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beautiful well maintained trail, and gorgeous views from the peak. windy and cool, I suggest an extra layer for the top. will definitely hike again!

Fun hike for the family. Took my 7 yr old and 9 yr old 2 weeks ago. It was about all they could handle (uphill to the peak) but the view was worth it. Hardly any snow left.

It's a steep trail but so very worth the view. I've been on a lot of hikes in some cool areas and this remains my favorite.

Bring a light jacket for the top, it's very windy at the top. Leave plenty of time so you don't have to rush up or rush the view. You have to wait until around June for all the snow to be gone. I went today and there's beautiful wildflowers in bloom.

19 days ago

This is a great hike and fairly easy - it's June 2018 we just hiked the North peak and I'm 8 months pregnant so you can do it too! Great views, snow is all gone and there's a camping spot at the false peak that you can stay at if you want. Going slow it took us about 1.5 hrs to get to the peak where the old lookout used to be.

Beautiful trail! Very well maintained to the North peak. This was my second time to the North peak and first time to the South peak. Both have great views but the North peak has more of the 360° views. There are a few fallen trees over the trail to the South peak but nothing difficult to deal with. The only snow I saw was at the very top of the South peak. No snow near any of the trail.

Done this many times. The view is always terrific.

24 days ago

Great, scenic hike! It is somewhat hard but the climb is gradual with only one steeper part and the trail is very open.

Amazing views from north AND south peak. I’m really glad I decided to go all the way to south peak! Definitely sore the day after but gorgeous hike throughout. The coordinates took me directly to the trailhead on my gps. Service road to get there was in good condition. Do this one!

1 month ago

Hiked today... no snow on the trail at all, but there is some snow at the top

1 month ago

Better views from the North summit.

This trail was beautiful and grueling! But worth it for the views. A few notes - it costs $5 to park there. You can either put cash in an envelope and drop it in the bin near the entrance or backtrack down the highway to the visitor's center where you can pay with your card. The signs in the beginning were really confusing. There was a sign that directed you to the right for Scout Trail but it took us completely away from the map listed on All Trails. So we ended up backtracking and taking the trail called "Highpoint Trail." This matched up with the map and eventually connected us to Scout Trail. From there, the trail was clear marked. However, there is a ton of overgrowth, fallen trees, and plenty of rocks to climb so be prepared. The environment changes frequently. Most of it is shaded and not too sunny. We saw a moose on the trail and another group saw a baby elk. At one point you will reach a sign that says Scout Trail to the right or Lake Viewpoint straight. I highly recommend you take that 2 minute walk from the sign to the viewpoint. It's the only view of Lake Pend Oreille you'll get on the whole hike and it's gorgeous. I uploaded some photos. Views at the top were okay but somewhat disappointing. Nice mountain view but no lake. This hike is difficult just because it's so long, you have to navigate all kinds of debri, and parts are steep. It took us 9 miles and 4 hours to get to the top - total of 18 miles and 7 hours and 26 minutes with 7 hours of moving time and 26 minutes rest. It's a doozy but well worth it.

As of 5/16/18 this trail was passable but the last 1/3 mile had patchy, melting snow. Very slippery so take your time. Orange tags hang on trees so you can follow those once you hit snowpack and lead you up the mountain. I found a remote to a dog training collar-- it was in perfect condition so I left it at the trailhead.

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.

1 month ago

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.

2 months 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
2 months 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!

6 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.

7 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.

7 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.

trail running
7 months ago

Great trail with some cool views .Would be a ton of fun to man bike down. Turned around 1 mike from the top cause of how much snow I was in with running shoes.

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.

10 months ago

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

mountain biking
11 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.

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