Pend Oreille Dog Park

The “Little city with a big future” has its own dog park! If you live in Sandpoint you may not even be aware that there is a fully fenced dog park within ten minutes. All you have to do is go north out of Sandpoint on 95 until you hit Kootenai Cutoff (Walmart) and turn right. Go past Walmart until you see Pend Orielle Veterinary Services and park in their parking lot. The park is set back from the road and has a few trees where you will see everyone standing in the summers. If your hoping to meet other dogs and you have a dog that does well with others try going around 2:30 – 3:00 on a weekday and your bound to meet some other devoted dog owners.

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Centennial Trail Stystem

Here is a trail that everyone in North Idaho has heard of, even if they don’t live near Coeur d’Alene… 🙂
This trail asks that all pets be on leash, with a pack it in pack it out, and don’t disturb the environment (i.e. don’t let your dogs dig everything up). I think this trail would be an awesome trail for bikejoring or scootering. Bikers are asked to only ride two abreast and not go over 15 mph. There are events held on the trail so if your dog doesn’t do well with big groups of people you might check out the North Idaho Centennial Trail website to make sure there wont be a marathon going on! I would also recommend that site if you are looking for directions to get to the trail because there are so many different ways to get to it.
You can also check the Parks Dept. site for more information or the website.

Tubbs Hill

Here is a great place to take your dog in Coeur d’Alene. You want trees, sand, and water all close to downtown? Then Tubbs Hill is the place for you and your puppy. Signs do ask that you keep your dog on leash and bags for cleaning up after you dog are provided. There are numerous points of interest that are fun to learn about, all you need to do is pick up a free brochure at the Coeur d’Alene Parks Dept. There are a few sites that give information about Tubbs Hill, one is
If you would like to see the city’s web page on Tubbs Hill go to
Directions: From I-90 take NW Boulevard South, continue on as the road curves left and turns into Sherman Avenue. Turn right on Front Street, which again curves left and hang a right into the Diamond Parking Lot.

Pend Orielle Divide Trail (#67)

I didn’t know about this trail until I did some research on trails in this area – be sure to comment if you have any more information on this hike!

Info provided by US FS.
Access 1: From Sandpoint take Hwy 200 east 12 miles to Trestle Creek Road 275; turn left onto Road 275 and go 12 miles to Lunch Peak Road 1091; turn left onto Road 1091 and go 4 miles to the trailhead located just below Lunch Peak lookout.

Access 2: Access to the northern end is via Hwy 200 east 6 miles to Colburn Culver Road; turn left and go 6 miles to Grouse Creek Road; turn right onto Grouse Creek Road and go 1.5 miles; turn right and go 12 miles to the end of Grouse Creek Road 280. This is the trailhead for Hemlock Trail 488; take Trail 488 approx. 4 miles to the junction with Trail 67

Clifty Mountain Trail (#182)

I’ve heard a lot of people talk about this hike!

Directions according to Bonners Ferry Chamber of Comerce: 18 miles southeast of Bonners Ferry via Twenty Mile Road No. 408 and Black Mountain Road No. 274. Vehicle access to trailhead is at saddle east of Black Mountain. Moderate 1.5-mile hike to Clifty Mountain. Outstanding views of Bonners Ferry, Kootenai Valley, Selkirk and Cabinet mountains.

Queen Lake and Mountain Trail (#152)

Info from Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce: Queen Lake and Mountain Trail No. 152. 15 miles northeast of Bonners Ferry via Meadow Creek Road No. 229 and Queen Mountain Road No. 2542. Moderate half-mile hike to lake from trailhead, over mountain is three-quarters of a mile farther. Excellent views of Moyie River Valley and Purcell Mountains.

Roman Nose Lakes Trails (#160 & #165)

A local favorite…

Info from Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce:Roman Nose Lakes Trails No. 160 and 165. 23 miles southwest of Bonners Ferry via Snow Creek Road No. 402, Road No. 1007 through Caribou Pass and Road No. 2667. Vehicle access to Roman Nose Lake No. 3, limited camping and picnicking, day hikes to other lakes 1-2 miles. High mountain vistas of the Selkirk Crest, including the Sundance Fire area.

Two Mouth Lakes Trail (Trail #268)

I still have yet to do this trail but wanted to post the info for others. Please leave comments and let others know about your experience. 🙂 This trail is great for horses / pack animals too.

This 5.5 mile trail leads you to the lakes!
Directions: Take Road 633 west of Bonners Ferry through the Myrtle Creek Drainage. The trail head is in upper Myrtle Creek.
I also found some info for you GPSers: lat 48.7066, lon -116.6441 and the altitude is 5902 feet (1799 meters).

Long Canyon Trail (Trail #16)

I’m hoping to do this trail next summer with my family as a 4-5 day backpacking trip. From what I hear it is a beautiful trail that includes old growth forests and views of Long and Parker Canyons. According to be prepared to see grizzlies and caribou! The full loop it is 32 miles long.
Directions: Take US 95 north from Bonners Ferry and turn west on County Road 18 to where you can park at the Westside Road trailhead.