Chilco Mountain Trail

MODERATE 88 reviews

Chilco Mountain Trail is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Athol, Idaho that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1476 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

rocky

The Chilco Mountains offer a beautiful, scenic view of the area north of Coeur d'Alene. This trail ends up splitting off into 3 different trails, which offer different lengths and overlooks. The trailhead offers three different trails and is clearly marked as you're hiking. The N Chiclo is the most popular as its 2 miles up and offers great scenery.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is still close enough to town to be pretty crowded. We went in May last year and there was a TON of snow on the trail still. Mid June was when almost all of it was melted. BeAutiful views at the top.

hiking
4 months ago

Not too bad getting in still. We took our friends FJ Cruiser up to the trailhead and it had no problems. The trail is totally covered in about a foot of snow but it has had enough traffic to make the trail obvious. My wife started in snowshoes but ditched them about half a mile in. Boots were fine. At the top, we were just about to pop out of the clouds but didn’t get a good view. Beautiful hike though, lots of fun.

hiking
4 months ago

Please be advised that this trail is no officially a snow sport. I hiked it today, prepared with ice cleats and snow shoes. There is about a mile at the top that requires snow shoes or lots of wading in snow. There were wolf tracks and lots of bunny tracks everywhere. As expected, even on a sunny day, the wind at the top was bitter cold.

Bunco Road to the trailhead is covered in ice. Even with snow tires and 4 wheel drive, I was slipping a bit. On the way down, a truck coming too quickly the opposite way, almost hit me. It would be wise to drive slowly on Bunco Road at this point.

hiking
4 months ago

We did this hike on Thursday, November 30th. There was quite a bit of snow. We followed tracks for the first mile and then started our own tracks to get to the top of the ridge as the people we were following turned around. Quite a bit of rabbit trackbacks on the trail too. Beautiful view at the top. Just be prepared with waterproof boots, gaiters, and potentially snowshoes.

hiking
4 months ago

We did this hike today, for Black Friday. There was a lot of snow on most of the trail. The wind was bitter cold on top. The summer hiking is definitely finished for the year.

6 months ago

Getting snowy up there. good hike even in the snow.

6 months ago

Great way to get the heart rate up! Scarcely see more than a handful of folks.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail. Great views. Easy enough to get to trailhead.

8 months ago

It could be a great view, but it's too smoky right now to really see it. Also, the last 1/4 mile or so is up steep rocks.

8 months ago

Well maintained trail with beautiful forest scenery to climb with. Views from the summit were stunning and well worth the effort. Kids picked tons of huckleberries and had a blast.

8 months ago

It was a little tougher then I expected but it was beautiful & worth pushing through.

9 months ago

Great trail, did late afternoon. We even found a few ripe huckleberries!

hiking
9 months ago

Easy to drive to and easy to park. Take an SUV, not a full size truck, easier to use the road. Horse flies everywhere right now, but shaded, lots of bear Grass, and well maintained. The trail to the campsite at the base of N. Chilco Peak is 2 miles up and the camp site is on the right over looking the valley to the north west, no lake view. Nicely marked with slate benches and a fire pit. The trail continues about 25 steps to a well marked sign. To the left of the sign is a trail up to North Chilco Peak with 360 views. To the right the trail continues along the Chilco saddle, rather flatly, and up Again to S. Chilco Peak. Took me 56 minutes to the peak, and 42 minutes down (it's just steep enough to slow a hiker down.

hiking
9 months ago

Hike this every year with my dad and it never gets old. Views up top are 360 and mountains for miles. Usually can't access the roads to get to the trail head until about June, sometimes July depending on the winter. We usually only see about one other person, maybe two, the whole hike which is nice. I would definitely recommend going in the Fall when the leaves start to change.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike! It's short, but up just about the whole way. The trail is in great shape, and just about anyone could hike this, even it means just taking breaks. Watch your knees on the way down though. The top is awesome with 360 views. Take a seat on north side in the grass, and eat lunch, read a book, or take a nap with the view of Lake Pend Orielle.

10 months ago

Amazing view at the end. Pretty good exercise on the way to the top but definitely worth it!!

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail and view up top. Well marked and definitely worth the hike up to the summit!

hiking
10 months ago

the first 3/4 of the trail was uphill but well worth the amazing view at the top. still snow on the top but nothing that you can't get through. don't forget your bug sprayed the were bad . Overall Great hike !

10 months ago

First off don't miss the trail head like we did. Coming up the forest road it'll be on your right, when you can either continue straight or turn right. It's literally right there, with a small sign on the right that can be hard to see if your not paying attention.

The hike is short but a steep climb. Tree coverage so there's plenty of shade. I've only done the 2 miler (each way) hike but you can continue for a 5 or 7 mile hike. Also there's a large tree down across the trail (see my uploaded photo of dogs jumping over it) about 1 mile up the hike so keep that on mind.

Once to the top there's a few logs to sit on and what appears to be a campfire are to your right. Check out the view but continue to the North Peak about 1/4 mile up. Much better views. This area is a shale style rock so be careful. Our dogs were ok but my friends dog did cut himself.

There was one or two patches of snow but nothing to be concerned with and not on the main trail.

hiking
10 months ago

I loved this hike. It doesn't take long and has amazing views. Can't wait to climb it again in warmer weather

hiking
10 months ago

This is a fantastic hike. There are some switchbacks initially, that are somewhat steep, leading through forest for the first half of the hike. The second half of the hike gets increasingly rocky, with some of the best views of North Idaho I have yet to see. There were a few patches of snow on the trail in places, but nothing that should slow you down any. There is about 100 meters of very rocky trail right before the summit. It might be a bit concerning for some people. It looks like it would not be entirely pleasant for a dog to walk on.

hiking
11 months ago

This hike was actually 5.2 miles. About 3/4 up the trail was snow. Knee deep snow. It was pretty hard packed so we were able to Push through for absolutely beautiful views!!

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

We tried to get to the trailhead and the roads were covered in snow. We had to turn around and didn't get to hike. The views from the drive were great, so we will try again later.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

This is a nice short hike, lots of switchbacks and all uphill until you reach the summit. Views at the top are great. This can be completed in a very short period of time.

hiking
Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Did this hike about 3 weeks ago. You will definitely want to bring your snow shoes as we found out, the snow knee deep in some areas. As previously stated, hike has moderate incline with switch backs throughout, but man is that vista at the top worth it!

The service roads to get up are a bit dicey if you don't have a 4x4.

hiking
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

This moderately difficult trail is mostly switchbacks, so prepare for it bit of a climb. You also have to drive forest service roads to reach the trail head, so make sure that is something you are comfortable with. The hike up can be a bit tedious, but it's all worth it though as the views are grand. Chilco peak has a red rock cover and little trees allowing 360 degree view of the surrounding area. There is also the remains of an old lookout post. I would recommend this hike!

hiking
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Super vigorous! Nice trail, went on a rainy, windy day so no view but I'll be doing this one again.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

honestly one of my favorites. defensively enjoyable the second or third time around.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Great views and good steep uphill.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Just went up this morning for sunrise and it was absolutely incredible!

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