Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail

MODERATE 384 reviews

Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
649 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
9 days ago

Been there two times already and loved it each time. The view is amazing and worth the hike up, definitely needed lots of water.

hiking
14 days ago

The views at the top made the uphill first half of the hike worth it! There are several benches along the way to allow for a little break before continuing on. At the top there were some offshoot trails you can take - we explored one and made it to another great view point.

hiking
28 days ago

Great views of Lake Coeur d’Alene!
Beautiful.
Well maintained trail... great for a family hike.

hiking
30 days ago

Nice little loop with some fairly steep switchbacks. We worked up a sweat even though it was only two miles. Despite the slope the trail was nicely maintained and not slippy or too full of roots/rocks. The view at the top was nice but somewhat lessened by the noisy highway running through it. My dogs enjoyed it but it seemed that we were the only ones following the leash rule.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail, views at the top are awesome

hiking
1 month ago

I loved the views at the top of this short but fun hike! It was a steady uphill climb with switchbacks to the top with expansive views of Lake Coeur d'Alene. The way down was steep with some sliding rocks.

1 month ago

Beautiful path. Extremely well maintained.

1 month ago

Well maintained trail with great views. Moderate uphill. Parking pretty tight

1 month ago

good trail and great scenery, we hike the alternate trail at the top with the steep end to it. 2 for 1 can't complain.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice steady climb. Great views!

1 month ago

I enjoyed this trail way more than I thought I would. I got there at 7 am and was the first one there on a Sunday morning. When I came down at 9, the parking lot was full and cars were waiting for spaces. The lookout is stunning and walking along the ridge is breathtaking. Definitely take the side trail to Elk Mountain Road Overlook when you get to the top. The view is stunning. I added pics!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with a great view. A lot of vertical increase and decrease so be ready to go up and then go down.
I wouldn't suggest it for those who can't handle constantly going up hill or downhill.

Great shoot off trail at that top.

hiking
1 month ago

Aside from one really nice overlook, there are probably better trails in the area. Good for kids and elderly people as it's not very strenuous. no hiking boots required.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail and views! Looking forward to returning on a less rainy, muddy day.

2 months ago

Great hike with kids and dogs. Trail is in great shape. Great views at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Great time!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike this morning only one muddy spot a couple new fallen trees.

2 months ago

Beautiful over look

hiking
3 months ago

Great 3 mile loop, well maintained, and beautiful views! the parking lot was packed and overfull and that made me a little nervous the trail would be packed. It was busy, but not so busy the trail was crowded or people were stepping on eachother. Good little afternoon hike!

4 months ago

It’s a fairly moderate hike that has a nice view and a few little surprises along the way

hiking
5 months ago

As of Jan 15th the trail is mildly muddy with only a handful of sections that are very slick and icy. You do not need cleats or YakTrax at this point.

hiking
5 months ago

Not a bad hike for the beginning of the season to get your hiking juices flowing! Pretty steep sections and a nice view from the top!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful morning on mineral ridge today.. the fog started clearing out and made for some spectacular views. Nice short hike close to home.

6 months ago

I love this hike! This hike is quick but it is beautiful and gets your blood pumping. The view from the top of the mountain is like nothing I have ever seen before. CDA is beautiful, especially from the top.

6 months ago

Quick hike, beautiful views, nice groomed trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Great quick hike. We went up yesterday before Thanksgiving dinner and it was windy windy at the top. Trail is clear and in good condition. Enjoy!

7 months ago

amazing view at the top! sit and relax and collect yourself:)

hiking
7 months ago

I love this trail during all seasons. You can lengthen the trail by taking some of the out and back trails along the main trail line. first one is a cave and a few other lookout ones like lost man trail. great views and a little covered picnic area at top with a water fountain that works during the summer. lots of benches along the way if not a typical hiker or just want to take in the scenery. the trail does have a designation direction once you get a little way into it. My husband and I use this trail for getting in shape for backpacking and testing out new gear. dog friendly

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome little hike, and even better views at the top. I took my camera and drone along and filmed the whole thing and the video came out great!

To get a feel for the hike on an October afternoon, check it out at https://youtu.be/WRBp3njBs6E.

Or search on YouTube 'Mineral Ridge Idaho' and it'll be the fourth one down. Thanks for checking it out. Hit that subscribe button!

7 months ago

Beautiful and educational

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