Chimney Rock is a 10.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Coolin, Idaho that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length10.5 miElevation gain2,860 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingForestViewsOver grownRockySnow
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Kaleb Allington
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A great day hike with spectacular veiws, went the beginning of November, about a week after the first snowfall of the season. We made it most of the way up the road to but had to stop just short of the trail head as there was too much ice buildup for our car to make it up the last hill. The lower section of the trail is a pretty steady incline and was well marked, and it was fairly clear of snow, we only encountered one blow over on our way up. We only really started to encounter the snow around once we make it up to the first ridge, but even then it wasn't too bad, it did make finding the trail a bit difficult though. We only really had some trouble with the snow around the boulder fields where we would frequently end up post-holing up to our hips which made the final stretch of the hike a fair bit more difficult than we anticipated. All in all we finished the hike in around 6 1/2 hours.

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Zachary Johnson
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melissa fry
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Hiking

Awesome!

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Marah Kjeldgaard
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Hiking

Super fun trail and no mosquitoes in site!

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Joe Kent
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Hailley Moe
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Backpacking

Great hike! Couple of things that are good to know. The last mile is all rock and wouldnt recommend a dog on this part. Lots of cairns to lead you up the trail. Well maintained except a few spots where it is over grown.

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Zach Nybo
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HikingGreat!

August - Late Summer This is definitely one of the many hikes that showcases the spectacular Selkirks. If you haven’t managed this one yet, definitely give it a go! It can be quite difficult at times, took us 8 hours in total, but the views were quite worth it! Trail navigation can get a little tricky towards the end. If you plan to go to the base, there really doesn’t seem to be an official way, just a general direction. People have marked the paths they’ve taken with rock cairns though, so it can help to look for one of those if you’re feeling a bit lost. Getting to the trailhead is fairly easy if a long drive. Road can get a bit rough though. We did spook two black bears too, so remember to pack the bear spray!

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Chuck Neely
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Martin Wagner
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HikingGreat!Over grownRocky

WARNING: Do not use Apple Map to get to this hike - it will take you to the trailhead at Roman Lakes, which is not the one you want. Google Maps works well. The hike is spectacular.

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Leo Schmeltzer
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Virginia Schmidt
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HikingRockyScramble

Loved this hike. The trail-finding was a fun part of the adventure. Keep an eye out for the cairns and you’ll make it through just fine. Scrambling through the boulders near chimney rock takes a little caution of foot placement but it’s not overly difficult. The views are worth the walk!

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Tod Nybo
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HikingGreat!
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micah bowen
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Off trailRockyScrambleSnow

To the people that are complaining about the rock cairns.. Hiking is suppose to be fun, if you're grumpy maybe you shouldn't be out here. Snow and ice will topple these piles of rocks every winter or two, so Relax, have a home brew and enjoy the beautiful scenery. p.s. Such a beautuful hike up!

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Wes Sandlin
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HikingMuddyRockySnow

6/4/20. Road is clear all the way to the trailhead. Incredible views for most of the hike. Snow still hasn’t melted for the last mile of the trail up to Chimney Rock.

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C T
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HikingFloodedWashed out

Last stretch of road before trailhead is still snowed in, as well as the first few hundred yards of trail itself. Snow lessens after that and is an enjoyable walk for a couple miles. But around 2.5 the trail is washed out by run off from snow melt. It’s possible to cross but would be dangerous; you’d have to be very determined to do it. Not a good choice (at the moment) for a day hiker.

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Jai Beauvais
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Hiking

Drove up 5/16 but had to park a mile from the trail head and hike through the snow. Only made it about another mile on what we think is the trail before giving up. Not quite ready to be hiked yet

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Shak T
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Snow

Still too early to do this hike. Drove up today 5/16/20 and there was heavy snow starting about 3/4 of a mile away from the trailhead.

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Marah Kjeldgaard
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Dan Schaefer
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

For the most part, this was an awesome hike. The first mile or so starts out on an old logging road, which eventually narrows and turns into a smaller trail through some very overgrown brush. Parts of the trail could be more maintained. It eventually opens up and becomes much more exposed with minimal shade. Follow the cairns or rock stacks to find your way, as the trail itself is actually hard to see in some places. Once you hit the boulder field, it’s especially hard to follow the actual trail up to the rock. We had to scramble a little and make our own trail, but we made it and got to the base of the rock! Amazing views all around. Again the trail was even harder to follow going down and we got turned around a couple times. Be sure even though you’re tired to follow the cairns carefully. Awesome hike. Four stars for the trail needing some maintenance. We made it up in 3.5 hours and down in 2. We went a little slow and goofed around and took our time going up. I filmed the whole hike! If you’re interested in what it looks like, and some views from the sky take a look here on YouTube: https://youtu.be/tq6NxIMRLjc

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Brad Spracklin
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Hiking

Beautiful views!!!! This was an amazing hike! I hiked this with my girlfriend and 2 friends and our pup, we made it to the rock in about 3 hrs. Plenty of streams in the first 2/3rds to re-fill or let your pup drink. The first scramble over boulders can be tough for dogs, but if you look their is a lower trail that is far easier for your 4 legged friends! I didn't go all the way to the rock, but a couple from our group did and said the views were amazing! The trail is in ok shape, a few over-grown areas though. We did not encounter any big game or any signs. The road to get to the trailhead is fairly easy as my little Focus made it just fine!

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