Maiden Rock

Maiden Rock is a bare granite knob overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. The trail meanders downhill for 2 miles through dense cedar forest alongside Maiden Creek. It terminates at a pebble-strewn beach with expansive views of the rock outcropping, across the water and south along Little Blacktail Mountain towards Evans Landing, a similar boat camping site.

Location Selkirk Mountains
Rating 2.9 out of 5
Difficulty Moderate (some uphill hiking; rocky trail)
Distance 4.3 miles
Duration 1:34 hours moving time (hiking)
Elevation Gain 1,135 feet
High Point 3,253 feet (trailhead)
Low Point 2,030 feet (beach)
Trail Type Out-and-back
Trailbed Packed dirt, loose rocks
Trail# 321
Water Maiden Creek
Status Unprotected
Administration Kaniksu National Forest
Conditions Good. A few downed logs and the trail is very rocky in places (use poles!). Some sections are steep. Trail is shared with dirt and mountain bikes
Permits None required
Camping At beach. There are picnic tables and a pit toilet
Maps USGS Cocolalla
Trailhead From US-95, take Blacktail Road east. This is roughly halfway up/down Lake Cocolalla. Continue on Blacktail Road for 1.6 miles, then turn left onto Butler Creek Road (NF-230) and continue to the trailhead, 2.7 miles. There is parking for a few vehicles.

Google Directions (48.117237, -116.539447)

Season Year-around
Squirrel Density Lots of smells but not that many critters. It’s winter!
Features Lake, Grove
Distance From
  • Coeur d’Alene 38.1 miles
  • Lewiston 151.7 miles
  • Sandpoint 16.5 miles
  • Seattle 342.3 miles
  • Spokane 64.4 miles
Resources
Nearby Hikes
Date November 4, 2017

Maiden Rock beachThe parking area serves as the trailhead for three trails, Blacktail (#117), Little Blacktail (#231), and Maiden Rock (#321). The Maiden Rock and Little Blacktail trails head south, into the woods, and almost immediately there is a fork, with Little Blacktail, an ATV trail, branching off to the right, while the Maiden Rock trail continues southeast through the dense cedar forest. A bit over a quarter mile into the hike, the wide double-track ends near a pond and a single-track continues to the left, hugging the southwestern flank of Blacktail Mountain. The trail gets quite rocky from this point onwards, with lots of loose rocks covering the trail bed. A dry ravine, formed by the steep face of Blacktail Mountain, of which there are frequent glimpses up bare talus slopes, and the forested flank of Little Blacktail Mountain, guides the trail steadily downhill. It switches frequently from one side of the ravine to the other, and around one mile into the hike crosses Maiden Creek, which appears to spring up out of nowhere. Afterwards, it parallels the creek closely down to the pebble-covered beach. The views from the beach are magnificent, be it across the water or up the trail’s namesake rocky knob. There are a number of campsites, each including picnic tables, and a pit toilet. The location is popular with boaters, though, and weekend nights are always busy during the summer months. The return trip is uphill the same way, with about 1,000 feet of elevation gain.

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Trail near trailhead
Trail near trailhead
Near the pond the trail morphs into a single-track
Near the pond the trail morphs into a single-track
A small pond to the right
A small pond to the right
Most of the trail is in dense cedar forest
Most of the trail is in dense cedar forest
Maiden Creek makes an appearance about a mile downhill
Maiden Creek makes an appearance about a mile downhill
The forest opens up a bit as you near the lake
The forest opens up a bit as you near the lake
Maiden Creek
Maiden Creek
An overcast sky
An overcast sky
Maiden Rock beach
Maiden Rock beach
There are a number of campsites along the beach
There are a number of campsites along the beach
Naughty returning from an inspection of Maiden Rock
Naughty returning from an inspection of Maiden Rock
View south along the beach towards Evans Landing
View south along the beach towards Evans Landing
View across the lake towards Green Mountain
View across the lake towards Green Mountain
Maiden Rock
Maiden Rock
Despite the freezing temperatures, Naughty went for a dip
Despite the freezing temperatures, Naughty went for a dip
Maiden Rock up close
Maiden Rock up close
Maiden Rock beach. Note the bright-orange larches
Maiden Rock beach. Note the bright-orange larches
Naughty climbing rock outcroppings at the foot of Maiden Rock
Naughty climbing rock outcroppings at the foot of Maiden Rock
Lake Pend Oreille
Lake Pend Oreille
Snag
Snag
Green: Maiden Rock trail; Teal: Blacktail Mountain Trail. The marker is a geocache
Green: Maiden Rock trail; Teal: Blacktail Mountain Trail. The marker is a geocache

Alternate Routes

  • Starting near the trailhead, you could hike up to Little Blacktail Mountain. However, this is an ATV trail and for some length it merely follows forest roads


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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jenn says:

    Those photos of the beach are fabulous! Will have to do this snow hike when we are back in the area.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. naughtyhiker says:

      It sure is a nice beach and you’ll have it all to yourself during the winter months. Plus, the access road (FR 230) was plowed, though a bit slick

      Liked by 1 person

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