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 StateParks.com website.
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
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.
Not Red Hook – not Drop Top, Red Top.
Info from Bonners Ferry Chamber of Commerce : Red Top (Hidden Lake) Trail No. 102. From Highway 1, turn west on Copland Road to Smith Creek Road No. 281 to No. 2545 to trailhead. Short hike to high elevation lake with good views and opportunities for spotting wildlife. Watch for bears!
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.
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.
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).
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 bonnersferry.info 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.
This is a nice trail, only 3.3 miles long. You can also use this trail to get to Trail 102 that goes to Hidden Lake!
Directions: Go 15 miles north of Bonners Ferry on US 95 to Copeland Road, go west on Copeland Road, turn right on Road 417, continue north to the junction and take Road 281 to Road 2446, go one mile and park at the trail head!
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.