Canfield: Cave Trail Loop

MODERATE 41 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.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1145 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

off road driving

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

3 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

mountain biking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

mountain biking
2 months ago

mountain biking
2 months ago

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

3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 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.

4 months ago

8 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

10 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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