Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Coeur d'Alene with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I like this hike with open meadow and parked out trees. Pretty....no no views but very serene.

Great views of Lake Coeur d’Alene!
Beautiful.
Well maintained trail... great for a family hike.

Nice little loop with some fairly steep switchbacks. We worked up a sweat even though it was only two miles. Despite the slope the trail was nicely maintained and not slippy or too full of roots/rocks. The view at the top was nice but somewhat lessened by the noisy highway running through it. My dogs enjoyed it but it seemed that we were the only ones following the leash rule.

I love doing this hike after work in the evening. It's a quick, beautiful hike that has a bit of a climb near the end. Super fun!

Loved this trail, views at the top are awesome

I loved the views at the top of this short but fun hike! It was a steady uphill climb with switchbacks to the top with expansive views of Lake Coeur d'Alene. The way down was steep with some sliding rocks.

Beautiful path. Extremely well maintained.

Well maintained trail with great views. Moderate uphill. Parking pretty tight

good trail and great scenery, we hike the alternate trail at the top with the steep end to it. 2 for 1 can't complain.

Nice steady climb. Great views!

on Blue Creek Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail; our first visit. Nice alternative to CdA residents usual hikes at Tubbs Hill, Mineral Ridge and English Point.

Mostly double track trail on pine straw and partially shaded. I think I’d rate it ‘Moderate’ for the steady climd over the first 1/3 of the trail.

I suspect maybe some blue diamond trail markers have gone missing since previous reviews, you’re left guessing a few times during the first 1/3 of the trail. Checking the map app was reassuring that we hadn’t veered off the wrong path.

75’ From the trailhead a well-worn path crosses the trail, keep straight. Then about 100 yards down the trail you come to several intersecting trails. Keep to either of the two left switchbacks. The blue diamonds disappear for several hundred yards but start again.

Very nice parking lot for 10 cars with a Forest Service-type outhouse.

Still patches of mud in places on the trail, but certainly not bad. We let the dogs swim at the nearby public rec area on Blue Bay afterwards.

I enjoyed this trail way more than I thought I would. I got there at 7 am and was the first one there on a Sunday morning. When I came down at 9, the parking lot was full and cars were waiting for spaces. The lookout is stunning and walking along the ridge is breathtaking. Definitely take the side trail to Elk Mountain Road Overlook when you get to the top. The view is stunning. I added pics!

Great hike with a great view. A lot of vertical increase and decrease so be ready to go up and then go down.
I wouldn't suggest it for those who can't handle constantly going up hill or downhill.

Great shoot off trail at that top.

Aside from one really nice overlook, there are probably better trails in the area. Good for kids and elderly people as it's not very strenuous. no hiking boots required.

Great trail and views! Looking forward to returning on a less rainy, muddy day.

Great hike with kids and dogs. Trail is in great shape. Great views at the top.

Great hike this morning only one muddy spot a couple new fallen trees.

trail was muddy and had some snow towards the top. Nothing a good pair of hiking shoes/boots can't handle.

This was our first hike. Was a little tough lots of up and downhill walking. But still fun. Nice view of the city when you get up towards the top. Only saw a couple birds and a little snake

Beautiful over look

Great 3 mile loop, well maintained, and beautiful views! the parking lot was packed and overfull and that made me a little nervous the trail would be packed. It was busy, but not so busy the trail was crowded or people were stepping on eachother. Good little afternoon hike!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Cloudy windy day at Blue Creek Trail yesterday, but still beautiful with 4 inches of fresh powder snow. Parking lot was not plowed but still accessible. Except for the first little jaunt uphill the trail is fairly easy switchbacks up to a lollipop Loop. At the beginning of the trail you get a glimpse of Blue Creek Bay. most of the trail is through snow-covered woods. About halfway along the trail there is a bench and a old corral. Trail is very well-marked , we followed the blue markers all the way. Trail is about 2.7 miles long

It’s a fairly moderate hike that has a nice view and a few little surprises along the way

3 months ago

Did this on Jan 31 and very little snow was present. Lots of mud though sort of like it would be in March. Very nice foresty hike and if you wander off the upper part of the loop you can find some views to the SE. With some exploring off trail I racked up 3.4 mi. Didn’t see anyone else.

As of Jan 15th the trail is mildly muddy with only a handful of sections that are very slick and icy. You do not need cleats or YakTrax at this point.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

This is a great snowshoeing trail. Its not super long and not a lot of elevation but on a sunny day, it really is beautiful! Very nice close to town outing.

hiking
5 months ago

Great way to make the mineral ridge LOOP longer. Nice views along the way.

Not a bad hike for the beginning of the season to get your hiking juices flowing! Pretty steep sections and a nice view from the top!

Beautiful morning on mineral ridge today.. the fog started clearing out and made for some spectacular views. Nice short hike close to home.

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