Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail

MODERATE 464 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

5 days ago

Love this hike especially when you reach the top and have a beautiful view of CDA lake. There is also some history to read and share about the trail. I also liked that the trail markers were clearly visable throughout the hike and the trails .

7 days ago

Super Fun little hike. I live here and hike Mineral a ton! Never get tired of it
Lake views are awesome!

hiking
17 days ago

Nice spot to stretch your legs after doing the scenic route around the lake.

22 days ago

Great fun hike. close to town. excellent sunset last night!

hiking
28 days ago

Very nice hike with beautiful views of the
Lake!! Trail was pretty well maintained dirt trail and grade was definitely manageable.

1 month ago

great short trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike. Must do.
Keep dogs on leash and pick up your dog Sh**

1 month ago

Beautiful hike on a dirt trail surrounded by forest. Mostly up hill, but so worth it. Benches along the way for breathe catching and pictures. A nice covered picnic area at the top overlooking the water and mountains covered in trees. Went on a holiday weekend and the people traffic wasn't bad. Lots of happy pups out there on leashes too Parking can be a little tough. It's a small lot. Over all great! Do it!

1 month ago

It was a decent hike. Unfortunately, we were hiking the weekend of the really heavy smoke from the fires. Entirely up hill but makes it super easy for the return trip. We stoped after reaching the overlook spot at about 1300 feet.

hiking
1 month ago

Signs direct traffic counter-clockwise on the loop. Good idea because the last part is quite steep and would be more difficult to go up than down.

A bit noisy at the top due to freeway traffic noise. Still a worthwhile little hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail! Great views at the top

2 months ago

Well maintained trail with great views.
I wish people wouldn’t cut the switchbacks though, sad!

hiking
2 months ago

Enjoyed the hike. A bit hazy from the smoke, but still very beautiful. Went off on the Wilson trail for a ways. Nice viewpoints from there.

walking
2 months ago

Great way to take in the lake. Our 3 year old loved it.

2 months ago

Excellent trail, breathtaking views enjoyed every minute of our time here
Highly recommended

hiking
2 months ago

Wasn’t feeling to swell this day, so I did not make it to the top with the rest of my family. Didn’t feel like an “easy” trail either, definitely was a moderate with the huge incline.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike to do. The views are amazing and the trail is perfectly shaded for those hot days. You could even enjoy a little picnic if you packed a snack or lunch

hiking
2 months ago

Great views!

2 months ago

great hike. lovely views from the top. our 11 year old loved it. plenty of spots to rest if needed.

2 months ago

This was a great trail! My 8 year old son enjoyed it as well! Great views and a great trail!

2 months ago

Nice views of lake on the downhill side of the trail. Very good easy hike.

hiking
2 months ago

If you're in the area, this is a nice quick hike. 3 stars b/c it's not as nice as I expected (and not as hard). Easy and not moderate. The Couer d'Alene area is known for its lead poisoning and to my surprise after researching it, is one of the largest superfund sites in the country. Local health / environmental advice says to wash your footwear and clothes separately after being in the area, so just keep this in mind. Sad b/c this is due to 100 years of silver mining contamination in the area.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Beautiful quick hike through the forest with breath taking views at top.

3 months ago

Fun hike! Great views of the lake. Will definitely be back!!!

3 months ago

Good Family hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Fun family hike. Amazing views. Plenty of spots to rest.

3 months ago

There are additional trails that take you up higher. We had a great time, but felt the burn later. Would hike again.

3 months ago

Pretty trail with a gradual climb. Take your time to notice the birds; western tanagers, buntings, cedar waxwings and nuthatches. The downside is the sound of the highway and the crowds

hiking
3 months ago

For being so close to town, it's a fun little hike for families. You can hear the road from the top so this isn't my version of the "best hike ever" and there are always others on the trail because it's so accessible. This is one trail where you can basically hike it all year long which is nice when you want to get outside.

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