Canfield: Cave Trail Loop

MODERATE 49 reviews

Canfield: Cave Trail Loop is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, and off road driving and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.8 miles
938 feet

dog friendly


mountain biking

off road driving



wild flowers




3 months ago

Did it with fresh snow and 30s, a little slippery but beautiful, good snow hike!

4 months ago

pretty trail, and pretty easy. just busy with bike riders

mountain biking
7 months ago

This is a very neat trail system, and it's so close to town. That being said, the uphill section is pretty torn up, which is unfortunate. The downhill portion was fun, though, and in much better shape.

7 months ago

Very poorly marked multi trail system... probably better for mountain biking but it was a decent workout.

mountain biking
8 months ago

fun one for an hour ride on an after work night.

9 months ago

The north Idaho rain and fog this morning did not dissuade me from hiking this trail. As expected, the trail was muddy in places, wet everywhere, and more like a creek than a trail in places. That said, it was a vibrant forest hike through vibrant green foliage. The air was wonderfully fresh.

The ruts in the trails are really getting deep in many places, as this is a popular dirt bike trail. Also, the trail signs are woefully lacking or in utter disrepair. If you are not familiar with the Canfield Trail Network, I strongly suggest that you carry a trail map with you, and perhaps have access to a GPS. (My cell phone gets coverage in most areas of this trail network.)

I have been asked a couple of times over the past year or so if there is a cave on Cave Loop Trail. No, there is not! If you are hoping to see some fantastic entrance to an underworld splendor, you shall surely be disappointed. There is a spot where somebody dug out a few tons of earth, looking for silver. It is almost impossible to find unless you know exactly where it is. Even so, it is hardly worth the effort to find it. Also, this section of the Canfield trails, although a very delightful forest hike, has probably the fewest scenic vistas of any of the trails in this network.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Signing for the Canfield Trail system is in need of much TLC. Make sure you bring your GPS and a compass in case you absolutely cannot locate any trail markings. These trails are frequently used for motorized bikes and become deeply rutted. The rutted trails are a nightmare to hike on. Also, don't plan on listening to music, you need to be able to hear motor bikes coming! They are going fast and tearing down the trails. I would not want to get run over.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

This trail IS shared with mountain bikes and motorcycles. But if you want a decent trail near Coeur d'Alene without having to travel out of town, this one has plenty of good views that can make up for the disruption. Overall not a bad rainy day hike.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The description of the trails primary use is incorrect. The primary use of this areas trail system is for motorized recreation and has been for about 30 years. Please keep this in mind when you visit this area. It is a 4-star area for motorized and mechanized recreation. 1 star for hiking.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Caution!! FAST downhill mountain bike trail. Do not hike up this route.

Monday, September 26, 2016

***Cave is a VERY fast DOWNHILL bike and motorcycle trail. Not recommended for hikers!!!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Trail has deep ruts due to the mountain and motor bikes. Steep for 1st mile but opens to a flat area with views of Lake CDA and valley. Easy to miss the trail back down- it is hidden by trees and not well marked. We missed the trail down and ended up a couple miles off course. Miles of trails and endless options and less people the farther in you hike. No water source- be sure to pack plenty of water on a hot day.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

best mtb trails in cda

Thursday, July 07, 2016

If you are out of shape not a good trail. Straight up first mile or 2 and seriously cut up by bikers!

Monday, July 04, 2016

Great for all ages, and it's nice to have options for trail length. Ended up taking two different loops with a 5 year old.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

great views as soon as you get to the top roughly a mile in. we took Penn trail.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Wonderful hike, good views.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Excellent views. Bring plenty of water and a camera for the scenic views from the top.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Beautiful views of lake CDA on these trails. love that there are info boards & maps periodically along the trail. good trail markers. use caution as trails are shared with dirt bikers and/or atvs.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Hikes in this area are TOUGH. Be prepared for really rocky trails (some loose rock) as well as incredibly steep grades. If you happen to go to the top of West Canfield Butte the view is truly amazing! Be careful, these trails are used by dirt bikers and ATVs heavily.

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