Chilco Mountain Trail

MODERATE 182 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: 1,469 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

trail running

bird watching

forest

views

rocky

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.

hiking
4 days ago

Highly recommend this trail! Every single step up and down!!!

hiking
19 days ago

It's almost all uphill, and sometimes you'll think about turning around, but you need to make sure you make it all the way to the top. The view is AMAZING! You'll have a 360-degree view of the Selkirks at the top. The trail is very well groomed and marked. It was probably one of the best hikes I've ever been on!

hiking
rocky
20 days ago

Loved the view at the summit of this trail. There is a climb on the way up but nothing a seasoned hiker cannot handle. I brought trekking poles and didn’t feel as I truly needed them. Lots of huckleberries on this trail so bring a container.

hiking
22 days ago

Absolutely amazing. We completed this during a thunderstorm and when we got to the top we were able to see over the clouds and lightning where the sun was setting. Unforgettable and totally worth the steep hike.

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
28 days ago

This is the best hike in the area—hands down. While you’re definitely push to make elevation early on, it’s less than 2 miles to the saddle, and a breathtaking 1/4 mile to the peak. There’s really few other experiences like it around here and the bang for your buck effort wise is superb. Busy this time of year due to huckleberry hunters. Bug spray may be desired. Bring a camera.

hiking
1 month ago

GREAT TRAIL!! Huckleberry galore. Trail well kept. Fantastic 360 views.

hiking
1 month ago

The reward is a beautiful view from above!

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike! Encountered a moose!!! A bull elk, a snake and a dear. Great views. We intended to do the 3.6 mile hike, but once we made it up to the north peak, we decided to continue to the south peak. The total round trip was 10.5 miles. Loved it! Will be back!

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is in pristine condition. Today June 29th didn’t see anyone on the way up. 1st ones in parking area. Trail is 85% in shade. Last 15% or so is on shell rock. Just be careful for twist of an ankle. Views were truly 360 degrees. Was surprised to see a beautiful view of Pend O’Reille lake at the peak. Would highly recommend this hike. 2-2 1/2 hours round trip depending on how long you decide to stay on top to enjoy the views.

hiking
2 months ago

We went up chilco north pt trail it was a 1600ft climb in 2 miles but the views at the top were awesome. You can see for miles in every direction. The downhill was fast . Trail was in great shape.

hiking
2 months ago

I called the ranger station today because I was planning on heading up there and they said the road was open. Did you possibly take the wrong route?

hiking
closed
2 months ago

Trail is closed!- We tried driving to this trail location and the road is out/under construction. We couldn’t find an alternative route to try this trail out either :(

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Good elevation gain at the beginning of the trail that eventually leads to the North Chilco Peak scree field. Was a little hazy on 6/1 when we went due to the Alberta fires. Still some snow near the top but nothing on the trail. We made an 11.8 mile hike out of it by continuing on through the saddle and on to the South Chilco Peak. We were getting buzzed by bees the whole way, but nothing too bad. I would do this one again for sure.

hiking
2 months ago

Only some small patches of snow/mud near the summit remain. Path otherwise is in great condition. Nice little hike for a few hour time constraint. Decent elevation climb for the distance. Beautiful view at the top, several places to sit and have a snack or be in awe of the beauty.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty hike with a beautiful view at the peak! It’s a there-and-back, so all uphill there and downhill back...

hiking
2 months ago

5/25/19 Roads are all clear to the trailhead for any type of vehicle. Trail only has a few small snow drifts near the tree line and just below the summit.

3 months ago

Love this trail, but as of May 4, don't go past mile 4.5 in your car. 4WD trucks getting stuck. Had to do a 20 point turn in the Outback to get out.

hiking
3 months ago

As of today, you can get about half-way to the trail head before you hit mud and snow. There were a few ATVs that were giving it a try, and still couldn't get all the way in. I walked in, just to see how bad it was. There is still a lot of snow at the bottom of the trail. I would give this another 2 weeks before trying it.

hiking
muddy
snow
4 months ago

4/14 - got about 1 mile onto the service road and decided to turn around because the road was pretty icey/muddy. Will come back next month and actually get there to hike :)

hiking
5 months ago

I went here yesterday and the road to the trailhead was still closed.

closed
6 months ago

The road to get to the trailhead was closed due to snow. I look forward to hiking here this spring.

hiking
7 months ago

Very well maintained trail with amazing views to reward you for the effort. 6 mile drive on forest service roads to get to trailhead.

8 months ago

Fun trail close to town. It's pretty steep, but the scenery at the top is nice. Some bouldering near the old lookout tower is a nice change of pace

9 months ago

Hiked 2 days ago. A few inches of snow was on trail for the last mile or so to the summit. I had yak trax just in case but didn’t need them The rest had icy spots & frost. No problem getting to trailhead or driving on Forest road with my Honda CR-V. Chilco is one of my favorite trails in the area!

hiking
9 months ago

Very steep hike and the trail is well maintained. The top section thru the shale rock is challenging but rewarded with an unobstructed 360 view at the top.

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