Chilco Mountain Trail

MODERATE 81 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. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1479 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

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.

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

12 days ago

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

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1 month ago

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

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2 months ago

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2 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.

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2 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.

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

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3 months ago

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3 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.

3 months ago

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3 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.

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4 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.

4 months ago

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

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4 months ago

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

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4 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 !