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Great little loop trail with some nice views at the top. Was great for a quick morning hike, definitely would do this trail again.

18 days ago

Great little hike to do with the family and your fur babies! Love this trail and the views but the parking lot is tiny. So get there early

Nice secluded spot, at least it was back in 2014. Not sure how it's held up.

Very easy trial, pretty scenery. Fun way to spend a day off.

TOTALLY WORTH IT! I got there during sunrise and had the whole place to myself for two hours. Really short hike to a really wonderful hot spring :)

1 month ago

It was a good chill hike. Was a bit longer hike cause big Smokey creek was rushing so the lower trail was cut off by the creek water was to high to cross. So we had to take the higher tail which made for a good hike.. if you like hot springs give it a try you won’t be disappointed..

on Indian Cliff Trail

1 month ago

Great trail!!

1 month ago

July - Summer

This is a nice little loop trail that has some good viewpoints of the lake.

The forest is fairly dense at first but opens up as you continue the loop. Once out of the trees it is very open and can be a bit hot depending on the time of day. If you have dogs remember to bring water for them as there isn’t any water access on the trail.

The trail itself is pretty easy, only a small elevation gain and there are a couple of benches to sit and rest on.

Parking is nice and open, but remember that this is a state park, so fees are required.

Overall not something I would go out of my way for, but if your in the area it’s worth giving it a hike.

1 month ago

This hike ended up being close to 8 miles and is integrated with four other trails: Indian Cliffs, Plummer Creek Fire, Shoeffler Butte and Mullan Road Trail. It's possible to make this as long or as short of an outing as you like. Hiking an Easy incline on the "road" up with well marked trail signs, plenty of shade, and a variety of plants and animals. For more active individuals, this would be a better mountain biking or trail running area. Great place for dogs. Definitely stop at the Visitor Center and get a free map. Also, there are three parking areas to access the trail of the Coeur d Alene's biking trail.

Spent 2 nights June 11-13. Trail was muddy but passable. The creek was raging and would be very difficult to cross for most hikers. We crossed in hair-raising fashion, balancing on logs. The pools were a little grimy but 102-ish degrees and wonderful after a day’s hike. The creek is right nearby, as are small rivulets for water consumption. We day-hiked from the hot springs up toward the lakes, but halfway up the snow was still very deep, though it was packed enough to walk on. Very enjoyable camping location!

Great Hike. Took the kids. Not too busy!

Good hike with awesome views of the lake

Loved the trail. Nice easy hike with some climb to it but not strenuous at all. I look forward to taking my grandkids

very cool

7 months ago

Went on a Tuesday and had the trail to myself (besides the whitetail deer I saw). Great spot to hike and take in the view

I just added this on to the Caribou Ridge Trail hike its a nice trail but no views from the top.Wish I could have seen the old lookout tower.

5.00 per vehicle per day, Idaho residents can purchase an Idaho State Passport for 10.00 at DMV and get free day use at all Idaho state parks. Out of state residents pay $40.00 per year and can purchase online or at any state park.
These passes also give you a break on camping fees.
If you don’t want either there is a self pay station
Fees are in effect year round.

Great winter option for us today! Beautiful saw no one else on the trail would recommend

No where near elk city. So don't be confused. The trail was moderate, some steep places not for the light of heart it's a little over 5 miles each way. It was a good day trip took 6 hours with a hour or so at the hot spring. We went early and it was warm coming back but sooo beautiful. Light traffic looked like quiet a few people had gone in camping over the weekend. Soo beautiful. Worth the Hike!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Not a hard hike. Lots of exposure so I wouldn't recommend doing it in the heat of the day. The hot springs are beautiful and worth it!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A good, easy hike. There were a couple elevated areas that made my heart rate spike, but not too much to handle. I could have easily gone again. Pretty views toward the top.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

beautiful! long but uneventful along the way. We had a total of 4 of us, 2 adults & 2 12 year old girls. we made it Just fine with a reward of Ice cream in Harrison at the end!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Pretty decent climb for us who are basically couch potatoes! It was gradual with a few steeper parts that we had to stop and rest for a bit. There were a couple of benches placed at strategic resting spots. The top flattens out and it was beautiful. We met two other groups of hikers on Sunday about 10:30. You need to pay for access.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nice view up top!

Parts of the trail we're a bit overgrown. (June '17)

on Indian Cliff Trail

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Fabulous views from at the top. It seems like the climb going counterclockwise is more gradual. Nice and quiet away from the road. There is a nice picnic table at the top so take a snack and enjoy the view.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Gorgeous views from top of the ridge. Trail is well shaded. Elevation gain toward the beginning and then an easy trail from there.

Monday, June 12, 2017

This was an excellent trail. It wasn't too difficult. We even saw some naked ladies relaxing in one of the hot springs!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Beautiful views!

Monday, June 05, 2017

Great hike and wonderful hot springs! Spring 2017 June 3rd river crossing is partially washed out, but we crossed by very carefully stepping into the river and holding onto logs. I uploaded a picture of the washed out part of the crossing so you can get a sense of what it looks like. Some people we met at the crossing had dogs and didn't cross due to concerns about getting them over/back. Additionally, a couple we passed on the way out to the trailhead was going to add a rope to the crossing to improve it. Don't know if they were successful, or if there are official plans for improving the river crossing. We were able to make it, but cross at your own risk until it is improved. Don't want to scare anyone away, it's worth it!

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