images alive in my noggin. πŸ™‚

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            Comment by seekraz — October 26, 2014 @ 3:54 pm

            • Those images last a long time. Were I an artist I know I could draw images from as far back as the 40’s from hunts and fishing trips with my Dad.

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              Comment by montucky — October 26, 2014 @ 9:28 pm

  11. There were so many beautiful things that my list would be very long if I started listing them. Lovely post!

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    Comment by Sartenada — September 25, 2014 @ 5:02 am

    • Thanks! It is a pretty setting and the fall colors added to the beauty.

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      Comment by montucky — September 25, 2014 @ 9:14 pm

  12. That water is amazingly clear! And such a short hike to find such beauty, I could do that!

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    Comment by Candace — September 25, 2014 @ 8:51 pm

    • I’m sure you would enjoy that hike. I’ve read that it is a popular hike and for good reason.

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      Comment by montucky — September 25, 2014 @ 9:16 pm

  13. I so enjoyed this series. And it was good to see you confirm what I’ve noticed — that the paths and the environment round them are clean. Maybe even pristine. I’m sure lack of traffic helps, but I’m also sure the people who are up there are committed to keeping things unspoiled. Of course it’s impossible to pick a favorite photo, or even a favorite half-dozen, but you have made me determine to head out for a hike this afternoon – mosquitos be darned!

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    Comment by shoreacres — September 27, 2014 @ 11:29 am

    • It was very gratifying to see how clean the area was especially when considering that it gets a lot of traffic. Maybe there’s hope for us yet!
      I hope your hike was a pleasant one!

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      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2014 @ 10:05 pm

  14. absolutely gorgeous! makes me want to get out for a hike and enjoy the beauty of autumn.

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    Comment by Tammie — September 29, 2014 @ 10:11 am

    • It’s a great time for it. Fairly dry coming up and cool for hiking. Just about perfect fall conditions! I have a trip planned for the weekend in the Cabinet Wilderness.

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      Comment by montucky — September 29, 2014 @ 8:23 pm

  15. I thought I left a comment here. I must have been so transfixed by these stunning photos that I forgot. They are Very beautiful .. the colors … the rock formations, reflections … just gorgeous, and those trails are beyond enticing. πŸ™‚

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — October 6, 2014 @ 6:47 pm

    • That’s a very pretty place and the colors were good on the day that I visited. I returned there last week and the colors had muted somewhat and I had hoped that the larch would have started to turn but they haven’t. Still pretty though!

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      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2014 @ 8:03 pm


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