Bud Howard aka Big Tree Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Moderate hike, connecting to Canfield Mtn. trail system This is a nice climb, with views through the trees. This trail connects with the Canfield Mtn trail system. Presently there is only one blowdown, it appears the local horse clubs maintain the trail well. This is also accessed by horseback from Dalton Gardens area.
Peaceful and scenic
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.
super awesome on / off trail creek spot and views~~~!!
Great trail. Beautiful in the fall. Near the top there was noise from ATVs which was annoying but other than that disturbance it was a great hike.
Nice trail and easy to get too. There was frequent noise from the close motor vehicle trails, but gorgeous views. I look forward to seeing it in the spring.
Steep trail but easy to access and connects to the Canfield Mountain trail system. I did not see a river or any water this time of year, however, at the top of the hike you have views of Hayden and Couer d'Alene lakes. Trails are maintained and easy to find.
Forested trail, narrow at times. Some decent views of nearby towns and mountains. Watch out for bikers barreling down narrow stretches, nearly got hit a couple of times.
Great hike and close to town.
Nice trail close the town. Pretty easy hike.
My wife and I did the hike in March this year. It was great! The only downside was the amount of snow we had to trek through. A good two feet in some areas. Overall a long and nice hike. The views from the top are spectacular and made the snow well worth it. The hike was slightly boring and not much to be seen until the top.