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East Crestwood Court is a public street off of Packsaddle Drive, which is also public. This parking is about 234 feet higher in elevation than the parking at Nettleton Gulch and it is much closer to the top of Mt Canfield. Take trail 29 from Crestwood to Canfield Loop Rd to the top, This avoids the most of the mountain bikes and motorcycles you may find near Nettleton Gulch.

Perfect, hike with 3yr old and 4 yr old boys. They had a lot of fun on this easy hike. Short enough so they stay on course but still let's them explore nature. Still pretty muddy but that was their favorite part. Also it stays pretty cool on the trail from trees so its perfect for the warmer months ahead.
Also I'd say stroller friendly if you have a jogger with one big front wheel!

With starting at the new trail head I would avoid it now. So many dirt bikes just not a super safe spot to start with pets. The people on the bikes hardly pay attention to which trails they are not allowed on. Wouldn't recommend now :/

04/18/2018-We started at Crestwood Court. The trail was in good shape. Two blow downs right before the Big Tree. Shortly after Big Tree the snow got very deep and numerous blow downs. We couldn’t make it to the Forrest service road to go up to the tower. Other hikers reported moose and bear on the trail past Big Tree. Still, we were able to hike 3.4 miles and gain 1,000 feet in elevation.

Nice hike for an Easter Sunday with the family. A bit muddy in places but overall a very nice trail.

This was our first hike. Was a little tough lots of up and downhill walking. But still fun. Nice view of the city when you get up towards the top. Only saw a couple birds and a little snake

One of the first hikes we did in the NW and we were hooked after that. Hiking through old cedar, often next to a raging river, only to be rewarded with a beautiful crystal clear lake surrounded by mountains.

Great local hike! Hard to find a good hike in March in North Idaho.

Beautiful hike through the old growth cedars along the creek, ending at a glacial lake with great waterfalls and thick plant life everywhere!

a long yet if your up for the 14 mile hike and XC skiing well worth it hike! amazing views from the start to finish! We thought we would be the only people up there, but there was about 6 other people behind us. make sure to start early, it took us about 12 hours, because of the road being closed 5 miles before the trail!!!

Great snowshoe trail mainly through the woods.

backpacking
2 months ago

Far harder hike (more like climb) than expected but beautiful lake with awesome fishing.

Short and sweet with a stunning view of hidden lake. You're sure to see mountain goats and maybe a bear but it's always crowded.

First hike I completed in the park and the view you are rewarded with at the end is well worth it. Be sure to carry bear spray, even though it is a very popular hike and almost always crowded during tourist season you still have a chance at seeing a bear.

Great trail was mixed between ice and hard pack.

I did this hike today (Jan 29) and did not see anyone else. Description above is wrong. There is no river. RT to road is 6 miles. Big tree is about 1.5 mi from start. First part of trail was bare. Near top I was sinking up to my knees every once in a while. Spikes recommended for icy grades. Very nice views along route of Hayden Lake and mts north of Spokane.

Beautiful views, was really icy though and nearly slipped off the trail a couple of times. Going to wear micro spikes the next time!

hiking
2 months ago

After we hiked the Highline Trail from Logan to Granite Park and took the shuttle back to Logan, this was the perfect short hike to finish the day off with. Mid-July, there were still quite a few snow-fields to cross, which a lot of people seemed very unprepared for. That said, none of the fields were dangerous in any way, just don’t wear flip-flops. There were a lot of people on the trail, so be prepared for that. Despite the crowds, we saw several mountain goats and ground squirrels. The trail beyond the overlook down to the lake itself was closed due to bear danger, so can’t comment on that, but even just the view from the overlook is more than worth the hike.

A short and easy hike through the woods with a spectacular lake framed with mountains at the end and a nice stream with small waterfalls at the beginning. The chipmunks and golden-mantled ground squirrels by the lake are so used to human presence, you can observe them from closer up than anywhere else I've ever been.
If you have a half-afternoon free and happen to be in the area, this hike is an absolute must! Just expect parking to be somewhat difficult at peak season, as the hike is very popular.

hiking
3 months ago

Great day in the woods playing in the snow, deep in parts but doable without snow shoes :)

Trail was snow packed already so we just wore our boots and headed up. Nice little climb and beautiful on a bluebird winter day. Took the switch back up and took an indent back that went straight down along the ridge. I've never been here before so not sure if we were on a designated trail but it all went back to the same place eventually. We saw a lot of deer tracks but didn't see animal or person the whole journey. If you love icy wisps and snowy pines I'd recommend bringing your camera or phone. Great little close-by if you don't want to drive too far.

Nice shady moderate hike for our last day in Glacier after being beat up from all the other hikes of our trip. The lake is so pretty and the falls into it are breathtaking.

make sure you go on a clear day or you will be disappointed. the view at the end is fantastic

Great trail. Easy to access right outside Coeur d’Alene. The trail on this side of Canfield is clearly marked and- unlike the other side- dirt bikers are not allowed so the trail is not muddy. Conditions were great today. You are covered in trees the entire trail. There is one overlook and then the end is just when you hit the NFS road. Could be ideal for trail running too with good inclines along the way.

There are two routes. Switch back that go gradual up or a shorter steeper route. Very nice well maintained trail. You park in a nice high end neighborhood. One of the top 10 near CDA.

Busy trail, but the lake at the end is worth it!

5 months ago

The last half mile or so of the road was covered in snow so my roommate and I walked to the trailhead and went from there. Besides that the road wasn't too bad; my Honda crv had no issues getting as far as we got. The "trail" was difficult and not exactly safe with the snow covering the boulders (as well as the deep spaces between boulders). There were footprints to follow so we decided to go ahead and follow the path of whoever went before us. Fortunately no one hurt themselves. We left our vehicle at 2:00pm and got back before 5:30pm. We ate lunch at Hunt Lake (now frozen) but didn't stay long because it was cold and windy. So if you want the mountains all to yourself and also want to build character, try this hike in late October-- otherwise I recommend hitting it earlier in the fall or summer.

This is a pretty good hike and can be challenging. set aside a handful if hours for sure. If you go in winter I highly suggest snow shoes once you get past the big tree if you continue to the peak. Still a wonderful view if you go to the Big tree.

Nice and somewhat easy hike! It was extremely busy but that did not stop us from enjoying it. Once we hit Avalanche Lake we took a little break, dipped our toes in the water and enjoyed the beautiful scenery!

Easy hike with great views on the beginning and end of the trail! Avalanche Lake is well worth it!

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