Explore the most popular birding trails in Idaho Panhandle 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.

Very well maintained trail with amazing views to reward you for the effort. 6 mile drive on forest service roads to get to trailhead.

Beautiful hike with incredible views. Just enough incline going up to get your heart rate up and blood pumping. Perfect for a easy hike to get outside and even better, the eagles are out this time of year!!

Cons: Could be very crowded/congested on weekends from November-December. This is mostly due to large birdwatching crowds in the area; especially during “Eagle Week.” Wildlife other than eagles is scarce due to trail usage, number of people & dogs.

Pros: Despite the crowds, the area is gorgeous with 90° lake views @ summit, large timber & rolling hillside on the accent. The trail is well maintained with mile markers as well as nav. signs.

Tips: Current conditions prove no snow & only dusting @ summit. 1st mile is a very gradual incline; proving doable for toddlers/kids -5. Upon reaching mile marker 1 expect incline switchbacks which could prove tough for toddlers/kids -5 or packs 35+.

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Beautiful short, easy hike! The trees make you feel transported to another world. They're huge! I went in June of 2018 and the trees had some fire damage. The road to the trail is pretty rough and bumpy.

Great terrain, trails well groomed. December was muddy, and Mozzi and I got good rain and a little gusty winds too. We went to test some new gear, so these were the conditions we were looking for... The hike itself is pretty easy with lots of switchbacks, no major technical terrain either. There are some steep spots on the way back so be thoughtful of that. This is a perfect pair of trails for that quick 45 min to hour and a half hike, you can go up to lost man, or just hit the scenic loop and be on your way. From Spokane and back, it was a four hour trip. Totally doable

snowshoeing
1 month ago

One of favorite alpine lakes. It made for one epic snowshoe. Be prepared for technical shoeing, cold conditions and predators.

Easy to get to. Great scenery. Less than an hour walk.

Nice winter hike along a creek.

Perfect 2 hour hike with great views

great hike with quarter mile markers to encourage the kids along.

Fun trail close to town. It's pretty steep, but the scenery at the top is nice. Some bouldering near the old lookout tower is a nice change of pace

2 months ago

Hiked 2 days ago. A few inches of snow was on trail for the last mile or so to the summit. I had yak trax just in case but didn’t need them The rest had icy spots & frost. No problem getting to trailhead or driving on Forest road with my Honda CR-V. Chilco is one of my favorite trails in the area!

The view from the top is nice. This is very easy hike if you just hike the Mineral Ridge Trail and very popular. For a longer hike, take the Wilson Trail which turns into the Lost Man Trail. When you arrive at the switchback on the forest service road, you can go to the right which takes you back down the Ridge. There's also many other trail options on the forest service road.

Easy hike to the top views. Absolutely beautiful. Saw an Eagle at the top.

This was the best trail/hike I have done in a long time! absolutely beautiful!! the fall colors, waterfalls, and the lake at the end was breathtaking!!

2 months ago

10/27 - no snow on the trail or surrounding peaks. Well maintained and no obstructions on main route. Circumnavigation of the lake is possible but not well marked; steep, muddy and poor footing in places. The drive out through Murray and along the river was beautiful. Plan enough time for breakfast at Snake Pit or lunch and beers in Wallace.

Very steep hike and the trail is well maintained. The top section thru the shale rock is challenging but rewarded with an unobstructed 360 view at the top.

Great views up top and trail was well maintained.

Great for training with a weighted pack. Not to far, great elevation gain and well maintained trail!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike, the Tamaracks are splendidly golden this time of year and the view of lake Pend Orielle from the summit is spectacular. That being said, I cannot overstate the fact that this hike is RELENTLESSLY UPHILL. There are very few spots where the path levels out and those moments are few and far between, so for that reason alone I would bump this up from moderate to hard. I’m in pretty decent shape and it was a struggle, definitely a thigh-burner!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice area with plenty of parking. The start of the trailhead was well marked but about a half mile into the hike we came to a clear landing. There was a logging road on our right side and a poorly marked path straight ahead. The actual trail is straight ahead (not on the right side where the logging road is). We ended up turning around because the trail was overgrown and hard to follow. If you do go on this trail, just make sure to follow the map AllTrails provides and not go on the logging road like we accidentally did.
Still made for a beautiful fall day and still worth while.

A bit uphill but definitely worth it when you get to the top.

I have chronic pain conditions that often prohibit me from walking much, but I got lucky with this trail. With places to stop and rest all along the way, I was able to cover a lot of ground here. And it was BEAUTIFUL. It's sad that it suffered suffered such a close call with a wildfire, but was well saved and still magnificent. It is truly a hidden treasure in the gem state.

Love this hike especially when you reach the top and have a beautiful view of CDA lake. There is also some history to read and share about the trail. I also liked that the trail markers were clearly visable throughout the hike and the trails .

3 months ago

Did this last Saturday. Could not believe there was snow on the trail. Beautiful hike. Great reflections on the lake

mountain biking
3 months ago

Make sure you have at least 4 hours to ride/read all the signs or you’ll be rushed

Super Fun little hike. I live here and hike Mineral a ton! Never get tired of it
Lake views are awesome!

hiking
3 months ago

October - Early Fall

Lone Lake offers easy access to some beautiful views of a lower alpine lake.

Much like Stevens Lake, what makes this lake appealing is it’s location. Near the freeway and requiring only about 5 minutes of mild service road driving makes this a great hike for people that aren’t equipped to hit more treacherous mountain roads.

The trail itself is relatively easy, about 2.5 miles to the lake, and the elevation gain isn’t too steep. Should be able to reach the lake in about an hour and a half.

I wouldn’t recommend backpacking for this lake. We only saw one decent campsite around the entire lake. Definitely stick to Stevens lake for that.

Finding the trail can be a little difficult however. We were actually stopped by a group informing us that we were going the wrong way, and that they hiked 2 or more miles without finding the lake. On further investigation, the trail listed on AllTrails starts on a road, and then exits onto a more abandoned looking ATV trail, before the actual trail is marked and starts. The only marking to indicate it is the trail is a small little sign that reads “Trail” that isn’t completely visible from the road.

Aside from that, would definitely recommend this one.

Fun hike beautiful trees...

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