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Chilco Mountain Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Athol, Idaho that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, bird watching, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.9 mi Elevation gain 1,482 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Backpacking Hiking Bird watching Running Forest Views Rocky
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The trailhead may be subject to closures due to weather conditions. Please check with the park before visiting. 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.

Very little parking, but still room enough to.

Head north from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho on HW 95 continuing N till Bunco Road (the turn R before Silverwood). Continue on Bunco Road as you drive will make a sharp turn, if you find yourself at a dead end on Nunn Road, go back to Bunco. Its about 5 miles to a recreation area that offers a great parking lot, this is NOT the hiking trail. Here the road will turn into gravel, continue for another 8 miles or so, staying on Bunco Road as there are plenty of turnoff logging trails. You'll start to head down hill, thats okay, continue on until the intersection of Bunco Road and Service Road 385. Here will be a couple on the side to park. The trailhead will have a clear marker giving info about each trail and the length.

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John Fontaine
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BackpackingGreat!

Brought my two German Shepherds with on this one! They loved it, but bring plenty of water...they’ll need it! Trail was beautiful and an exceptional view!

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Gary Brown
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Leandra Cantrell Shaver
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Hiking

All up hill. Tough, but made it!

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Megan Cysewski
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Hiking

Awesome trail, great condition!! BEAUTIFUL VIEWS

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Athena George
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Hiking

An uphill hike the whole time, but there’s abundant views at the top. Plentiful huckleberry bushes all along the trail.

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kim gross
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Hiking

Nice trail! Views at top were beautiful. Steady uphill the entire way.

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Gary Brown
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Judy Gordon
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David Ebel
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Hiking

Nice trail. Well maintained

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Laura Gamble
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HikingRocky

Great trail. 2 miles up to a spectacular panoramic view. First 1.5 miles on a trail through the woods, mostly uphill. Last half mile on a trail of rocks. Beautiful spot for a picnic lunch at the top. Loved hike and view of lake and mountains.

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Kris Monson
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Hiking

Beautiful pine needle-covered trail with a smooth, steep ascent that leads to a rocky pathway and up to amazing views. We loved the skeleton of the fire tower laying just as it fell. Pretty wildflowers and sighting a momma and two baby moose made the hike totally amazing!!

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Don Faley
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HikingBugs

Great views at the top. The trail was a little steep, but not too difficult. My 11 & 9 year old made it to the top just fine. Though we did stop several times for a rest break.

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Michelle C
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HikingBugs

This was a great hike, awesome views at the top, but a little steeper than we expected. Our 10 and 12 year old did fine, and we saw some younger kids on the trail, but you’ll probably want to add some time to the estimate if you are bringing kids. Black flies were out in full force today - one of us got eaten alive!

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Ryan Silakoski
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HikingGreat!Scramble

Phenomenal trail. Packed dirt the entire way up until the last hundred yards or so which then becomes a field of rock. Recommend making sure you've got good ankle support for this part. Trekking poles would definitely be a help for this trail given the steep grade both on the way up and down. Only saw one other person on the way up today and I stepped off around 930. On the way down though, there were about a half dozen groups coming up so go in the morning if you want to avoid others. Wild flowers were amazing. All in all, a little challenging to get to the trailhead (drive carefully as road is pretty narrow in places) but is well worth it.

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D M
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Have completed this hike several times in the winter and summer seasons. By far the most busy I've seen it on todays hike. It's a very very steady uphill climb to the peak with a few switch backs. Not sure what's worse, going up or down. Great views today.

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Cristi Brooks
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Pretty steep climb. Super pretty. Took a while to get there and was worried we were driving to no where. Didn’t make it up but made it a good ways in. Lots of fun and super pretty day trip.

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C M
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Jill Eberley
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Steady incline most of the way up.. stunning views at the top and a great picnic are right before the top, loved seeing the horses on the trail even goats

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Cassie Shillam-Trottier
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Great trail! (June 19) The beginning is a gorgeous wooded trail with meadows, wildflowers, and sun peaking through the trees. Then it becomes much more steep and heavily wooded. Ample space to step off to the side and rest & as beginners, we needed it! Would suggest walking poles for those who need a little more assistance. The scramble at the top was very doable and FUN! All in all, this hike was truly amazing. I’ve had 7 knee surgeries and still made it to the top! Can’t wait to go again in July to see more wildflowers!

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Lincoln Fletcher
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Debi Griggs
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HikingBlowdown

Trail was in good shape overall. The trees across the trail mentioned in a recent review are still there. Weather was bad, so I can't describe the view. Small patch of snow on the trail near the top.

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Johnathon Van Houdt
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Hiking

Trail is ready for the summer! There's a little snow that you'll need to traverse at the very top, but should be completely cleared by next week. Trail is in great condition and is ready to be explored and enjoyed by everyone. This is always a favorite of mine and I'm already planning on coming back again very soon!

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Branden Mullen
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HikingIcyMuddyRocky

Great trail, just not quite ready yet. Went on May 16th, dirt road to trail was a little rough, but nothing 4x4 vehicle’s can’t handle. The trail itself was fine until halfway up, then it turns into soft snow with sink holes and mud. Still made it though, wear your waterproof boots.

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Mike Mongan
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Hiked up today. About 1.5 miles from trailhead the road gets pretty muddy and snowy. Would definitely need 4x4 to get there. The trail is still covered with snow. It’s doable, you just got to want it. We made it up, saw 2 moose. It was beautiful. Maybe another couple weeks and the snow should be melted.

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Daniel Mitchell
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HikingMuddySnow

I decided to scout out the road to Chilco Mountain trail head. As I expected, the road conditions became poor about 1.5 miles before the trailhead. It looks like a determined person on an ATV could get through it, but even in my 4x4, I decided not to risk spending the day winching my truck out of the snow and muck. I’d give it a week or two more, to let the snow melt, and then this trail should be optimal for hiking.

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