Newman Lake McKenzie Loop

The McKenzie Conservation area covers nearly 500 acres along the northwestern shore of Newman Lake. Host to deer, moose, raccoons and a plethora of birds, including eagles, the conservation area features around five miles of trails through cool cedar forest and along the marshy lakeshore.

Location Selkirk Mountains
Rating 3.1 out of 5
Difficulty Easy (some uphill hiking to the alternate trailhead)
Distance 4.2 miles
Duration 1:16 hours moving time (hiking)
Elevation Gain 351 feet
High Point 2,420 feet (Bedrock Ridge)
Low Point 2,129 feet (Newman Lake)
Trail Type Loop
Trailbed Packed dirt, old forest road, gravel road
Water None
Status Conservation Area
Administration Spokane County
Conditions Excellent
Permits None required
Camping Not allowed
Maps USGS Newman Lake
Trailhead Starting at Trent Avenue (Hwy 53), turn north on Starr Road (this is near the Idaho/Washington stateline) and continue for 3.6 miles. Turn right onto Hauser Lake Road at the “Y”, then left after a quarter mile onto Muzzy Road. Continue on Muzzy Road, which eventually turns into West Newman Lake Drive, for 4.5 miles. The trailhead will be on your left, a large gravel lot providing ample parking.

Google Directions (47.800873, -117.120181)

Season Year-around
Squirrel Density Dogs must be leashed
Features Lake, Grove, Meadow
Distance From
  • Coeur d’Alene 26.1 miles
  • Lewiston 132.9 miles
  • Sandpoint 59.0 miles
  • Seattle 307.1 miles
  • Spokane 29.3 miles
Resources
Nearby Hikes
Date November 25, 2017

View across Newman Lake from Bedrock RidgeStart out by taking the single-track moving south and slightly uphill. It uses the bed of an old logging road, which is quickly reverting back to forest. Leading through a mixed cedar, fir and pine forest, the trail rises gently and rides the spine of a ridge, culminating in excellent views across Newman Lake at the one-mile mark. This is also the location of the first of several significant monoliths along this trail.

Aspen groveThe single-track continues through the forest and slides downhill for a quarter mile to a fork at lake-level. Taking a right, the trail skirts a marshy meadow with an impressive aspen grove and soon (in a quarter mile) forks again, with the right branch, a single-track, heading up into the woods (it is marked by a hiking marker) and quickly branching again. The right fork meanders uphill through the forest to the alternate trailhead on Peninsula Drive. The left fork is a narrow single-track contouring along the wooded hillside, then dropping down to lake level near the very edge of the conservation area. The trail then becomes the divider between forest and marshlands as it loops back to the earlier fork (that is, fork #2). Continue back to fork #1 and here take the eastbound trail leading to the lake.

Turtle RockThe trail reaches the lakeshore at the location of Turtle Rock and an old boat house. Turtle Rock is rather picturesque and the views of the lake are simply impressive. A native plant garden, guarded by lots of mesh wire, huddles next to the boat house. The trail, now called Turtle Rock Trail, continues north, following an old gravel access road. Nature dared only a few tentative steps at reclaiming that road, though, with only a few saplings succeeding. 

Eagles nestAbout a quarter mile from the boat house, an old twin track sets out across the marsh to a tall tree on a slight knob. There is a huge bird’s nest on the tree, presumably an eagle’s nest. The gravel road continues through the woods, slightly uphill, and back to the trailhead.

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Trailhead
Trailhead
Much of the Bedrock Ridge trail is single-track using the bed of an old logging road
Much of the Bedrock Ridge trail is single-track using the bed of an old logging road
Moss-covered trail (Bedrock Ridge)
Moss-covered trail (Bedrock Ridge)
Monolith on Bedrock Ridge
Monolith on Bedrock Ridge
View across Newman Lake from Bedrock Ridge
View across Newman Lake from Bedrock Ridge
There are many monoliths sprinkled along the ridge
There are many monoliths sprinkled along the ridge
Alternate trailhead
Alternate trailhead
Marshy area along Newman Lake
Marshy area along Newman Lake
Aspen grove
Aspen grove
Turtle Rock
Turtle Rock
Newman Lake from Turtle Rock
Newman Lake from Turtle Rock
Looking south along the shore of Newman Lake
Looking south along the shore of Newman Lake
Newman Lake, taken from Turtle Rock
Newman Lake, taken from Turtle Rock
Naughty cooling off in Newman Lake
Naughty cooling off in Newman Lake
The turtles belly
The turtle’s belly
Much of the Turtle Rock trail is an old gravel road
Much of the Turtle Rock trail is an old gravel road
Eagles nest
Eagle’s nest
Trailmap
Alternate Routes

  • For a shorter loop take the Cross Draw Trail
  • There is a new addition north of West Newman Lake Road


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