There are some really nice hikes in the Sandpoint, Idaho area that local members of the Idaho Trails Association can recommend. To make it easier for you to find these hikes, we suggest that you purchase 3 books that provide detailed information on each of our favorites: “Trails of the Wild Selkirks, 2nd Edition” and “Trails of the Wild Cabinets, 3rd Edition” both by Dennis Nicholls with Jim Mellon, and “!00 Hikes in the Inland Northwest, 2nd Edition” by Rich Landers
With the detailed driving directions you’ll find in your new books, here are a few of our favorite hikes in the Selkirk Mountains:
- Roman Nose Lakes, Trail #165 – easy 4 mile family loop, one of the best for scenery, swimming, and huckleberries
- Harrison Lake Trail #217 – 2.3 miles one way to a pretty alpine lake
- Beehive Lakes Trail #279 – 4.4 one way, to a really pretty lake and alpine basin
- Chimney Rock Trail #256 – 6.0 one way, challenging hike to beautiful alpine basin. Stay off unstable scree slope below Chimney Rock.
- Mickinnick Trail – 3.5 to top on steep trail. Great views of Sandpoint. Close to town.
- Two Mouth Lakes, Trail #268 – 4 miles one way, great alpine lakes. Lots of room to wander.
These are some good ones in the Cabinet Mountains:
- Pend Oreille Divide Trail #67 – 4 miles one way to top of Pend Oreille peak and great views. Beautiful ridge top hike.
- Moose Lake Trail #237 – easy 2 mile one way or a great 9 mile loop over Moose Mtn. (great views from up there) and back around via Blacktail Lake Trail #24.
- Bee Top/Round Top Trail #120 – long 19 mile alpine trek. Most beautiful hike in northern ID. Start at Trestle Creek. Come out new trail at West Spring Creek for car shuttle. For a shorter hike, go 4 miles one way to Trestle Peak then back to your car.
- Scotchman Peak Trail #65 – 4 one way with 3,500’ of lift. Fantastic views at the end of this challenging hike up the highest peak in Bonner County. Please stay away from the goats!
YOU CAN HELP KEEP THESE GREAT TRAILS OPEN!
To help keep these and other non-motorized hiking trails open, please volunteer for an Idaho Trails Association project. Our volunteers clear fallen logs, remove brush, and re-build damaged sections of trails on public lands. We will provide all the tools and training needed to do this work safely and efficiently. Its fun, rewarding, and a great opportunity to make new friends!
Please go to our website at www.idahotrailsassociation.org and sign up for a trail project.