Bud Howard aka Big Tree Trail

MODERATE 154 reviews

Bud Howard aka Big Tree Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1190 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

Moderate hike, connecting to Canfield Mtn. trail system This is a nice climb, with views through the trees. This trail connects with the Canfield Mtn trail system. Presently there is only one blowdown, it appears the local horse clubs maintain the trail well. This is also accessed by horseback from Dalton Gardens area.

hiking
10 days ago

Great day in the woods playing in the snow, deep in parts but doable without snow shoes :)

hiking
16 days ago

Trail was snow packed already so we just wore our boots and headed up. Nice little climb and beautiful on a bluebird winter day. Took the switch back up and took an indent back that went straight down along the ridge. I've never been here before so not sure if we were on a designated trail but it all went back to the same place eventually. We saw a lot of deer tracks but didn't see animal or person the whole journey. If you love icy wisps and snowy pines I'd recommend bringing your camera or phone. Great little close-by if you don't want to drive too far.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Easy to access right outside Coeur d’Alene. The trail on this side of Canfield is clearly marked and- unlike the other side- dirt bikers are not allowed so the trail is not muddy. Conditions were great today. You are covered in trees the entire trail. There is one overlook and then the end is just when you hit the NFS road. Could be ideal for trail running too with good inclines along the way.

hiking
1 month ago

There are two routes. Switch back that go gradual up or a shorter steeper route. Very nice well maintained trail. You park in a nice high end neighborhood. One of the top 10 near CDA.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a pretty good hike and can be challenging. set aside a handful if hours for sure. If you go in winter I highly suggest snow shoes once you get past the big tree if you continue to the peak. Still a wonderful view if you go to the Big tree.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was awesome and a challenge, we attempted to get to the top while kids were in school but we did not succeed as we only have from 12:45-3:20. We talked about coming back every week to keep trying. Thought this would be a fun idea until we had to walk down, I mean slide down, lol, I fell on my butt three times. Yes I was wearing sneakers but even my hubby in his trail boots had a slip. Now i'm a little timid. I will return when I'm shoed for the part:) until then.....

hiking
2 months ago

I think I took the wrong turn once I reached the service road, but it was still a decent hike with some limited views of the lake as you climbed

hiking
2 months ago

The power was out in Hayden, this morning, so rather than sit and tell myself ghost stories until sunlight, I headed for Big Tree Trail. I came up the mountain at 5:30 am, in the dark. As I write this, I am sitting on the log beneath the big tree. In spite of the wind and rain last night, it is a beautiful morning. There were a few fallen branches across the trail, but I've cleared them. The morning is splendid! I am happy to be alive!

hiking
3 months ago

Completed this trail yesterday. Started out morning at 32 degrees. Definitely about 9 miles total. There were a few switch backs, but for the most part steady incline. About 3 miles in the trail tees into a service road. You need to take a hard right before road to a trail marked “D”. You will then have another mile to top. You then need to continue on a short piece to the communication tower. This is where the best views are.Definitely worth the trip.

3 months ago

Never found the "river."

hiking
4 months ago

Moderate hike up the north and west side of Canfield with views of Hayden Lake and the Rathdrum Prarie. Well maintained trail, some switchbacks at the start, but it evens out to a gradual incline. We went to the end of the trail and then took the dirt road to the top of Canfield to views of the lake to the South, then back down Trail D to the Bud Howard trail. Total of 7.3 miles. Total hiking time was about 3 hours.

hiking
4 months ago

The trail is pretty with a couple of lookouts over the lake. If you want to reach a look out at the end of the trail you have to hike up on a different trail a few more miles. This trial that the tracking shows just ends at a road with options to continue further for the lookout.

4 months ago

Saw some black bear cubs on the trail

hiking
4 months ago

We hiked to the top for the great view, which brought our total mileage to just over 7 miles. Great trail!

5 months ago

Nice trail for jogging!

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike up and back. Luckily, didn't see Mama Bear and cub.

5 months ago

nice walk

hiking
6 months ago

Little Birthday hike by myself Sunday July 2nd morning. Beautiful hike. Lots of shade cover so not too hot. Lots of people out and back, even at 7:30am, but still serene. Strong hike. Definitely continue past the "trail end" for the 0.9 mile hike to the top.

hiking
6 months ago

We had a big group going with several dogs and various levels of hiking ability and everyone enjoyed it! The trail does split off in a variety of different directions but we stayed right the first time, and then took the trails that seemed more gradual and less steep. It was a longer hike, but everyone was able to make it to the top. The views are pretty good as well!

hiking
6 months ago

Great spot. Not too busy of trails. Plenty of options.

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