Mickinnick Trail

MODERATE 29 reviews
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Mickinnick Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ponderay, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2112 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Beautiful views of Lake Pend O'Reille!

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15 days ago

Great views over Sandpoint valley and the lake.

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26 days ago

Better than my expectations! My suunto watch said 3.4 miles to the top and 2,100 ft of gain. Great views the whole way up. Heavily trafficked. Bring some lunch and enjoy a nice picnic at the top!

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26 days ago

Wild flowers are out and it has beautiful views. This hike is a little long and steep for young kids, but there is a nice look out at half way in that was a perfect turn around spot.

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26 days ago

Trail is 7 miles round trip per the forest service. It's wildflower season. Stunning!!

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26 days ago

Not an easy hike but sure worth it for the views at the end. Lots of pretty wildflowers along the trail

1 month ago

The trail was very popular, today. The parking lot was full between 1 and 3.

Conditions: the streams were rushing but only 3 to 5 feet across. The path was dry throughout. The snow at the top was slippery and prone to foot-cave ins. Other hikers remarked that the snow slowed them down. Poles were marginally helpful, but cleats were not.

1 month ago

There is no lake unless you count Lake Ponderay. This will test your knees on the way back down. The last mile or so still had snow and make things a little dicey. The mosquitos were relentless. Wear a bug net. There were some nice little water streams along the way. View was nice.

2 months ago

Great hike. Lots of snow still in April. Needed snow shoes at about 800 ft from the top. Great views.

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3 months ago

Great hiking trail through the woods with streams and lots of snow at about a mile in right now. Didn't use microspikes or snowshoes as the snow was wet and packed down most of the way up. Last mile had us post-holing a bit up to our knees in areas. Great views.

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6 months ago

Great trail! My second time here. Would’ve been nice to have a pair of yak tracks for the bottom half as it was slushy and pretty slippery, and a set of snowshoes for the top. Over a foot of snow once you hit the second mile! Great trail for dogs since they can be off leash once you hit public land. Lots of fresh deer tracks!

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9 months ago

I hiked this last January. I used snowshoes where the trail had deep drifts, but a lot of it was packed down and extremely icy. I think I slipped twice. There were lots of mule deer and plenty of birds to look for. The view at the top is great!

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9 months ago

If you're looking for a decent hike and a good workout, this is it. 3.5 up and down! 7 miles total. There are a couple great viewing spots of the lake! It was a very smokey day, so the views were hindered. Still beautiful!
Wish there were better markers for when the trail ends. At the top there are two more benches, but nothing about how far you've gone or where it ends.
Few people out today, but I enjoyed that because I went solo. Yes there are better trails out there, but this is a good one and I will do it again (it's basically in my backyard!).

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10 months ago

Good hike- great for dogs. Love coming here- not busy often- so if you want a quiet hike- this is the one....(besides the trains and woodpeckers!)

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10 months ago

Oh I love this trail. Hopefully the photos do it justice. It's not that difficult, unless it super hot; and the view is a Trillion dollar view. The amazing thing this year was the wife and I scored Huckleberries, for anyone who has never picked Huckleberries; this was an experience of a lifetime! What a thrill.

11 months ago

Great workout and amazing views!

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11 months ago

Great hike! Challenging but not too crazy. Great views on the way and at the top.

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11 months ago

Great hike! Very steep on the way up, but doable for most ages. We typically make it to the second bench and then turn around, but the view at the top is fantastic if you're looking for a longer hike.

hiking
Friday, June 09, 2017

This is an amazing hike. It's pretty steep on the way up, but definitely doable if you're in decent shape. I would bring water and a snack with you. There are amazing views of Lake Pend O'Reille, Sandpoint, and Ponderay at several viewpoints on the way up. Towards the top, it gets fairly rocky but nothing bad. The trail is named after Mick and Nicky Pleass, who donated the mountainside to the forest service to make this trail, and there's a nice little description about the story at the start of the hike. There is private property right next to the hike, but it is well marked so should be easy to avoid.

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