Explore the most popular hiking 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed this hike the history made it even more enjoyable, the scenery was fantastic

I did this trail with my dog last weekend. It is one of the most beautiful trails in the area...very esthetically pleasing. It isn't a difficult trail and would be great "date" trail or reasonable for bringing the kids. It has rich history as well. The overall area is well cared for. You would also be able to get grandma to certain areas as it starts out paved and then it is reasonable level in the beginning, so enough to allow someone with limited mobility to enjoy the scenery, fresh air, and piece of history.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, gorgeous small waterfalls. We picked a perfect fall day! So many colors! Not hard at all, just a couple short steep areas.

Took this hike on Labor Day Weekend. Beautiful! Loved the all of the waterfalls.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail with the sound of the stream always nearby. Not being in good shape, the uphill was hard for me. I had my 12 yr. old daughter with me who had no problem. Once we arrived at the overlook, we wished we could have seen the tunnel up close. But there was no trail to the tunnel. Some people must have gone beyond the fence and made their way down to the tunnel, but probably not supposed to. We saw a few people on the trail; 15-20.

Best 30 bucks I have ever spent. It was even worth spending most of the day looking for that darn Forest Service road #1997. Thank goodness for locals with USFS maps. 10 year old had a blast too. He is still talking about the owl that flew up and changed direction directly over us.

Wonderful trail. I would highly recommend reading “The Big Burn” before you go. It gives a history of the fire that made this trail famous. It also gives a perspective of how tough those fire fighters were and what strong leadership Ed Pulaski and others provided in saving so many lives. Great hike for kids to learn about an important story of conversation and the formation of the US Forest Service.

Well maintained with mile markers every quarter mile and interpretive signs along the trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with historic informative along the way
Recommend starting early as parking spaces are limited....loved the bridges, the creek, little waterfalls, scenery and nature
Recommend this trail to anyone

It was an easy trail and well maintained. Beautiful and peaceful. We were met by a bear when we got back to our car so make sure to bring your bear spray! The road going in made me nervous if another car were to come along but we made it in and out just fine and were the only ones there.

2 months ago

A lovely hike. It is a moderate trail, all up hill but not horrible. You follow a beautiful creek to the top, pretty little waterfalls along the way. You can hike off the trail to see the actual tunnel, great area history. If you are into geocaching there are 10 along the way, but look at the clues before going, service is spotty.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with the creek running along it. Historical markers are interesting and it climbs a moderate amount to the top. The tunnel is down steep hill so be careful. Hard to believe they got horses in that tunnel! I have hiked this trail 3 times now and it's one of my favorites that I do whenever in Wallace.

walking
2 months ago

Fast, short jaunt with spectacular waterfalls to view.

This was a GREAT family hike. 3.7 miles is the entire distance, 1.8 each way. Lots of scenery from overlooks of the lake to tall cedar forests, and several in between. Overall, the trail goes up and down, which makes for a nice rest period after each uphill portion. My 7 and 9 year olds had a blast and neither had any difficulty with the trail.

There is a parking lot and pit toilet at each end. There is also a really nice picnic area with tables at the North end of the trail. We will definitely be back and plan to picnic there!

hiking
2 months ago

Very disappointing hike. Why did everyone love this one? First off, you should be warned that the drive is a long gravel road and hard to find. Thanks to the previous reviewer’s info about turning at the red barn, we eventually found the right road. But 2-3 miles down the road we went towards “All trails” instead of “campground”. Big mistake! Horrendous 2.5 miles of potholes!
The hike itself was okay, but should only be done on a clear sunny day. It’s very smoky right now, so no views. With no views, this hike is definitely not worth the drive.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail! The beginning wanders along the creek and provides shade and cool temps under the forest foliage. Plentiful waterfalls soothe ears and eyes. Later, the hike goes uphill. For those who feel tentative on hills, hiking poles might be helpful. The many interpretative signs tell the story of Ed Pulaski and western wildfires.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail, beautiful view of the lake!

hiking
3 months ago

A splendid hike with gorgeous views! It starts at the Green Bay Campground and heads northeast for about two hours worth of a hike. Keep in mind it is a climb, however the temperate forest provide a great deal of shade which facilitate a nice light breeze to cool you down.

Great trail!
If we went again (which we will be), I'd definitely bring more water/CamelBaks because it gets steep and HOT! Worth the climb though with the beautiful little waterfalls and wildlife all around. There's plenty of spots to take a rest every quarter mile or so, but PLEASE pick up after yourself!! I can't believe how much trash we picked up along the way.

hiking
3 months ago

Really fun family hike! the path can get a bit narrow, so challenging with a jogging stroller. There are two beautiful waterfalls to admire.

camping
3 months ago

Trail steep at first. Nice overnight stay!

hiking
4 months ago

I am giving this trail a 5 even though we hiked in April, so we didn't make it to the end due to too much snow for our group. The trail was beautiful along the creek, and I would agree that it is well maintained. We still encountered more people than I was expecting, so I can imagine this trail is fairly busy when the conditions are more favorable. I can't wait to do this trail in full some day.

hiking
4 months ago

it was a good hike nice drive spots to put your head inside the water and cool off great day

beautiful pictures the fern Falls is fenced off but was easy to jump over and walk up to take pictures

4 months ago

nice eazy hike and very picturesque

hiking
4 months ago

One of the best trails we've been on in Idaho! Well maintained, scenic and historic. Worth the drive.

Great trail with rich history, very tough people back in those days, I love the hike, and hope to try to do it once every year

4 months ago

Parked at the lower parking lot of the Green Bay camp ground. ~3.7 miles from the lower trail head to the "T" with the Trail #82 sign. Go the extra ~0.25 mile to the mineral point picnic spot.

Great lake views and saw a Bald Eagle.

Superbly well maintained and marked trail. Also contain plethora of information signs

hiking
5 months ago

great hike! we were visiting and found the trail easy. it is well maintained with lots of bridges to cross. nice little workout with historical information along the way.

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