Caribou Ridge National Recreation Trail

HARD 8 reviews

Caribou Ridge National Recreation Trail is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Harrison, ID that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.6 miles 2404 feet Out & Back

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The trail is a 9.2 miles round trip out-and-back with great views of the Beauty Creek Campground & Lake Coeur d'Alene. Huckleberries bushes are along the trail. A creek (with heavy flow in the spring) must me crossed to get to the trail (seasonal). The construction of this trail was completed 1982. The trail is in good condition. The forest service classifies this trail as a Moderate Use trail. At points, the trail is narrow with steep drop offs to the side. The trail is steep in some places and wet weather can make the trail slick. This is a hiking only trail and is closed to motorcycle and horse use.

2 months ago

Great trail that is pretty well maintained. The hike up itself is beautiful if you like paths through miss and pine trees. The top didn't have a clear view as expected though so that's a fairly big let down. good workout though. not a super hard hike. mostly walking after the initial climb. would recommend.

3 months ago

Comfortable medium length hike

This is a very comfortable trail to hike. The trail is well maintained and clear, it is mostly shady, its grade is consistently pleasant, it doesn't have any unusually steep parts, and its quick to get to from the highway.

What would make it better are some views. There are a couple places you can see a view, but they are partially obscured by trees and not that great. The trail also has no water (it is currently mid July).

I started on the trail right by the beauty creek campground. There is a small parking lot just before you enter the campground with a sign that says trail. I parked there and took that trail.

There are a couple junctions that are unsigned or the sign has fallen down. Just use common sense. If you are going up, continue on the trail that climbs, don't take the one that leads back down a different way.

My GPS measured there and back at 11 miles.

1 year ago

A couple beautiful views on the first mile, then takes a while to get to the top where there wasn't much of a view. Still a good peaceful hike.

mountain biking
1 year ago

Fun fun fun

1 year ago

Great trail, but really steep and dangerous cliffs on the last two miles of the trail but its super fun

2 years ago

Great hike thats very close to mineral ridge. It's an uphill climb for the most part to the top. Went 3 miles before turning around and really enjoyed the views. Very enjoyable trail in nice shape. Lots of steep drop offs but nothing unsafe. Looks like trail goes on for a long ways and would love to make it further.

2 years ago

A nice out-and-back trail from Beauty Creek Campground. The trail is in great shape, a few places with minor exposure, but overall very few obstacles. Great views of Lake Couer d' Alene for the first few miles. You reach FR 438 in 4.6 miles, which makes a good turn-around spot, or continue Trail 79 to summit Mount Couer d' Alene. Good view points at mile 2 if you don't want to complete the entire length.

2 years ago

If you can get across the creek at the start this is a great hike up a ridge with wildflowers and great views. Best time is probably July-September.