Explore the most popular lake trails in Coeur D Alene National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Lost the trail once I reached the waterfall due to the snow and had to turn back. Beautiful hike, but would have loved to make it to the lake. Definitely a steep hike.

backpacking
4 days ago

Do you think there next weekend there would be too much snow to make it?

Great views of Lake Coeur d’Alene!
Beautiful.
Well maintained trail... great for a family hike.

As of last weekend the road to Trailhead is still snowed in. A person could hike to the trailhead it's only one mile up the road. We did not hike it because did not have cleats and snow was too slippery. We ended up going to Settlers Grove near Murray Idaho.

Nice little loop with some fairly steep switchbacks. We worked up a sweat even though it was only two miles. Despite the slope the trail was nicely maintained and not slippy or too full of roots/rocks. The view at the top was nice but somewhat lessened by the noisy highway running through it. My dogs enjoyed it but it seemed that we were the only ones following the leash rule.

Loved this trail, views at the top are awesome

I loved the views at the top of this short but fun hike! It was a steady uphill climb with switchbacks to the top with expansive views of Lake Coeur d'Alene. The way down was steep with some sliding rocks.

Beautiful path. Extremely well maintained.

Well maintained trail with great views. Moderate uphill. Parking pretty tight

good trail and great scenery, we hike the alternate trail at the top with the steep end to it. 2 for 1 can't complain.

5/5/18 Steep hike but beautiful views! Trail is still mostly covered in snow but discernible overall. We were able to make it to the clearing before the big waterfall with our dog but turned around there as the snow was several feet deep. Definitely recommend gaiters and snow shoes to make it to the lower lake right now.

Nice steady climb. Great views!

Great hike. Fairly easy. Wonderfully maintained trail. I hiked it approximately two years ago.

I enjoyed this trail way more than I thought I would. I got there at 7 am and was the first one there on a Sunday morning. When I came down at 9, the parking lot was full and cars were waiting for spaces. The lookout is stunning and walking along the ridge is breathtaking. Definitely take the side trail to Elk Mountain Road Overlook when you get to the top. The view is stunning. I added pics!

Great hike with a great view. A lot of vertical increase and decrease so be ready to go up and then go down.
I wouldn't suggest it for those who can't handle constantly going up hill or downhill.

Great shoot off trail at that top.

Aside from one really nice overlook, there are probably better trails in the area. Good for kids and elderly people as it's not very strenuous. no hiking boots required.

Great trail and views! Looking forward to returning on a less rainy, muddy day.

Great hike with kids and dogs. Trail is in great shape. Great views at the top.

Great hike this morning only one muddy spot a couple new fallen trees.

Beautiful over look

Great 3 mile loop, well maintained, and beautiful views! the parking lot was packed and overfull and that made me a little nervous the trail would be packed. It was busy, but not so busy the trail was crowded or people were stepping on eachother. Good little afternoon hike!

It’s a fairly moderate hike that has a nice view and a few little surprises along the way

As of Jan 15th the trail is mildly muddy with only a handful of sections that are very slick and icy. You do not need cleats or YakTrax at this point.

I went back in mid-November. We went all the way to the lake with no snow shoes but we made our own trail and the snow was 2+ feet deep in most spots. Beautiful hike but would highly recommend snow shoes and poles!

Not a bad hike for the beginning of the season to get your hiking juices flowing! Pretty steep sections and a nice view from the top!

Beautiful morning on mineral ridge today.. the fog started clearing out and made for some spectacular views. Nice short hike close to home.

I love this hike! This hike is quick but it is beautiful and gets your blood pumping. The view from the top of the mountain is like nothing I have ever seen before. CDA is beautiful, especially from the top.

Quick hike, beautiful views, nice groomed trail.

hiking
5 months ago

This was I nice short snowshoeing outing on some new shoes to see how they will do in a variety of terrain good ups and skirting and the down. Fun times !!

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