Favorite Hikes

Top 5 Overall

n/a Bacon-Bean Loop
(4.4 out of 5.0)
Azure-blue skies. Emerald-green slopes. Towering pines. Fields of bracken fern. Lazily meandering rivers. Lush moss-covered tributaries. Steep talus slopes….
n/a Gem Lake
(4.1 out of 5.0)
Gem Lake fully lives up to its name, cradled in a bowl opposite the Pend Oreille Divide of the Cabinet Mountains northeast of Sandpoint. Though the hike…
n/a Lone Lake – Stevens Lake Loop
(4.0 out of 5.0)
Named after Isaac Stevens, first governor of the Washington Territory in the mid-1800s, Stevens Peak is the tallest mountain in this area of pristine …
n/a Graham Mountain Loop
(3.8 out of 5.0)
A seventeen-mile loop hike through lush canyon bottoms and alpine meadows to the top of Graham Mountain…
n/a Lake Darling – Pend Oreille Divide Loop
(3.8 out of 5.0)
Lake Darling is one of five lakes situated in this northwest corner of the Cabinet Mountains. A pleasant trail leads through an evergreen forest of fir…

Top 5 near Coeur d’Alene

n/a Chilco Mountains
(3.6 out of 5.0)
The Chilco mountains offer incredible all-around views of Lake Pend Oreille and the Purcell Mountains to the north, the Rathdrum Prairie and the Selkirk…
n/a Mineral Ridge Loop
(3.2 out of 5.0)
A popular 3-to-4-mile loop hike offering breathtaking views of Lake Coeur d’Alene….
n/a Marie Creek Loop
(3.1 out of 5.0)
Great hiking trails lead to outstanding destinations. Spectacular pinnacles with 360-degree views. Hidden cirque lakes nestled high up in the mountains,…
n/a Farragut State Park Loop
(3.0 out of 5.0)
Farragut State Park sits at the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille on the the site of a former naval training station. During World War II more than 293,000…
n/a Bernard Peak
(2.9 out of 5.0)
A fairly steep hike on a well-groomed trail, shaded by the coniferous tree canopy so typical for the Coeur d’Alene Mountains….

Top 5 near Sandpoint

n/a Gem Lake
(4.1 out of 5.0)
Gem Lake fully lives up to its name, cradled in a bowl opposite the Pend Oreille Divide of the Cabinet Mountains northeast of Sandpoint. Though the hike…
n/a Lake Darling – Pend Oreille Divide Loop
(3.8 out of 5.0)
Lake Darling is one of five lakes situated in this northwest corner of the Cabinet Mountains. A pleasant trail leads through an evergreen forest of fir…
n/a Schafer Peak via Green Monarch
(3.6 out of 5.0)
The Monarchs consist of a forested ridge rising a steep 3,000 feet out of Lake Pend Oreille’s eastern arm. Starting from Johnson Saddle, trail #69 hops…
n/a Evans Landing
(3.4 out of 5.0)
Trail #64 is a short hike mostly downhill through a mixed coniferous forest to a gravel-and-sand beach on Lake Pend Oreille. The trail is well-shaded …
n/a Mineral Point Loop
(3.2 out of 5.0)
Green Bay is a minute campground on a picture-book pebble beach, clinging to the northern-most edge of the Kaniksu National Forest on Lake Pend Oreille’s…

Top 5 near Spokane

n/a Deep Creek Canyon Loop
(3.1 out of 5.0)
The Deep Creek Canyon loop trail winds around the northern section of Riverside State Park without actually crossing Deep Creek. Open Ponderosa forests,…
n/a Iller Creek Loop
(3.1 out of 5.0)
Iller Creek is one of the most interesting loop hikes close to Spokane, leading to spectacular outlooks across the Spokane valley and the Silkirks to …
n/a Riverside State Park Loop (Trail 25)
(3.0 out of 5.0)
Situated northwest of Spokane, Riverside State Park stretches along the Spokane River and covers some 14,000 acres. It’s Washington’s largest, beating…
n/a Slavin Conservation Area Loop
(2.9 out of 5.0)
The Slavin Conservation Area covers 628 acres of Ponderosa forest, rolling meadows, marshes and a lengthy pond much treasured by waterfowl. The site of…
n/a Turnbull Wildlife Refuge Loop
(2.9 out of 5.0)
Established in 1937, the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is a 17,000-acre sanctuary for migratory birds, located south of Cheney, WA. The loop hike …

Top 5 in the Bitterroot Mountains

n/a Bacon-Bean Loop
(4.4 out of 5.0)
Azure-blue skies. Emerald-green slopes. Towering pines. Fields of bracken fern. Lazily meandering rivers. Lush moss-covered tributaries. Steep talus slopes….
n/a Lone Lake – Stevens Lake Loop
(4.0 out of 5.0)
Named after Isaac Stevens, first governor of the Washington Territory in the mid-1800s, Stevens Peak is the tallest mountain in this area of pristine …
n/a Nelson Ridge Loop
(3.3 out of 5.0)
Nelson Peak is located just east of Avery, population 25, sandwiched between the St. Joe River and its north fork. The Milwaukee Railroad put Avery on…

Top 5 in the Cabinet Mountains

n/a Gem Lake
(4.1 out of 5.0)
Gem Lake fully lives up to its name, cradled in a bowl opposite the Pend Oreille Divide of the Cabinet Mountains northeast of Sandpoint. Though the hike…
n/a Lake Darling – Pend Oreille Divide Loop
(3.8 out of 5.0)
Lake Darling is one of five lakes situated in this northwest corner of the Cabinet Mountains. A pleasant trail leads through an evergreen forest of fir…

Top 5 in the Channeled Scablands

n/a Deep Creek Canyon Loop
(3.1 out of 5.0)
The Deep Creek Canyon loop trail winds around the northern section of Riverside State Park without actually crossing Deep Creek. Open Ponderosa forests,…
n/a Riverside State Park Loop (Trail 25)
(3.0 out of 5.0)
Situated northwest of Spokane, Riverside State Park stretches along the Spokane River and covers some 14,000 acres. It’s Washington’s largest, beating…
n/a McCroskey State Park Loop
(3.0 out of 5.0)
Located about 20 miles north of Moscow, McCroskey State Park stretches along Skyline Ridge to the Washington state line. The land was donated to the Park…
n/a Turnbull Wildlife Refuge Loop
(2.9 out of 5.0)
Established in 1937, the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is a 17,000-acre sanctuary for migratory birds, located south of Cheney, WA. The loop hike …
n/a Slavin Conservation Area Loop
(2.9 out of 5.0)
The Slavin Conservation Area covers 628 acres of Ponderosa forest, rolling meadows, marshes and a lengthy pond much treasured by waterfowl. The site of…

Top 5 in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains

n/a Graham Mountain Loop
(3.8 out of 5.0)
A seventeen-mile loop hike through lush canyon bottoms and alpine meadows to the top of Graham Mountain…
n/a Lost Creek – Trout Creek Loop
(3.7 out of 5.0)
A 44-mile figure-eight loop along Lost Creek to the Idaho-Montana state line, including the Trout Creek National Recreational trail on the Montana side….
n/a Schafer Peak via Green Monarch
(3.6 out of 5.0)
The Monarchs consist of a forested ridge rising a steep 3,000 feet out of Lake Pend Oreille’s eastern arm. Starting from Johnson Saddle, trail #69 hops…
n/a Chilco Mountains
(3.6 out of 5.0)
The Chilco mountains offer incredible all-around views of Lake Pend Oreille and the Purcell Mountains to the north, the Rathdrum Prairie and the Selkirk…
n/a Heyburn State Park North Loop
(3.5 out of 5.0)
Heyburn State Park on Lake Coeur d’Alene’s southern tip has a lot to offer, be it hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, camping,…

Top 5 in the Elsewhere

n/a Deer Flat Loop
(2.4 out of 5.0)
The Deer Flat Reservoir near Boise (aka Lake Lowell) was built from 1906 to 1909 to irrigate the surrounding countryside. Lacking any local water sources,…
n/a Deer Flat Kingfisher Trail
(1.9 out of 5.0)
The Kingfisher Trail hugs the southeastern shore of Lake Lowell in Idaho’s Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge for about three miles, then adds another…

Top 5 in the Selkirk Mountains

n/a Evans Landing
(3.4 out of 5.0)
Trail #64 is a short hike mostly downhill through a mixed coniferous forest to a gravel-and-sand beach on Lake Pend Oreille. The trail is well-shaded …
n/a Bead Lake
(3.3 out of 5.0)
Bead Lake is a hidden marvel, stashed away in this northeast corner of Washington state. Trail 127 traces the eastern shore of the lake beneath a cooling…
n/a Mount Spokane Loop
(3.3 out of 5.0)
Mount Spokane offers an extensive web of snowshoe and hiking trails. The Mount Spokane loop starts at the very bottom of the park and meanders through…
n/a Quartz Mountain Lookout Loop
(3.2 out of 5.0)
The Quartz Mountain Lookout Loop offers perhaps the best views of any trail in the Mount Spokane Nordic Ski area. On excellently-groomed trails, the 5.5-mile…
n/a Mineral Point Loop
(3.2 out of 5.0)
Green Bay is a minute campground on a picture-book pebble beach, clinging to the northern-most edge of the Kaniksu National Forest on Lake Pend Oreille’s…

Top 5 rated Easy

n/a Bead Lake
(3.3 out of 5.0)
Bead Lake is a hidden marvel, stashed away in this northeast corner of Washington state. Trail 127 traces the eastern shore of the lake beneath a cooling…
n/a Farragut State Park Loop
(3.0 out of 5.0)
Farragut State Park sits at the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille on the the site of a former naval training station. During World War II more than 293,000…
n/a Turnbull Wildlife Refuge Loop
(2.9 out of 5.0)
Established in 1937, the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is a 17,000-acre sanctuary for migratory birds, located south of Cheney, WA. The loop hike …
n/a Slavin Conservation Area Loop
(2.9 out of 5.0)
The Slavin Conservation Area covers 628 acres of Ponderosa forest, rolling meadows, marshes and a lengthy pond much treasured by waterfowl. The site of…
n/a Round Lake State Park Loop
(2.9 out of 5.0)
Round Lake is a small state park about 10 miles south of Sandpoint. It features 3 hiking trails of which the Trapper Trail is by far the most picturesque,…

Top 5 rated Moderate

n/a Bacon-Bean Loop
(4.4 out of 5.0)
Azure-blue skies. Emerald-green slopes. Towering pines. Fields of bracken fern. Lazily meandering rivers. Lush moss-covered tributaries. Steep talus slopes….
n/a Graham Mountain Loop
(3.8 out of 5.0)
A seventeen-mile loop hike through lush canyon bottoms and alpine meadows to the top of Graham Mountain…
n/a Lake Darling – Pend Oreille Divide Loop
(3.8 out of 5.0)
Lake Darling is one of five lakes situated in this northwest corner of the Cabinet Mountains. A pleasant trail leads through an evergreen forest of fir…
n/a Chilco Mountains
(3.6 out of 5.0)
The Chilco mountains offer incredible all-around views of Lake Pend Oreille and the Purcell Mountains to the north, the Rathdrum Prairie and the Selkirk…
n/a Heyburn State Park North Loop
(3.5 out of 5.0)
Heyburn State Park on Lake Coeur d’Alene’s southern tip has a lot to offer, be it hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, camping,…

Top 5 rated More Difficult

n/a Gem Lake
(4.1 out of 5.0)
Gem Lake fully lives up to its name, cradled in a bowl opposite the Pend Oreille Divide of the Cabinet Mountains northeast of Sandpoint. Though the hike…
n/a Lone Lake – Stevens Lake Loop
(4.0 out of 5.0)
Named after Isaac Stevens, first governor of the Washington Territory in the mid-1800s, Stevens Peak is the tallest mountain in this area of pristine …
n/a Lost Creek – Trout Creek Loop
(3.7 out of 5.0)
A 44-mile figure-eight loop along Lost Creek to the Idaho-Montana state line, including the Trout Creek National Recreational trail on the Montana side….
n/a Schafer Peak via Green Monarch
(3.6 out of 5.0)
The Monarchs consist of a forested ridge rising a steep 3,000 feet out of Lake Pend Oreille’s eastern arm. Starting from Johnson Saddle, trail #69 hops…
n/a Quartz Mountain Lookout Loop
(3.2 out of 5.0)
The Quartz Mountain Lookout Loop offers perhaps the best views of any trail in the Mount Spokane Nordic Ski area. On excellently-groomed trails, the 5.5-mile…

Top 5 rated Strenuous

n/a Upper Independence Creek
(3.1 out of 5.0)
Once a wagon trail linking mining and logging camps to Lake Pend Oreille, Independence Creek National Recreation Trail #22 drops from Weber Saddle to …

Top 5 Peak Hikes

n/a Bacon-Bean Loop
(4.4 out of 5.0)
Azure-blue skies. Emerald-green slopes. Towering pines. Fields of bracken fern. Lazily meandering rivers. Lush moss-covered tributaries. Steep talus slopes….
n/a Gem Lake
(4.1 out of 5.0)
Gem Lake fully lives up to its name, cradled in a bowl opposite the Pend Oreille Divide of the Cabinet Mountains northeast of Sandpoint. Though the hike…
n/a Lone Lake – Stevens Lake Loop
(4.0 out of 5.0)
Named after Isaac Stevens, first governor of the Washington Territory in the mid-1800s, Stevens Peak is the tallest mountain in this area of pristine …
n/a Graham Mountain Loop
(3.8 out of 5.0)
A seventeen-mile loop hike through lush canyon bottoms and alpine meadows to the top of Graham Mountain…
n/a Lake Darling – Pend Oreille Divide Loop
(3.8 out of 5.0)
Lake Darling is one of five lakes situated in this northwest corner of the Cabinet Mountains. A pleasant trail leads through an evergreen forest of fir…

Top 5 Lake Hikes

n/a Bacon-Bean Loop
(4.4 out of 5.0)
Azure-blue skies. Emerald-green slopes. Towering pines. Fields of bracken fern. Lazily meandering rivers. Lush moss-covered tributaries. Steep talus slopes….
n/a Gem Lake
(4.1 out of 5.0)
Gem Lake fully lives up to its name, cradled in a bowl opposite the Pend Oreille Divide of the Cabinet Mountains northeast of Sandpoint. Though the hike…
n/a Lone Lake – Stevens Lake Loop
(4.0 out of 5.0)
Named after Isaac Stevens, first governor of the Washington Territory in the mid-1800s, Stevens Peak is the tallest mountain in this area of pristine …
n/a Lake Darling – Pend Oreille Divide Loop
(3.8 out of 5.0)
Lake Darling is one of five lakes situated in this northwest corner of the Cabinet Mountains. A pleasant trail leads through an evergreen forest of fir…
n/a Lost Creek – Trout Creek Loop
(3.7 out of 5.0)
A 44-mile figure-eight loop along Lost Creek to the Idaho-Montana state line, including the Trout Creek National Recreational trail on the Montana side….

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