Chilco Mountain Trail

MODERATE 71 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.

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

11 days ago

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

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20 days ago

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22 days 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.

23 days ago

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27 days 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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1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

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1 month 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 !

1 month ago

First off don't miss the trail head like we did. Coming up the forest road it'll be on your right, when you can either continue straight or turn right. It's literally right there, with a small sign on the right that can be hard to see if your not paying attention.

The hike is short but a steep climb. Tree coverage so there's plenty of shade. I've only done the 2 miler (each way) hike but you can continue for a 5 or 7 mile hike. Also there's a large tree down across the trail (see my uploaded photo of dogs jumping over it) about 1 mile up the hike so keep that on mind.

Once to the top there's a few logs to sit on and what appears to be a campfire are to your right. Check out the view but continue to the North Peak about 1/4 mile up. Much better views. This area is a shale style rock so be careful. Our dogs were ok but my friends dog did cut himself.

There was one or two patches of snow but nothing to be concerned with and not on the main trail.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

I loved this hike. It doesn't take long and has amazing views. Can't wait to climb it again in warmer weather

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1 month ago

This is a fantastic hike. There are some switchbacks initially, that are somewhat steep, leading through forest for the first half of the hike. The second half of the hike gets increasingly rocky, with some of the best views of North Idaho I have yet to see. There were a few patches of snow on the trail in places, but nothing that should slow you down any. There is about 100 meters of very rocky trail right before the summit. It might be a bit concerning for some people. It looks like it would not be entirely pleasant for a dog to walk on.

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2 months ago

This hike was actually 5.2 miles. About 3/4 up the trail was snow. Knee deep snow. It was pretty hard packed so we were able to Push through for absolutely beautiful views!!

2 months ago

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3 months ago

We tried to get to the trailhead and the roads were covered in snow. We had to turn around and didn't get to hike. The views from the drive were great, so we will try again later.