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Beautiful trail. Definitely hard. We recorded almost 12 miles for both peaks. South peak from North peak trail has quite a bit of snow but we were just fine in hiking boots. We saw a deer and few birds.

Pet friendly. Did this hike with four kids under the age of seven. Stopped to play in the water. Moderately trafficked.

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27 days ago

Super easy hike, very easy to get to. very little snow, even up top. make sure you have protection, there were two bears in trees next to summit. they were not remotely scared of us, and we're somewhat aggressive, blocking us from getting down and not wanting to move or run away. I seriously thought we may have to take em down... luckily we got them to run off, but even then they didn't get out of sight. not to deter you, but just make sure your prepared.

Nice trail. We walked on the rocks along the shore for some of it.

For me ... it wasn’t worth the beat up gravel road to get to the starting point. If you have a car you care about, don’t bother coming here. The switchbacks at the beginning, are fairly quick. The grade % is a bit much for “fair-weather” hikers. The trail is extremely well taken care and wide. I would label this as moderately hard, unless you hike at least 2wice a week and one of those is climbing a mountain trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Such an amazing “top of the world” feeling at the top of the peak. Absolutely worth the trek up the rocks for 360 degree views. We went early October and there was a decent amount of snow at the top. Dress accordingly!

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rocky
1 month ago

I didn’t have any trouble getting up to the trailhead in my 2WD, just be careful of washboards once you hit the dirt road. The first 1-2 miles of the trail were really tough with the steep incline, but the views at North and South Chilco peaks are well worth it. Heading towards south peak you walk through a lovely patch of woods and meadows. The only animal I ran into was a deer. Would highly recommend if in the CDA area!

Scout trail is a good challenge for beginners. It's a long trail and the grade is easy. There are not alot of views but the scenery is beautiful. Perfect spot for a hike on a warmer day as you are under tree cover nearly the entire time.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is in great condition and the views at the top are magnificent. It’s a very steady uphill climb but mercifully fairly short. The first half of the climb is pretty arduous but it gets a little easier once the trees start thinning then flattens out quite a bit near the top. Well worth the effort in the end. There were quite a number of other people on the trail but this was a beautiful Saturday in the fall - a nearly perfect day for hiking. The forest service road to the trailhead is very well traveled and no problem at all this time of year.

Beautiful and well maintained trail with views from both North and South Chilco (although I wasn't expecting any views from what looks from a distance like a fully treed South Chilco. There is a cutoff trail off the far side of North Chilco that connects into the saddle trail so you don't have to backtrack down North Chilco. I uploaded a recording of this cutoff trail.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked this trail in the rain. Not sure why we did that lol. I heard there were great views but we had poor visibility due to the rain, fog, and cloud cover. Still..a nice hike. We will do it again on a nice sunny day.

Drove from Spokane to do this hike for the first time, on a whim. Used the "Directions" from the AllTrails app to get to the trailhead without issue. The trail is in very good condition and the fall colors are just starting to emerge. Once you get above the tree line, you have to navigate the scree field but it's not bad. There's actually a route visible through the rocks...follow that to the top for an amazing 360 degree view. Averaged about a 30 min mile, but I stopped to take pictures along the way. My trail recording showed 4.2 miles total, which included a bit of "off trail" for pictures. Overall, I highly recommend this trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Walk in the park. Roads are paved .

Shorline connects with some other trails that will take you onto the little island...and then up...it all depends on where you park and how far you want to hike but Shoreline is beautiful- stick on the path closest to the water and go around the loop over to where you'll go all the way around to the little island and half way around that inlet. Then loop around or turn around and go back. Alternatively go the other way toward Hudson Bay Road and hike til that trail ends. I normally start in that parking area and hike all the way around. Beautiful colors. Best in autumn. Also great kayaking place- current is strong though so be prepared for a workout!

hiking
2 months ago

Great view from the top and the trail is well maintained. Was able to make it up in about an hour and about 40 minutes on the decent. Huckleberries are about over for the season, but a few are still around

hiking
2 months ago

This summit and Scotchman Peak in my opinion offer the best views in the panhandle of Idaho. Chilco however is much easier and shorter than Scotchman. I did north Chilco this morning and surprisingly ran into several other folks on this hike. The trail is in excellent shape with a pretty steady and moderate grade. It took me almost 1 1/2 hours to get to the summit and half that to get back down. The distances given pretty much matched what my fitbit counted. The road in to the TH from 95 however was just over 12 miles and not over 13 as I've seen on several sites. The TH is easy to miss if there are no other vehicles parked there as the path begins behind you as you approach it. There is a great campsite on the saddle just as you being the spur trail to the top. The final approach requires focus and caution as footing is on loose rock. Great 360 degree view includes S Chilco and Lake Pend Oreille. Whoever maintains this trail really does a great job as there were no blowdowns and no signs of erosion despite the grade.

hiking
2 months ago

The directions say to turn in at Thimbleberry but that is closed. You'll turn in at North Rd instead - the fee box is there. $5 day use. As for the hike, don't go out of your way for it. If you're staying at the park, yes. It's predominantly an old dirt road, walking along the paved roads or crossing over them. If you enjoy hearing gun fire, this one is for you since you walk right alongside the firing range and can hear it all throughout.

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2 months ago

Made it almost all the way to the second peak, ran into a mom and baby moose. Decided I’d rather not get between them because they ran in separate directions, so I turned back. I’ll be doing this one again.

Highly recommend this trail! Every single step up and down!!!

A great, easy loop with multiple points of contact with the lake for dogs to grab a drink and cool off. Beautiful views!

Perfect over cast day. The water was perfect temp, took the dog & played with other dogs along the way. Wasn’t too steep anywhere, perfect to take your family. Checked out the picnic area, lots of shade and benches. The railing at the top of the stairs looked like it rooted away so be careful not to lean up against it. Beautiful scenery!

hiking
3 months ago

This was a great trail with exceptional scenic views of the valley communities below including views of four North Idaho Lakes: Lake Pend O’Reille from North Chilco and Hayden, Coeur d’Alene, and a sliver of one of the Twin Lakes from South Chilco. The trail was clear and well maintain and we were surrounded by huckleberries as far as we could see!

hiking
3 months ago

It's almost all uphill, and sometimes you'll think about turning around, but you need to make sure you make it all the way to the top. The view is AMAZING! You'll have a 360-degree view of the Selkirks at the top. The trail is very well groomed and marked. It was probably one of the best hikes I've ever been on!

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rocky
3 months ago

Loved the view at the summit of this trail. There is a climb on the way up but nothing a seasoned hiker cannot handle. I brought trekking poles and didn’t feel as I truly needed them. Lots of huckleberries on this trail so bring a container.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely amazing. We completed this during a thunderstorm and when we got to the top we were able to see over the clouds and lightning where the sun was setting. Unforgettable and totally worth the steep hike.

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scramble
3 months ago

This is the best hike in the area—hands down. While you’re definitely push to make elevation early on, it’s less than 2 miles to the saddle, and a breathtaking 1/4 mile to the peak. There’s really few other experiences like it around here and the bang for your buck effort wise is superb. Busy this time of year due to huckleberry hunters. Bug spray may be desired. Bring a camera.

trail was good. I think if you also add in North Chilco it's about 3200 elevation gain.

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