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Well marked and easy to follow trail with a decent climb from the trailhead up to the North peak. Still plenty of snow up top, but the trail is easily followed and the snow is generally well packed easy to navigate. Nice views North, west, and east.

I have been up the Park and Hike trail to the North Peak (there are two Chilco peaks) quite a few times. As previous reviewers have mentioned, the access road, walking trail, and peak itself can have snow cover into early summer. Until the region has had several weeks of hot weather (usually July) assume there may be snow. The walking trail to the north peak is easy to do for fit hikers, as it involves a good amount of switch-backs. The top of North Chilco mountain is treeless, and consists of some decent amount of scree, so this allows for good views of the surrounding area, but the south and east are heavily forested and mountainous. The trail continues, for those that want to pursue it, to south Chilco peak, and dips down from the North Peak, across a saddle-back, and then up to the South Peak, which can also be accessed by a trailhead to the south of the Peak, but is further out on a forest road than the trailhead for North Chilco mountain. The trail system as a whole is a good option for those seeking an accessible , low-surprises trail in the Kootenai County region.

hiking
9 days ago

As of 5/11/18 this trail is passable but still covered in deep hard packed snow. The summit is also completely covered in snow, no trail is visible the last 1/4 miles. If your familiar with this hike, getting up is slow and seems to go on forever as it's all uphill but not too hard.
The road in currently it's clear except for one spot near the trail head. If you have a 4x4 you should be ok. If you have a Subaru Outback you won't be. I pulled a very nice gal out of the snow who later climbed the mountain trail with me. No cell service, make sure you have a shovel or tow strap.
In the summer months this trail is packed with local hikers.

nature trips
17 days ago

We actually started at the shoreline and finished with the forested area- both were easy to maneuver but there were many intersecting trails which made it difficult to navigate without the app or a map. Our 2 year old loved walking the forested path, the shoreline was a bit uneven for her so she was carried. A great view of the bay and wildflowers along the way, we’ll do this one again for a family stroll !

Definitely an easy trail, very disappointed however for it was extremely boring and for a while you are walking next to a road.

A really scenic, easy hike along lake Pend Oreille! A pretty brief and relaxing stroll, I’m sure I will walk it again when it warms up.

Peaceful place for a walk in the fall, winter and spring. Lots of stinky dead salmon washed up in December though! Great for eagle watching!

hiking
5 months ago

This trail is still close enough to town to be pretty crowded. We went in May last year and there was a TON of snow on the trail still. Mid June was when almost all of it was melted. BeAutiful views at the top.

hiking
5 months ago

Not too bad getting in still. We took our friends FJ Cruiser up to the trailhead and it had no problems. The trail is totally covered in about a foot of snow but it has had enough traffic to make the trail obvious. My wife started in snowshoes but ditched them about half a mile in. Boots were fine. At the top, we were just about to pop out of the clouds but didn’t get a good view. Beautiful hike though, lots of fun.

Please be advised that this trail is now officially a snow sport. I hiked it today, prepared with ice cleats and snow shoes. There is about a mile at the top that requires snow shoes or lots of wading in snow. There were wolf tracks and lots of bunny tracks everywhere. As expected, even on a sunny day, the wind at the top was bitter cold.

Bunco Road to the trailhead is covered in ice. Even with snow tires and 4 wheel drive, I was slipping a bit. On the way down, a truck coming too quickly the opposite way, almost hit me. It would be wise to drive slowly on Bunco Road at this point.

hiking
5 months ago

We did this hike on Thursday, November 30th. There was quite a bit of snow. We followed tracks for the first mile and then started our own tracks to get to the top of the ridge as the people we were following turned around. Quite a bit of rabbit trackbacks on the trail too. Beautiful view at the top. Just be prepared with waterproof boots, gaiters, and potentially snowshoes.

We did this hike today, for Black Friday. There was a lot of snow on most of the trail. The wind was bitter cold on top. The summer hiking is definitely finished for the year.

Getting snowy up there. good hike even in the snow.

Great way to get the heart rate up! Scarcely see more than a handful of folks.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail. Great views. Easy enough to get to trailhead.

mountain biking
9 months ago

The trail is a good workout. I would use a map for this trail if you haven't been on it. The trail has a lot of side trails and not mark very well. Also I would grade this easy to moderate trail.

It could be a great view, but it's too smoky right now to really see it. Also, the last 1/4 mile or so is up steep rocks.

Well maintained trail with beautiful forest scenery to climb with. Views from the summit were stunning and well worth the effort. Kids picked tons of huckleberries and had a blast.

It was a little tougher then I expected but it was beautiful and worth pushing through.

hiking
10 months ago

I hiked all the way to South Chilco in 3 hours; 2.5 on the return leg. The distance to reach both peaks coupled with the grade of the trail is what earns this journey the "hard" rating. Only attempt the hike if you're fairly fit; carry plenty of water.

The trial is well established; wide and obstacle free and the initial ascent to the north peak is 2 miles uphill. The spur trail to the north peak has a section that travels through a field of loose rock but nothing too crazy. The trail to the south peak is fairly steep but milder than the ascent to the north summit.

Great trail, did late afternoon. We even found a few ripe huckleberries!

Although this is not a really long hike, in my opinion, it is one of the most scenic trails in Farragut State Park. If you happen to be in this area of the park, it is worth your time to walk this lovely trail.

hiking
10 months ago

FS332 is a bit dicey in blind turns at times especially with on coming traffic. We drove out around 9:30a and passed no less than six cars/quads. If you are a conditioned hiker this is a manageable hike. Excellent views and photo ops at the top. No accessible streams or lakes so bring plenty of water. Nicely maintained and well marked trail.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Great trail for an easy and fun bike ride.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy to drive to and easy to park. Take an SUV, not a full size truck, easier to use the road. Horse flies everywhere right now, but shaded, lots of bear Grass, and well maintained. The trail to the campsite at the base of N. Chilco Peak is 2 miles up and the camp site is on the right over looking the valley to the north west, no lake view. Nicely marked with slate benches and a fire pit. The trail continues about 25 steps to a well marked sign. To the left of the sign is a trail up to North Chilco Peak with 360 views. To the right the trail continues along the Chilco saddle, rather flatly, and up Again to S. Chilco Peak. Took me 56 minutes to the peak, and 42 minutes down (it's just steep enough to slow a hiker down.

Hiked all the way up to the South Chilco summit. I hiked just N Chilco last year, but wanted to get to the other summit. So far, this is my favorite hike outside of Coeur d'Alene. It's pretty strenuous going up North, but South Chilco has an easier grade. It's about 10 miles total roundtrip to summit South Chilco. Perfect day hike! You can also pack a lunch and have a great picnic with lovely views of Hayden and surrounding area from S Chilco. Definitely recommend.

hiking
10 months ago

This loop trail is also known as the "Buggy Trail" on the Farragut trail map, if you stay on the route you shouldn't be getting on different trails and covering more distance. I hike here with my dogs almost daily, the north side is very quite as most of the visitors are at the lake or south side. No matter which side you are headed to, Farragut is definitely worth the visit.

hiking
10 months ago

Hike this every year with my dad and it never gets old. Views up top are 360 and mountains for miles. Usually can't access the roads to get to the trail head until about June, sometimes July depending on the winter. We usually only see about one other person, maybe two, the whole hike which is nice. I would definitely recommend going in the Fall when the leaves start to change.

hiking
11 months ago

If you follow the entire trail, the total distance is 14 miles. We hiked it on 6/21/17 for a total distance of 11 miles there and back (we wandered around the summits a bit too). We made it to North Chilco Peak, which is about two miles in, through South Chilco Peak, about 5 miles in, before turning around. The views from North Chilco are better, in my opinion, but there's nothing quite like bagging two summits in one hike! Especially with sister peaks:) If you want a shorter hike, it is well worth it to hike the 2 miles up to North Chilco, the view is incredible there. We ran into a surprising amount of people on this hike, about 5 or 6 groups. The flowers are beautiful right now, especially the bear grass, but there is more bear grass on the North Chilco side vs the South Chilco side. The first two miles are definitely the steepest, but if you power through it, the views are well worth it. Note: do not confuse the first lookout point with North Chilco Peak (I did that the first couple times I hiked this and I'm so irritated at myself!) The first lookout point is beautiful, but keep going a little ways and you'll see a sign that says North Chilco is 1/4 mile away. Follow the sign up and you will be rewarded with an incredible 360 view. Happy hiking!

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful hike! It's short, but up just about the whole way. The trail is in great shape, and just about anyone could hike this, even it means just taking breaks. Watch your knees on the way down though. The top is awesome with 360 views. Take a seat on north side in the grass, and eat lunch, read a book, or take a nap with the view of Lake Pend Orielle.

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