Pup-A-Tunities Class Starting in April!

Dog Training Class Class starts Thursday, April 3 2014 and runs for 5 weeks in Sandpoint.  This course is designed to give puppies a healthy balance of socialization and training that is easy for any dog owner.  Pup-A-Tunities gives owners the understanding it takes to train any behavior or get rid of any pesky, annoying behavior while maintaining a respectful relationship.

Come meet your pup’s new best friends!  Class size is limited.  Register at North Idaho Animal Hospital to reserve your spot or call 208-627-8134.


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

Mineral Point Trail (#82)

Here is a summation of what others say about it: scenic views of the Green Monarchs and Lake Pend Oreille from this 2.1 mile single track bike or hiking trail. Take Highway 95 south from Sandpoint 6 miles to Sagle Road, turn left and go 6 miles to the Garfield Bay turn-off on the right, drive 2 miles to Garfield Bay. You can park here if you want a long walk or continue on Green Bay Cutoff Road going north about .4 miles to Road 532 then right about 2 miles to the trail head.

Check out the US FS page on Mineral Point.

Grouse Creek Falls

The spectacular cascading falls are a must see. Go 6 miles east on Highway 200 from Sandpoint, then north onto Colburn-Culver Road. Go 6 miles to Grouse Creek Cut-Off Road on the right, then about two miles to join Grouse Creek or Forest Service Road 280. Go right and continue approximately 4 miles staying on Road 280 and watch for a small open meadow on the left. Just beyond the meadow on the right is an unmarked road going down a hill to the trail head #83.

Check out some amazing photography of the falls here: http://www.kateannphotography.net/grouse-creek-falls-sandpoint-idaho/

Schweitzer Mountain Resort Trails

There are miles of trails for all levels of riders and hikers. Friday through Sunday during the summer you can take your bike up on the Great Escape Quad Lift and ride down an advanced 3.5 mile bike trail. Free maps are available at Schweitzer. Highway 95 to Schweitzer Cut-off Road, right onto Boyer, left at Schweitzer Mountain Road for nine miles to the ski area.

Pend Orielle Bay Trail

This is a beautiful trail that I frequent in the summer since my dog loves to cool off in the lake.

You can start this in Sandpoint (just go past Seasons to the end of the road) or Kootenai (where Birch Street ends go down to the water). This trail will hopefully become an official ‘trail’ but isn’t quite yet. Make sure your dog is safe around bikes and not to forget your plastic bags!
There is a website dedicated to this trail here.

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Mickinick Trail (#13)

From Schwietzer Cutoff Road take N. Boyer south, go west on Woodland and follow it across the tracks. The trail head will be on the west side of the road. This trail isn’t for the meek and doesn’t offer any water except at the trail head so be sure to bring your own! For those of you unfamiliar with Bonner County you wont want to forget your leash. This trail is maintained by volunteers.

Check out the US FS page on Mickinick Trail (#13).

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