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Shannon Sumrall reviewed Big Trees Trail
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Rebecca Jones reviewed Big Trees Trail
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Jan Meijer Drees reviewed Big Trees Trail
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HikingWashed out

Firstly, its not a loop except for the little bit right at the end. As far as the trail: the beginning is a maze of single track trails that all more or less wind their way up the hill. Don't be too concerned with whichever track you're on as long as you're going up. Then, you pass through a wooden spike fence and the "trail" turns inartfully straight up the nose of the hill. You go straight up, clomping through fine moon dust generated by extensive dirt bike traffic. I don't mind a steep climb if there's some sort of payoff, but the top of the butte is a bunch of ugly cinderblock buildings and radio antennas and the view is eh. Your choice for the way down is either back the way you came or another pulverized straight down the hill "trail" that turns onto a pulverized and heavily dirt-biked road walk. Pass on this one. The juice ain't worth the squeeze.

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Kristin Glendening reviewed Big Trees Trail
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble

Difficulty not be underestimated! The incline is serious. Avid hiker from Utah and we stopped by thinking we could fly through this hike. First 2 miles are basically straight up. The trail is very difficult to follow so definitely recommend downloading the map so you can stay on track. Probably the most frustrating part of the hike. Would say the view is absolutely worth the accent. The remainder of the trail wasn’t nearly as difficult, with sporadic views of the lake along the way. The loop at the end you descend down a good amount, so be ready to climb right back up! GPS clocked us at 13 miles, not 10.

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Lucas Caywood reviewed Big Trees Trail
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Hiking

All around it was a pretty good trail to hike. I would definitely recommend it for anyone wanting a little bit of a challenge.

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michael loboda reviewed Big Trees Trail
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HikingScramble

very steep trail near the end. view was amazing but it was hard to stay on the right trail. there were a lot of side trails and we ended up coming out about 4 blocks away from our car. the trail near the top also gets pretty gravely making it hard to go down.

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David Peel reviewed Big Trees Trail
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Rocky

Great views are the reward when you get to the peak. It is a very steep trail with mostly loose rock/gravel underfoot, tricky coming down. The trail is not very well marked and there are lots of side trails to confuse you. Going up is certainly a work out, lots of wild flowers in July, no bugs.

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Erica Kayrin reviewed Big Trees Trail
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Hiking

Was a great hike with multiple trail levels to make it to the top.

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Mike Armon reviewed Big Trees Trail
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Hiking

Hard to navigate at times in my opinion, as there weren’t any signs to show you where to go. I had to rely on All Trails to keep on the right path. Beautiful views, pretty quiet for the most part, other than a few dirt bikers and ATVs on the shared trails. It’s pretty steep for the first 2 miles but after that it’s easy. Have fun!

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Hiking

Mostly for mountain biking/ dirt biking. Forestry folks were clearing out shrubbery on trail 7, lots of chainsaws and fallen shrubbery, we had to climb over it but it was only about 500 m of that trail luckily it wasn’t blocked off so we were able to complete the 7 miles.

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Charlie Klene reviewed Big Trees Trail
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Started from mountain vista drive. Ascent was extremely steep to the summit where there is a cell tower. Took 2.5 miles and almost an hour. Made the mistake of continuing on and not returning after the summit. Trail is slow hiking and very difficult. Changed my plan to walk down the Tottens creek trail and return to my car by road. Unfortunately some mean people live there doing their part to make the world a worse place who installed a gate halfway down claiming no trespassing and video surveillance. Clearly a lie but didn’t want to risk coming into contact with crazy people. I do not recommend this trail and wouldn’t do it again. Ended on crestwood ct and walked 4 miles back via road.

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Daniel Mitchell reviewed Big Trees Trail
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The trail conditions are really good today. The snow that fell this morning, was mostly melted on top by evening. Somebody is cleaning up the slash and has it neatly piled. This trail is in mint condition and ready to be explored!

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Laurali Strong reviewed Big Trees Trail
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a beautiful hike

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Clint Golub reviewed Big Trees Trail
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Hiking

Our favorite access point to the Canfield Trail System other than the saddles. Regarding the private property, there’s a public access easement over the sliver of private property that you briefly cross that’s allowed entry since Hayden View Estates was platted nearly 40 years ago. The streets are also public since they’re owned and maintained by the city of Coeur d’Alene. Don’t allow anyone to restrict your right to access your public lands. Be respectful of others and neighbors, but your public lands and access to them is one of the most vital liberties we’ve inherited as Americans, and one of the greatest privileges about living in the American West where national forests and parks abound all around us.

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Amanda Moore reviewed Big Trees Trail
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HikingPrivate propertyRocky
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cortnyrae User reviewed Big Trees Trail
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Beautiful trail. Easiest way to the summit - keep going past the cell tower to get to the best views of Lake Coeur dAlene. On the way up and down, you also get filtered views of Hayden Lake. I did come down to find a note on my car from neighborhood residents asking people to not use this trail head anymore. Apparently the trail is accessed through an easement that is 10'x20' specifically made for residents of the neighborhood. However, there is no other way to access this particular trail.

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Joshua Marquez reviewed Big Trees Trail
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Trail was in great condition! Had a blast on my bike today!

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daniel clark reviewed Big Trees Trail
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I wanted to correct my last review. I talked to the USFS ranger who oversees the trails and he did say that the first about 20 ft of the trail off of Crestwood crt is on private property so to use this access is trespassing. The main reason that the residents of the street are upset is the constant stream of cars coming and going and all that brings with it. I guess the neighbors have just had it and I could understand. The way I see it, if you want to still use this access and not bother anyone (you are still trespassing however) then you will need to find somewhere else to park. The only place to do that would be the George Anderl Memorial Park which would be a good a mile way. The parking at Arena on 16th (don't use if there is an activity which is rare) I have used in the past to access the lower part of the trail and no one seemed to mind, but you are trespassing here too. The sad bit is that this is one of the nicest trails on Canfield which I have enjoyed for years on almost a weekly bases.

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Steve Heberer reviewed Big Trees Trail
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Hiking

somebody in the neighborhood where you start put a flyer on my vehicle saying that the trail is for local neighborhood residents only

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Coye Johnson reviewed Big Trees Trail
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if you go clockwise the trail goes from moderate to hard imo.

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William Oglesby reviewed Big Trees Trail
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daniel clark reviewed Big Trees Trail
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Running

This has to be one of the nicest trails in the area. It is one of the few that do not allow motorcycles. It is a nice 40-45 min run to the top. This is a public access contrary to what some would like you to believe.

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Jordan Schisler reviewed Big Trees Trail
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