Did this hike about 3 weeks ago. You will definitely want to bring your snow shoes as we found out, the snow knee deep in some areas. As previously stated, hike has moderate incline with switch backs throughout, but man is that vista at the top worth it!
The service roads to get up are a bit dicey if you don't have a 4x4.
Today, the trail was fantastic! I brought snowshoes, but didn't need them. I climbed all of the way to the top with ice cleats on my hiking boots. The snow on the trail has been well packed by snow shoes. I saw an elderly couple with only hiking boots and hiking poles, who seemed to be managing just fine. The snow on the mountain and trees looked magical.
I did this trail today, on a frosty December afternoon. There was about 8 inches of snow on the ground. It was a good workout getting up and back, but manageable. I used hiking poles, and saved myself from several falls. I saw deer near the trail head.
Mineral Ridge has some very difficult terrain that can require you to take frequent rests. Thankfully is has several flat areas with benches if you feel this need. Once you reach the top however you will be greatly rewarded with a beautiful view of the back side of Couer d' Alene Lake. It's not an easy trail so make sure you get plenty of rest before hiking this hill.
Mineral ridge is a another good place is to go that is relatively close to town. The trails are in good shape but do get pretty muddy if its been raining. Awesome view of the lake at the top + a picnic table. Its a shame that the freeway runs right through the awesome view.
One of the most beautiful and rewarding short day hikes around this area. It is short enough for kids and pets and just long enough for it to be a challenge for them. The waterfalls, the pristine lake, the mountainsides of huckleberries.... What more could you ask for?! The lake is so gorgeous, but oh so COLD! A wonderful day adventure, or a fun beginning backpacking trip.
Signing for the Canfield Trail system is in need of much TLC. Make sure you bring your GPS and a compass in case you absolutely cannot locate any trail markings. These trails are frequently used for motorized bikes and become deeply rutted. The rutted trails are a nightmare to hike on. Also, don't plan on listening to music, you need to be able to hear motor bikes coming! They are going fast and tearing down the trails. I would not want to get run over.
I hiked Mineral Ridge this morning, after the first heavy snow of the year. The snow was powdery and unpacked, so the going was easy enough with hiking poles. Having been on this trail when the snow gets packed and icy, I would advise that you bring hiking poles and maybe ice cleats during the winter, unless you don't mind a few falls in the snow.
Time of Year: December, no snow.
A simple hike, very easy. The trail is very accessible with plenty of parking. It being a state park you will need to pay for parking or have an Idaho State Parks pass. The trail is well maintained and in some places can fit three people abreast. I hiked the section that circles around the lake, but there are other trails that break off that aren't listed here. After completion I showed hiking two miles.
Its a charming little lake. The west part of the lake has a river that the trail can follow, while the east side is a bit swampy. There is nothing that sticks out about the lake, but for those nearby that want to go for a scenic amble should consider this one.
We were first timers and a little late in the season. Great thing was that the trail wasn't too busy and there were bald eagles to watch along the way! That incline was a bit challenging; however, the gorgeous vistas were so worth it! Well maintained, too.
This moderately difficult trail is mostly switchbacks, so prepare for it bit of a climb. You also have to drive forest service roads to reach the trail head, so make sure that is something you are comfortable with. The hike up can be a bit tedious, but it's all worth it though as the views are grand. Chilco peak has a red rock cover and little trees allowing 360 degree view of the surrounding area. There is also the remains of an old lookout post. I would recommend this hike!
This is a must do Hike! The views at the top are beautiful! Theres a shelter at the top you can sit at that has a picnic table to enjoy a snack or lunch and look at the lake/bay. Lots of benches to sit at along your hike. It's a moderate hike with some steep inclines. Trails are in great shape and nicely marked. Would be hard to get lost.