Trail 8, Penn, and Cave Trail Loop is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length3.8 miElevation gain941 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingohv / off road drivingDog friendlyForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeMuddySnow
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The map shown here has the hiker going counter-clockwise. The trail can also be done clockwise, starting uphill on Trail 8. This area is within the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Be on the lookout for mountain bikes and motorcycles as this area is heavily used by them. Users have reported that trails in this area are poorly marked. Contrary to the name, there is no actual cave on this route. The name refers to a large hole a miner dug years ago.

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John Merwald
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Janet Hogan
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Challenging elevation just because it’s just a steady climb. But the steady descent made up for it.

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Jon Diamond
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Definitely mountain bikers and dirt bikes so make sure you are cool with that. Beautiful and solid hike!

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Scot Sonius
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Jill H
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For a casual hiker that’s a fan of the quarantine snacks, this climb was definitely a harder moderate to the top (when following the trail counterclockwise, as signs indicate), so be prepared to climb and use those legs! This particular trail combination isn’t well marked, but luckily the gps in the app can pick up your location here for you to be able to check. The trail has several deep pockmarks from dirt bike use, so be very cautious, especially during the first mile and if the trail is wet/icy. The views are fantastic and it’s fascinating to see how vastly different the last 1/3 of the trail is from the first 1/3!

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Mike D.
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Decent trail for a hike. Has shades. Not sure if it’ll be an easy MTB downhill ride for beginners.

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Heidi P
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Trail not very well marked.

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mckenna milacek
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Clearly used mostly for mountain biking, as most of the other people we saw were on bikes. The trails in the area aren’t marked super well, and we probably would have gotten lost if we hadn’t been following the map from all trails. Overall, it was a decent hike. The first third is a steady incline but it’s not steep. Flattens out in the middle with some good views of the mountains and lake.

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Isabelle Horn
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The hike was good but a lot of motorcycles and bike riders tearing up the trail, that’s the only reason I gave it a 3 it’s beautiful go early it was packed by the time we got back to the trail head

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Mary Crosby
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Great hike! It’s mostly shady depending on when you go. Easy incline to the top where there is a stunning view of CDa Lake! Only downside is there are many dirt bikes but they are polite and slow down to pass. The trail is narrow so if you’re elderly might be a challenge. Otherwise and amazing hike with stunning views!

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Jason S
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HikingMuddy

Not the best route markers on trail.

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John Owens
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This ended up being a really fun hike. There is a lot of dirt bike traffic and the trails aren’t marked very well. Definitely enjoyed the views and scenery.

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Jaci Schork
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Christina Huffman
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Pretty views when you get to the top and peeking through the trees on the way back down. There still a little bit of snow on the north side of the trail, recommend microspikes until it melts little bit more. A couple areas were a little muddy which made it kind of slippery but overall doable right now. Didn’t meet anyone else on the trail but there were a lot of elk and moose prints. New favorite local hike!

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BARRY EGAN
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Steeper than we thought but still easy enough. Really icy in spots could have used some crampons but enough snow to soften all the slips and falls.

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mk guth
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Great hike. Nice incline so you get a work out but also not hard. The trail is not always well marked but if you keep to the left at most turns you have it right. Some snow and a bit of ice.

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Jason Buscema
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HikingMuddy

Great trail! We hiked it and were rewarded with lots of sun. Little muddy in spots but no big deal. Love this hike.

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Mack Viz
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A perfectly moderate trail with beautiful views. A great hike to do in the early fall with a light jacket. This would also be a great trail for mountain bikers

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Matthew Myers
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Great day for a hike. Trail was in good shape. Watch trail signs carefully after summit or you may get a little lost like I did. Met a nice couple on the trail that had the same issue.

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Corina Hakkarainen
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Absolutely stunning. Hit the trail a day after this crazy early snowfall. Only passed 3 people along the way. Went early morning around 8am and didn’t pass a single bike. Stunning backside of the mountain and the added snow made it a magical moment! Will be back.

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Tom Woodman II
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Clint Adams
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Brad Neilson
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Hiked July 2. Perfect temps. Pay attention to trail signs. Not well marked so easy to go in the wrong direction. Using this app map helped us a couple of times. Some motorcycles and mountain bikes on the trail but not an issue. Had a great hike with beautiful scenery.

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Anne Wige
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trail head at the end of a gravel road. plan ahead no outhouse. info signs are not in the parking lot. trail 8 begins across the road. mountain biker spotted 2 cougars. beautiful views and treed. moderate. 1 mile in opens to a clear view of lake couer d'alene.

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Liz Droesch
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This was a good hike/trail run. It was pretty straight up for the first mile with a great view as a reward for toughing it out. The second mile got more rocky. It then split into a few different trail options and I had wished I had studied the map a bit better. I went right and up the mountain. Went up about .5 mile and then back all the way down. I had to let two dirt bikes and three mountain bikers pass which wasn’t fun but we gotta share the trail! Lots of flowers and vegetation. Pretty dry trail..but not too dry.

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