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Best trails in Athol

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Looking for a great trail near Athol, Idaho? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount Spokane State Park or Farragut State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Tubbs Hill Park or Dishman Hills Natural Area. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 3 hard trails in Athol ranging from 10.5 to 16.7 miles and from 2,401 to 5,659 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Athol
Top trails (5)
#1 - South Chilco Mountain
Idaho Panhandle National Forest
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Length: 10.5 mi • Est. 6 h 9 m
South Chilco Mountain is a locally significant mountain and the highest on the western front of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains, a sub-range of the Bitterroots in North Idaho. It is 5,661 feet in elevation and has a respectable 1,526 feet of prominence, both of which are ranked third in Kootenai County. The abrupt rise of these mountains is approximately 3,500 feet, which is not large, but with the heavy coat of evergreen forests and numerous large and small lakes nestled against the lower elevations it’s a very scenic place. The mountain stands out particularly from Hayden Lake, north of Coeur d’Alene, which lies nearly 3,300 feet below. The lakes largest tributary, Hayden Creek flows off the southwest aspect of the mountain feeding the lake with cold clear waters through dark, inland rainforests of Western Redcedar and Hemlock. The upper elevations support open stands of subalpine fir and beargrass glades broken up by some very large talus slopes. These large rocks are billion year old sedimentary ripple rocks raised up from an ancient sea bed. The mountain looks out over the Rathdrum Prairie into Washington beyond the city of Spokane. Several lakes including Coeur d’Alene, Hayden, Lower Twin and Hauser are visible to the south and west. Across the south end of the Purcell Trench lies the southern terminus of the extensive Selkirk Mountains along the border of Idaho and Washington. To the easterly direction the apparently endless waves of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains, broken up by the highly dendritic fingers of the Coeur d’Alene River; extend to the northern Bitterroots and on into Montana. To the northeast the view across the broad Clark Fork Valley is highlighted by the Snowshoe Peak and other summits of the high Cabinet Mountains. To the southeast below the South Fork Coeur d’Alene basin, the St. Joe Mountains rise in a similar, but generally slightly higher manner than their northern neighbors. This trail begins on Bunco Road, NF-209, at coordinates: 47.905699, -116.513223. It follows Forest Service trail number 14. (There is an alternate trailhead at the south end of trail 14, at coordinates: 47.849840, -116.559903, but the road to the south trailhead can be a challenge to find and negotiate.) The hike to South Chilco Mountain entails hiking up Chilco Mountain most of the way, descending into Chilco Saddle, then ascending South Chilco Mountain. South Chilco Mountain is the taller of the two peaks. Chilco Mountain has an elevation of 5635 feet, while South Chilco Mountain has an elevation of 5661 feet. (The sign on the peak appears to be inaccurate.) The hike includes some considerable changes in altitude, and some switchbacks, which might challenge some hikers. The distance from the Bunco Road trailhead to Chilco Mountain is 2 miles, one way – for a 4 mile round-trip hike. The hike to Chilco Saddle is 3.5 miles one way. The hike to South Chilco Mountain is 5 miles one way, for a round-trip distance of 10 miles. Forest Service Trail #14 is 7 miles in length, so out and back is 14 miles total. Show more
#2 - Shoreline Picnic Area Trail
Farragut State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 57 m
Starting on trail 62 to finish on trail 63 you will get to see a majestic like forest finished by the shoreline. Easy trail for the family with lots of nature to see. Show more
#3 - Scout Trail to Bernard Peak
Farragut State Park
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Length: 16.7 mi • Est. 9 h 6 m
The following information is from the state parks trail map available at the trailhead: The Scout Trail is a part of the Farragut State Park trail system. It was created as a result of a private landowner generously permitting public access, on the trail across private land, for recreation. The owner will close the trail if abuse occurs. As long as users behave correctly, the trail will remain open! Camping along the trail on PRIVATE land is not permitted. No fires are permitted on the ground. Motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trail. Difficulty: not a beginner trail because of length and slope. To hike one way from Farragut to the top is 8 miles. For a 16 mile roundtrip hike a person needs to be in very good physical condition, and prepared. The trail is too steep and rocky in the lower area for bicycle riding - a bicycle would need to be pushed or carried on parts of the trail. Where the trail intersects with logging roads pink flagging was placed to guide you. The trail is very well signed for the first 2.5 miles. In the logged area (a blight on the timber industry) the aforementioned flagging is pretty scarce; just continue eastbound along the southern periphery of the logged area and you'll find the trail without too much problem. Don't take any of the southbound roads. Once past the logged area the trail is very well maintained and easy to follow. This summit does not offer the spectacular views that my other four Lake Pend Oreille summits offered but it is an outstanding hike nonetheless. The silence up here is deafening!Show more
#4 - Northside Loop Trail
Farragut State Park
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 3 h 19 m
#5 - Bernard Peak Loop
Farragut State Park
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Length: 14.6 mi • Est. 7 h 50 m