Chilco Mountain Trail

MODERATE 37 reviews

Chilco Mountain Trail is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Athol, ID that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.6 miles 1480 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

rocky

The Chilco Mountains offer a beautiful, scenic view of the area north of Coeur d'Alene. This trail ends up splitting off into 3 different trails, which offer different lengths and overlooks. The trailhead offers three different trails and is clearly marked as you're hiking. The N Chiclo is the most popular as its 2 miles up and offers great scenery.

hiking
11 days ago

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!

hiking
25 days ago

Super vigorous! Nice trail, went on a rainy, windy day so no view but I'll be doing this one again.

2 months ago

honestly one of my favorites. defensively enjoyable the second or third time around.

2 months ago

Great views and good steep uphill.

2 months ago

Just went up this morning for sunrise and it was absolutely incredible!

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great view and easy hike.

hiking
3 months ago

smokey at the top from all the area fires but overall great hike with moderate difficulty going up!

trail running
3 months ago

Beautiful 360 deg view on top.

hiking
3 months ago

it is an awesome hike. The view from the top is breathtaking!

4 months ago

well kept trail. beautiful views. and huckleberries! :)

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice afternoon hike. Trail was littered with Huckleberry bushes ripe for the picking. We stayed in the north peak and had an amazing view from the top.

4 months ago

Awesome! Getting to the top is worth it!

5 months ago

Amazing even in pouring rain...no view at the top due to weather enticed us to return soon!

hiking
5 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail - it is not quite as long as the guide suggests. The hike to the North Peak is only 2.25 miles. That being said, it is really very steep - especially the last 1/4 mile, which is over sharp, uneven rockfall. Saw two mountain lions, but I shouted and they left. Had I not been carrying both bear spray and a .44, I would have been much more worried. Path itself is well maintained, but generally dull until you reach the peak.

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

One of the best short hikes in the area. Good climb, well marked trail, good condition, and a beautiful view from the top.

Only downside is parking. The trailhead is on 15 miles of washboarded dirt roads, and there is no parking lot. Just a small saddle area where you park on the shoulder area of dirt roads.

5 months ago

A pretty steady up hill hike, nice groomed trail. There was only one downed tree at the tail head on our trip. Very much enjoyed the view of the lake. Bit of a drive in but nice forest drive on a decent dirt road. Passed several ATVs and trucks with trailers and dirt bikes on road so fairly well traveled area.

hiking
6 months ago

Very enjoyable hike. Trail started with a few downed trees in the path that we either went under, over or around. Beautiful trillium flowers were everywhere, along with glacial lilies and cute little orchids. Nice forest hike until you reach the top, where it opens up and you have beautiful 360 views of the mountains. Our dog picked up quite a few fleas on this trail, heads up.
CAUTION!!! When we reached the first spot the levels out on the top we found adult mountain lion tracks in the snow. I don't know if is a female with young, but be careful. Another reviewer also saw tracks and the lion itself. Keep your dogs on leashes and your children close. Lions are all over these mountains, but this one seems to be living and hanging out up here where a lot of people camp and hike.