Marie Creek Trail

MODERATE 110 reviews

Marie Creek Trail is a 8.3 mile out and back trail located near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and horses and is best used from April until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,666 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

horseback riding

trail running

river

4 days ago

First time hiking here and loved It! Great maintained trail, perfect for the dog. The beginning is all uphill then will decline downhill to a meadow full of butterflies. I hiked this August 4th and got an early start. Plenty of shade and places along the creek to hang your hammock. About 4 or so miles in the trail gets muddy and trail is covered in water. Didn't see any wildlife, but the Wasps and hornets are bad. It was challenging to rest without them swarming us. I loved this hike and look forward to going back.

12 days ago

Did this on Aug 2 and had the trail to myself. Very quiet and peaceful. Trail was in good shape . It hasnt rained in weeks so no problem in crossing creeks. First 0.9 is uphill and peaks at a bench. Then down to the creek. Meadow and campsites were at 1.8 mi. I turned around at 3 mi where there is a junction sign. Both trails from there appeared unmaintained and overgrown. Overall a nice hike in mostly forest and some meadow.

When Siri says you’ve arrived at the TH take the right fork off of 202. Potholes and ruts but doable in a car if you take it slow.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

What a great place to stench the legs. The trail does have one climb section worth the rest being on the easy side. A couple of places to camp and views. On the easier side of moderate rating

1 month ago

What a beautiful trail. It includes all the best of Idaho, uphill with some spectacular mountain views, some downhill, and then an easy hike along the creek in a lovely deep woods. We reach the creek a few miles in, a perfect opportunity for the dogs to slake their thirst. But for the distance, I would rate this an easy hike. In late June, the trail was dry and the creek crossings easy. We enjoyed a variety of wild flowers along the way.

1 month ago

Loved this hike! You can run a majority of the trail! There is a beautiful meadow about 2 miles in. There was a group of people camping there, such a great spot! This is a hike that you will be glad you did!

horseback riding
1 month ago

this is actually a 10 mile loop trail.
I have downloaded the map.

hiking
2 months ago

Was a beautiful hike we took our dogs they came back with a few ticks but other than that would definitely go back

2 months ago

This would be a great trail for a first time backpacker or for an overnighter with kids. There are several really nice camp sites about 2 miles in on the north side of the meadow and a few more scattered along the next mile. Lots of fun creek crossings and beautiful old cedars. Caution, there are nettles near the log bridge and we saw a large pile of bear scat and some tracks in the mud so keep your eye out. The end of the trail has 3 large fallen trees. Fairly anticlimactic.
The road in is well maintained, and the parking lot is larger. Don't miss the "Y" to the parking lot. Maps said we'd arrived, but we were on the road above the parking lot.
All in all we had a great hike.
#northidahobackpackingbabes

This trail was amazing. It was my husband and our three boys ages 2, 5, and 8. We also had our golden retriever. First half was up the mountain and down. The trees were stunning. So much wildlife. Bugs weren’t bad but we had repellent on as always. Second half was more flat with different terrain and even more breathtaking.
We finished the trail in 4 1/2 hours. My two year did awesome and enjoyed every step. We played in the creek and cooled off and found mushrooms and more.

hiking
3 months ago

First half hour was navigating the mud and millions of bugs. Got through that part which was a great leg warm up a lot up hill then it started declining fast. Once you reach the bench you will know what I am talking about why that bench is there on your way back. Haha. It will decline all the way to the creek it comes out to some really beautiful views, some really fun log crossing over the creek and then goes into thick thick forest. Which trust me will be a little tricky to navigate through at the end the trail disappears and comes back. You will come to the end with some really weird triangle that is shaped with rocks on the path for what I am guessing is for a fire “ reminded me of some weird Blair witch thing” all in all the hike is very eerie which makes it fun with anyone!! Lots of beautiful views. Me and my wife were crunched for time so on the way back started moving fast that last hill before the bench will get you haha because it’s the last part of the stretch. Animals wise “ keep in mind this isn’t your back yard” there are wildlife. Saw some snakes bugs and bear poop. We startled something big enough at the end to make the ground shake my guess a elk or moose. Other than that really great hike. Bring your Claritin if your sensitive to pollen because it’s bad right now. Didn’t bother me or wife but we were also literally eating it and not sensitive to it. All in all not bad. Didn’t expect more didn’t expect less.

hiking
3 months ago

This was the first hike on my 20 to do this summer. A great hike with a mix of peaceful sitting spots by the river and also some good uphill workouts. Loved the little streams that ran through the paths to walk through.

3 months ago

This hike was my wife's & I 36th wedding anniversary gift to our selves, and it did not disappoint. The lushness of the forest, the humidity, and the wetness were all food for the soul. We are from Colorado where it is dry and Rocky. This is a special place enjoy it and protect it.

3 months ago

An absolute beautiful hike for spring weather while everything is very green. The first couple miles really gets your heart race going since it's all an incline hike. Very dog friendly with great stopping spots for cooling down. Amazing scenery and very peaceful. We will definitely be back later into the summer.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike for a spring day. First part of the trail to the ridge line was very muddy so be prepared. We hit it perfectly for the Trillium bloom. Found morells and Lot's of Snails.

9 months ago

one of my favorite trails!

9 months ago

I only went 2 miles in and turned around soon after the trail rejoins the creek. I wanted to go further, in fact the trail did everything it could to seduce me further, but real life obligations forced me to turn around. The first mile was through the woods and is a good, get-the-heart-pumping walk. I stopped at the top where the bench is and, once my breath and heart slowed, I realized it was the quietest place I had been in years. No highway noises or chainsaws or motors. It reminded me of articles where scientists are recording nature on top of mountains in Alaska because they want to document places where there is no human sound. I was the only source of any noise. Loved it.

The hike down to the creek revealed a beautiful valley where the larches on the other side peppered the evergreens with orange. Fall is definitely flexing its muscles here.

There was frost on the ground when I reached the creek and I could feel the temperature dropping as I descended. I was here on October 30th, so bring layers if you are planning on coming here in November.

I will come back with more time and maybe a tent. Drive in was fine. The last quarter mile takes some skill, but I was able to navigate it pretty well in a Corolla.

9 months ago

one of the most beautiful hikes in the area, easy hike!

hiking
10 months ago

Easy hike, no views at the end (it just ends out of nowhere) but beautiful creek and lots of green. Hiked up and ran down. Will definitley go back for trail running.

10 months ago

Beautiful area! The lush greenness inside this trail is so refreshing! We went all the way to the back & did see a black bear. He didn't bother us, but would be a good idea to carry bear spray. I would recommend this trail. It's good for the soul.

horseback riding
11 months ago

Marie creek trail is a 10 mile loop trail. creek crossings, some boggy areas, some rocky areas through the canyon. some technical trail. beautiful!

hiking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

I had the place to myself. The trail is fairly basic, with some nice forest scenery and several meetings with creeks along the way. The dead end at four point something miles is not particularly interesting. The trail just disappears after climbing over a bunch of fallen trees and going a bit further. Instead of that, the 3 way trail split at just over 2 miles out (marked by a sign) is a better out-and-back destination for about a 4 to 5 mile total (instead of 8 to 9). The creek bend and crossing at that spot are interesting. My favorite things were the view of the nearby ridge early in the hike, the small meadow, the creek interactions, and the fact that this is one of few nearby hikes with zero views of manmade structures... just nature.

hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Beautiful hike! You pass the creek several times and go through an open field to continue into the forest on the other side. Gorgeous views and lots of plant life I'd never seen. Highly recommended.

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Didn't care for this trail nearly as much as Chilco. Turned around an hour in because it was so overgrown and I was eating spiderwebs the entire time. :/ Reminded me of hiking back east where it's muggy and there's too much undergrowth. I would definitely suggest hiking up to both N Chilco and S Chilco if you want a good day hike outside of Coeur d'Alene instead of taking this trail...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Wonderful hike. I wouldn't suggest going until June or when the rain clears up. It was pretty easy and such beautiful spots. I would definitely suggest going.

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

The road, just before trailhead will fork. You'll want to stay right at the fork.
As others have noted, unless there's been a stretch of dry weather, expect muddy areas the first mile.
This was a really nice hike which was mostly easy to trek with the exception of the last half mile or so which had several fallen trees across the path. Horse riders would not be able to get around these.
As Danielle noted, once you cross skitwish creek, you'll see two trails - stay to the right if you want to stay on track for this trail.

horseback riding
Monday, June 05, 2017

great trail until you get to the rocks...had to turn the horses around and head back. bummed we couldn't keep going.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Went here today before the heat set in. The first half mile is still pretty muddy but clears up after that. If you make it all the way to the skit wish creek. There is a sign that isn't placed correctly. Be warned if you think you are going to go across the creek and go left, it will take you up hill for 6 miles coming to the national forest road 202. Then you take the forest road all down hill for 6 miles to the parking lot. Loved the hike but wish there was more markers.

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

Beautiful hike! Mud, walk, half mile starting up. Waterproof hiking boots, recommended. ❤️

hiking
Saturday, May 06, 2017

Great hike really wet and muddy we could not cross the creek today it's running a bit to high.

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