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Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 649 ft Route type Loop

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Easy hike with one great viewpoint looking west over the lake. Lots of benches along the way and some educational milestones as well to keep things interesting. It is a one way trail moving counterclockwise so the good viewpoint is almost the last thing you come to before heading down. Mostly shaded so it would probably be a good summer hike as well.

There are bathrooms available at the trailhead.

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Jacob Edlund
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Hiking

This was a great hike. Slow incline with lots of switchbacks. The views aren’t the greatest being you are overlooking the freeway at Wolf Lodge, but it is worth it. If you can do it, there is another trail in the back that takes you up the hill further. On the way down, there were some loose rocks that my wife slipped on, but it was still worth it. Parking is very limited, so you need to get there early or just park up the road as we did.

Sally Bair
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Hiking

it is a very well worn trail. beautiful views at top of the loop after walking on the ridge past the cabin.

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Douglas Pulsipher
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HikingGreat!

Make sure to go east at the ridge to lost man trail

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William Barraza
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Well maintained trail. Very easy to navigate and has a rewarding view on the way down.

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Samantha Hanson
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Hiking

It’s a fun and fairly easy hike. Trail is usually heavily trafficked, but if you just want a short hike with pretty views, this is your hike! :)

Adrian Kryszak
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Hiking

Hiked 7/3/20 in the late afternoon. It is a beautiful hike in the forest so there is a lot of shade. I extended this hike to include Wilson Trail. There are certain spots on this trail with beautiful views. This is a loop trail which I prefer over out and back.

Paige Smith
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Hiking

The trail is well maintained. It is a steady climb for the first 1.2 miles. A short part of the hike is on level ground, than switchbacks for a mile coming down. There are alot of benches you can stop and rest on. I am 55, not in best of shape. I made it, but won't do it again. I don't mind a climb if there is alot of flat hiking also.

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Roshelle Cleland
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Hiking

Gorgeous view at the top. Good for most levels. Does have escalation, which is why you have such a beautiful view at the top from all sides. Trail can get pretty busy and is narrow on the way up.

Jami Krebs
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Hiking

Get there early, or you’ll have to park on the street. We sat up the hammock at the top and had lunch. Beautiful views, I always love coming to this trail.

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Kysa S
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Hiking

6/30/20 - nice trail and great overlook with lake and mountain view. You’ll get to the top and feel like you’re traveling on a fairly flat, slightly downward sloping trail. Before the trail is fully down. You’ll see the overlook. The only knock on the trail is with it’s easy access, the traffic sounds were noticeable and interferes with an otherwise peaceful hike.

Andrea H
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Beautiful! Lots of shade from the trees so you don't have to slather on sunblock. Great family hike. Limited parking so try to arrive by 9am on a weekend.

Carey Seip
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Hiking

Easy, good for kids

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Mark Dillon
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Hiking

Nice trail. Pretty good workout for 45-60 minutes as you go uphill. View is okay. Recommend timing your hike so you can view the sunset.

Karen Chipley
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Hiking

Well engineered trail. The area was very disappointing. Many of the views of the lake included the freeway. The noise level on the trail was not good. Most of the three miles you heard traffic and dogs barking. At one section we could hear kids on a raft in the lake screaming. Surely not a quiet serene hike!

AllTrails User
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Hiking

Perfect! Beautyful views, great trail and sweet smell of pine whispers through the trees

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Erica Kayrin
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Hiking

I went to this trail alone, and felt very safe! There were great views the entire hike, and when you make it to the very top you’ll see what all the hype is about! It’s definitely a new favorite.

Charles Neace
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Hiking

Perfect hike for anyone of any age or skill level.

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Chris Grubb
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Hiking

Great for a morning hike. When you get to the top hang a right and go to the top of the next ridge… Pretty steep, straight trail but a great workout!

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David Goss
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Hiking

Very beautiful and easy hike. Also a very busy location. I was lucky someone was leaving just as I arrived. The parking lot stayed full all day, people were parking up the road and walking in. Most people tend to go the same direction around the loop so it wasn't too bad but the trail is narrow in a lot of places and doesn't offer a lot of room to pass if you're faster or slower than others. If you're worried about social distancing, I'd avoid this trail, on the weekends at least. I'm not sure how busy it is during the week.

Andrey Karpov
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Hiking

Very beautiful trail all the way up and down! A lot of great views and a gorgeous view of the sunset as well.

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Michele Rabe
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Hiking

Wonderful trail. Love that it is one way traffic. Saw deer what looked like a marmot. Great hike on a rainy day. Great view of the lake. Good aerobic workout right of the cabin. Follow Wilson Trail option and stay to the right. Please stay on the trail - lots is switchback cuts on the way down.

Candace Martin
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Hiking

A nice hike. Some elevation and switchbacks but the length makes it not too challenging. Enjoyed the views, even on a cloudy and somewhat rainy day. Lots of benches along the way. Not too crowded on a Sunday early afternoon.

Renae Severn
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Hiking

Oops!!! Forgot to stop the recording!!! Great hike with great views. Highly recommend it.

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Kate Cunningham
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Good light hike with some nice views

Ashley Plumb
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Walking

A bit of an incline for the first bit heading up but the views once you get to the top and heading down are AMAZING!!!

Toby Black
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Hiking

Fun family trail. Lots of benches. Perfect picnic spot at the top cabin. Fun day

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Samantha Teresi
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Hiking

Lots of people over the weekend but it is a beautiful hike. Parking lot was packed when we got there in the afternoon so I would suggest going in the morning

Robin Karau Droppa
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Hiking

Beautiful loop. Views from the ridge are gorgeous. Pretty easy hike. A bit longer than the app states. I think it was 3.5 in total.

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Chris Waldron
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Hiking

A fairly steep trail to the top, but once you get there... WOW what amazing views! There are plenty of benches along the route for the Wayfairer in need of a break. I recommend taking the small trail off the side to head back down once you reach the top. It’s very secluded with the best views of the hike.

Aimee Gordon
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Hiking

Nice hike with beautiful views. I would rate it moderate. Lots of places to rest.

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