Rock Lake Trail #935 Spring-Summer-Fall Moderate

Bag this lake soon, because if the Rock Creek Mine happens, we will be unable to access the trail, unless the USFS negotiates access.
To access the trail follow Hwy 200 into Montana from Sandpoint. 1.8 miles past the Noxon turn off turn left onto Rock Creek Road for .2 miles under the power lines and bear right onto F.R. #150 for 41/2. After 5.3 miles bear right onto Road 150A or the East Fork Rock Creek and drive to the trailhead.
The hike is very easy to start, along an old mining road up through wetland meadows. Once up against the mountain the trail heads up for about 2 miles to an old mining site and Rock Creek Falls. Spend a few minutes photographing the 50 foot fall with it's old mining machinery and wildflowers. The trail to the lake from the falls is back down the trail a few feet. The lake sits just above the falls in a large open valley with Rock Peak on the left (south west) and Ojibway Peak on the right. Up past the end of the lake you can see the upper valley that leads to St. Paul Pass. The upper valley is gorgeous with lots of wildflowers and a wonderful cascading stream to soak your feet in. The views from the upper valley also offer great views back down at the lake. This section of Rock Lake is more difficult to access and hike in, because it has no real trail.

Cool things to see: Wildlife, meadows, wildflowers, scenic trail, large waterfall, cliffs, towering peaks, island, lake, upper valley and distant scenics.