English Point Loop

English Point is a small enclave of National Forest land on the west side of Hayden Lake. As such, it is surrounded by residential housing and offers over five miles of hiking trails close to the city of Hayden. Though somewhat lacking in either a spectacular destination or interesting sights along the way, the trail is a pleasant walk in the woods close to the city. It is a National Recreation Trail.

Location Coeur d’Alene Mountains
Rating 2.0 out of 5
Difficulty Easy
Distance 5.1 miles
Duration 1:29 hours moving time (hiking)
Elevation Gain 227 feet
High Point 2,591 feet
Low Point 2,467 feet
Trail Type Loop
Trailbed Packed dirt
Water There are small brooks and a pond, but given the close proximity of civilization I wouldn’t recommend it…
Status National Recreation Trail
Administration Coeur d’Alene Natinal Forest
Permits None required
Conditions The trail is well maintained.
Camping None (pit toilets at trailhead)
Maps USGS Hayden Lake
Trailhead Take I-90 exit #12 and head north towards Sandpoint for 6 miles. Turn right onto W Lancaster Road and continue for 3.5 miles. Turn right onto E English Point Road. The trailhead will be on your immediate left.

Google Directions (47.787653, -116.710385)

Season Year-around
Squirrel Density Plenty of squirrels, but the leash was too short…
Distance From
  • Coeur d’Alene 11.8 miles
  • Lewiston 125.5 miles
  • Sandpoint 41.5 miles
  • Seattle 318.3 miles
  • Spokane 40.4 miles
Resources
Nearby Hikes
Date November 24, 2016

Trailmap signThe English Point trail system consists of two main loops, the Red loop on the east side and the Yellow loop on the west side. There are a number of others, but those are mere shortcuts to the two larger ones. The Grey trail is a shorter version of the Red loop and the Blue and Green trails are subdivisions of the Yellow loop. The trails are well marked with placards and get heavy use.

Viewing platfor...The Red trail (1.6 miles) is mostly for hikers, with limited access for horses and no access for mountain bikers. It is a fairly wide path with a gravel surface that tends to be less soggy than the Yellow trail. It meanders through the woods with occasional filtered views of Hayden Lake and the Canfield range; such views are best at the southern tips of the loop. There are frequent benches and even a viewing platform.

Views across fa...The Yellow Trail (3.4 miles) is open to all non-motorized traffic. It also is a fairly wide trail, but very muddy in spring and fall (likely not much of an issue during the hotter summer months). Most of the trail is forested, with occasional filtered views of adjacent residences reminding the hiker of how close to town this trail is. The woods are more open than the Red Trail, with frequent clearings. As the trails turns sharply eastwards, it approaches the edge of the Forest Service enclave and enables vast views of the surrounding farm land. There are also a number of bridges along the trail, as well as a small pond complete with boardwalk.

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Trailmap sign
Trailmap sign
Beginning of Red Trail
Beginning of Red Trail
Moss thrives during wet months
Moss thrives during wet months
Filtered views of Hayden Lake
Filtered views of Hayden Lake
(Hopefully) decommissioned deer-hunting tree stand
(Hopefully) decommissioned deer-hunting tree stand
Viewing platform on Red Trail
Viewing platform on Red Trail
Hayden Lake & Canfield
Hayden Lake & Canfield
Red Trail on approach to swamp
Red Trail on approach to swamp
Boardwalk across swamp on Red Trail
Boardwalk across swamp on Red Trail
Overturned trees on Red Trail
Overturned trees on Red Trail
Views across farmland
Views across farmland
Mosses growing on pines
Mosses growing on pines
Tree stump in clearing on Yellow Trail
Tree stump in clearing on Yellow Trail
Fall is a good time for mushrooms
Fall is a good time for mushrooms
Pond on Yellow Trail
Pond on Yellow Trail
Trees along Yellow Trail
Trees along Yellow Trail

Trailmap

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One Comment Add yours

  1. julianne0919 says:

    Great dog pics!! 🐶

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