Chilco Mountain Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bayview, Idaho that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length3.9 miElevation gain1,482 ftRoute typeOut & back
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SEASONAL CLOSURE: This area is subject to seasonal closure due to weather conditions. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/ipnf/. 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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Brady Schertenleib
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Forest service road closed

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Hailey Hanson
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Forest service road closed 12/20/20

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Samantha Lewis
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Lots of fun

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Steven Corbridge
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Michael Pinter
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Good conditioning hike. Treed until the last quarter mile where the view opens magnificently. Some blowdowns, but nothing too tricky.

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Connie Keibler
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Nancy Musgrove
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steeper, but short. great views!

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Eric Armstrong
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Jonathan Pardo
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Well maintained, a great first time experience hiking in Idaho!

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Rach H
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This is a steep trail to the top then levels out for about .25 mile before the final ascent up a rock scree to the summit. Well worth the views at the top and the few switchbacks are helpful. Remember, if it's steep going up, it's steep coming down! We took our time heading up and felt it was worth the effort.

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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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All up hill. Tough, but made it!

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Megan Cysewski
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Awesome trail, great condition!! BEAUTIFUL VIEWS

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Athena George
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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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Kristen Henry
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Strenuous ascent but the views are totally worth it. Great trail!!

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kim gross
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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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Nice trail. Well maintained

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Laura Gamble
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gary Brown
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Chilco is one of my favorite hikes in the Cd'A area. This hike is two miles of up, up and more up. Take your time, as well as a lot of water, and you'll make it. The views at the top are unmatched in the area. The first 1.75 miles is hiking through a beautiful forest. For the last quarter mile, you are treated to a doable tallis field with stunning views of the entire area. Lake Pend Oreille to the north is a sight to behold.

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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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