Chilco Mountain Trail

MODERATE 85 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
1476 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.

hiking
6 days 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
8 days 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
15 days ago

hiking
17 days 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.

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

2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

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3 months ago

3 months ago

4 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.

hiking
4 months ago

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4 months ago

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4 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.

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 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.

5 months ago

hiking
5 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.