Looking for a great trail in Idaho Panhandle National Forest, Idaho? AllTrails has 36 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 18 moderate trails in Idaho Panhandle National Forest ranging from 1.8 to 19 miles and from 2,139 to 5,656 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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snowshoeing

The road to get to the trailhead was closed due to snow. I look forward to hiking here this spring.

One of my favorites

Did this trail with the family. 18 month old in a pack and a 4 year old hiking. As you get higher up, the trail does get icy. Need to skirt the side of the trail for traction. Great views! I’d recommend some ice cleats or something for traction towards the top. Will probably be a 5 star in the warmer/dryer months but the ice is a slight cause for concern.

Even in January snow and mud this trail was fun! first hike of the year for me and was a little harder than I thought it would be but so worth the beautiful views!

hiking
1 month ago

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

on Stevens Lakes

snowshoeing
1 month ago

This is my favorite quick getaway! We snowshoed in on New Years Day 2019. Had to park just south of the freeway bridge due to snow. Broke trail around 10:30. Both switch backs where lost in the snow so we we straight up. It was a good workout, but do-able. There was over 5.5 feet of snow at the lower lake and °14. Got back to the truck at 3:00. Awesome hike ♡

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!!

Trail was in great shape today we did the loop with our Altai Hok ski/shoes. Trail is well marked and took us approximately 90mins.

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+.

Happy Trails :)

hiking
1 month ago

Did this trail at the end of December. There was a lot of snow and with about .3 miles left on the trail there was a steep narrow incline with a lot of snow that I just couldnt climb up so I called it for another time. That being said, the people who were snowshoeing were able to get across, with a little difficultly in that one spot but still made it farther than I did with snowboots and crampons (not really necessary). The trail is gorgeous. There were a few other people out on snowmobiles in other areas that you can hear nearby and I saw a few back country ski and snowboarders. It is a beautiful trail, just dress in warm, waterproof clothes. I will definitely go back to this trail again soon.

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
2 months 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

2 months ago

I first did this 4 months ago and returned to check out this area with some snow cover. Unfortunately it was too warm and the trail was more mud than snow. Hike was still very nice. Solitude, peace and quiet, great forest and meadow make this stroll very pleasant.

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

3 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!!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. moderate is a fair rating based on a regular hiker. Good elevation gain but short distance. Good payoff for moderate effort. Both lower and and upper seemed to have nice campsites. No snow as of 10/24. Noticed the time changed to Mountain on our phones between lower and upper. Bringing the fishing pole next year.

hiking
3 months ago

Moderate wouldn't be the best way to describe this hike. There is a lot of different terrain which keeps it fun but theres a large area of rocky terrain that can be challenging to walk up (even though there is a slight path created) especially after fast incline with shakey legs! it is beautiful but bring spikes just in case anytime after October as it can get icy on a very narrow trail just at the top. One of the most beautiful and serene hikes I've done. Dogs should be leashed ALWAYS but on this trail we saw some un leashed dogs and it could be very dangerous for even well behaved pups.

backpacking
3 months ago

Hiked this in late October so the conditions weren't the greatest. The hike isn't too bad, but it was hard to find the trail at some points. Make sure you are ready for the 21 mile gravel/dirt road to the trailhead! My friend's car had low clearance, but we ended up only getting a couple scratches so I think most cars could make the trek. Cool and quiet hike though!

3 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.

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