Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
A nice walk, better than many in this nation.
Anyone know what's up with the many dozens of small burn piles on the slope? Minimizing slash pile for a wildfire later?
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 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.
This is a very steep and lengthy hike but worth the view from the top! I would recommend some good shoes and lots of water! Even if you are a leisure hiker you can still complete this hike a small challenge. It is absolutely worth it in the end for the view from the top.
Hiking mineral ridge is one of my favorite things to do over the summer! its a pretty easy hike and has some pretty awesome views.
Beautiful views, easy access to water, I suggest going off trail and higher for some super dank creek action
Hiked on 11/11/16. Trail is well maintained and beautiful! Decently steep, but it's fun!
This is a very pretty hike, although, it is not "easy" so it might not be a good hike for beginners. I love how you can see the water from certain places on the trail.
Beautiful Trail with an amazing view once you reach the top. This is a very fun trail of moderate difficulty and its great to take your dogs just remember to bring a leash and poop baggies!
Outstanding trail. Literally you are lost in the forest with a incredible incline. Burning your legs and testing your will. But at the top, it is all worth it. It is breath taking to be that high and overlooking the beautiful of the end of lake. It is a moderately hard climb.
Nice trail with good elevation changes , suitable for almost all ability levels.
Mineral Ridge is my go-to trail for a quick communion with nature. This is a well-maintained trail with an outstanding parking area, restroom facilities, and a picnic area. I hike this trail all year round, including in the snow. I did it this morning in the rain.
I have noticed an increasing amount of dog feces along the trail lately. There was even a little blue plastic bag of dog feces that some inconsiderate person had left on a bench. (I understand that dogs are animals, but their owners should not be. Please demonstrate some basic social morality, and clean up after your precious mutt.)
Aside from abundant piles of dog feces, this is an outstanding trail and a rewarding hike.