More parks open to dogs in Sandpoint

Here is the proof (from

Ordinance No. 1248 – Dogs in Hickory Park

(adopted November 17, 2010)

Leashed dogs (a maximum of 3 per handler) will be allowed in Hickory Park on a trial basis, January 1, 2011, through December 1, 2011, with exceptions: No dogs are allowed inside the children’s playground area, the basketball court, or the skate feature.

Ordinance No. 1247 – Dogs in Lakeview Park

(adopted November 17, 2010)

Leashed dogs (a maximum of 3 per handler) are now allowed in Lakeview Park on a permanent basis, with exceptions: No dogs are allowed in the children’s playground area, within the fenced tennis courts, or within the boundaries of the basketball court. Dogs are not allowed inside the fence at Memorial Field.

Bill Chipman Palouse Trail AKA The Moscow Pullman Trail

Here is another great paved trail perfect for getting some exercise with your dog. This trail starts where Perimeter Drive meets the Moscow Pullman Highway in Moscow and shadows the highway to Pullman. It is slightly up hill but you will only notice that if your riding your bike. 😉
Visit their website for more info and photos.

Latah Trail

The Latah Foundation spear headed this rail-to-trail. It goes from Moscow to Troy and is free of motorized vehicles. It is a great trail for roller blading / scootering /biking with your best friend since it is paved. It starts near the UI fountains in Moscow where 95 and 8 meet. The trail follows the Troy Highway the majority of the way to Troy!

“The 12-mile trail between Moscow and Troy was completed in October 2008. It is a fully paved, 10-foot wide trail intended for use by pedestrians, bicyclists, in-line skaters, wheel-chair operators, cross-country skiers and others with non-motorized transportation. In August 2009, Latah County acquired ownership of the old rail bed continuing 4 miles southeast of Troy. This next section of trail is currently an unimproved gravel/rock pathway that follows Bear Creek.” From

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Mary Minerva McCroskey Country Trail

The McCroskey State Park has a lot of offer! “This 5300-acre ridgeline park is dedicated to pioneer women. McCroskey State Park’s highlight is an 18-mile skyline drive through the park on unimproved roads provides spectacular views of the rolling Palouse country and access to 32 miles of multi-purpose trails. Facilities include a group day use shelter, primitive camping areas and picnic areas along the road. The road is not recommended for large RVs and may be too rough for your family car.”
~State of Idaho Parks and Rec
Visit the website above for maps and more information.

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Marie Creek Trail

This is a newer trail that was made with the assistance of Panhandle Back Country Horsemen in 2002. All information on this trail is provided by Panhandle Back Country Horsemen. It is a loop that is just over 10 miles and only minutes from Coeur d’Alene.
Directions: “From I-90 east of Coeur d’Alene take the Harrison exit (# 22) and turn north. Turn right at the stop sign on the frontage road. Go 1.4 miles and turn left on Wolf Lodge Road. After 4.5 miles turn right on Marie Creek Road. After approximately 2 miles turn right on the one-lane entry to the trailhead. There is no trailhead sign there (or if there was, it was buried in weeds), but where the entrance splits away there is a large sign stating that motor vehicles must stay on designated roads.”

Chilco Mountain Trail

Information on this trail is from There is plenty of parking for this trail but no water. The two mile hike to the summit provides views of Purcell Trench, Rathdrum Prairie, Coeur d’Alene, St. Joe, Cabinet, and Selkirk Mountain Ranges, and Lake Pend O’Reille

“From Coeur d’Alene, drive north on US 95 approximately 15 miles to Bunco Road (in front of Silverwood Theme Park), turn right onto Bunco Road. This road turns left (continues straight as Nunn Road, take the left), then curves right. Continue on Forest Road 209 (dirt, good quality but some washboarding) for 6.8 miles. Don’t turn off of this road onto the many dead-end logging roads. The trail begins at the signed junction between FR 209 (Clark Fork River) and NF 385 (Little North Fork Coeur d’Alene/Honeysuckle Campground). Parking is on the left.”