Favorite Hikes

Top 5 Overall

n/a Long Canyon – Parker Ridge Loop
(4.5 out of 5.0)
Whether it’s lush creek bottoms smothered in devil’s club and ferns or sweeping views from high ridgetops, the Long Canyon – Parker Ridge loop promises…
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 West Fork Mountain via Red Top and Hidden Lake
(4.3 out of 5.0)
Located in the northwestern-most corner of North Idaho, the West Fork Mountain trail jumps from one lookout tower site to another, visits a string of …
n/a Myrtle Lake via Myrtle Peak
(4.2 out of 5.0)
Located in the heart of the Selkirk Crest, Myrtle Peak towers over Myrtle Lake, a pleasant alpine lake stocked with cutthroat trout. The mountaintop, …
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…

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 Selkirks 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 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 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 St. Regis Lakes to Copper Lake Loop
(3.6 out of 5.0)
The St. Regis Lakes are Montana’s twins of Idaho’s Stevens Lakes, nestled close together just across the stateline. This trail conveniently starts out…
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 Estelle to Gem Lake Connector
(3.9 out of 5.0)
Lake Estelle and Gem Lake are only a bit over a mile apart, but lack a connecting trail. Both lakes are at an altitude just under 5,800 feet, divided …
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 Three Lakes Loop (Blacktail Lake, Moose Lake, Lake Estelle)
(3.6 out of 5.0)
This loop visits three picturesque mountain lakes in this northeastern corner of Idaho. It includes the “Moose Loop”, which veers off to the south for…
n/a Char Falls
(2.6 out of 5.0)
Char Falls is more of a stroll than a hike, but if you happen to be hiking in this remote area of the Idaho Cabinets you may as well pay a visit. You’ll…

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 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 Coeur d’Alene Mountains

n/a Coeur d’Alene North Fork River Loop
(3.9 out of 5.0)
The Coeur d’Alene River National Recreation Trail (#20) is easily one of the nicest hikes in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains. It follows the playfully-meandering…
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…

Top 5 in the Elsewhere

n/a Lake Wenatchee North Loop
(3.2 out of 5.0)
Lake Wenatchee State Park covers almost 500 wooded acres along the eastern shore of Lake Wenatchee near the outlet. Open year-around, the park’s activities…
n/a Chelan Butte
(2.9 out of 5.0)
Towering more than 2,000 feet above Chelan, WA, Chelan Butte serves up sweeping views of Lake Chelan, a patchwork of apple orchards rimming the lakeshore,…
n/a Tumwater/Penstock Pipeline
(2.6 out of 5.0)
This short trail outside Leavenworth, WA, follows an old pipeline that in the early 1900s carried water from the Tumwater dam through a tunnel and alongside…
n/a Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve Loop
(2.4 out of 5.0)
The Four Mile Cove hike is a short boardwalk loop through a dense mangrove forest on Florida’s gulf coast with two short excursions out onto the Caloosahatchee…
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,…

Top 5 in the Selkirk Mountains

n/a Long Canyon – Parker Ridge Loop
(4.5 out of 5.0)
Whether it’s lush creek bottoms smothered in devil’s club and ferns or sweeping views from high ridgetops, the Long Canyon – Parker Ridge loop promises…
n/a West Fork Mountain via Red Top and Hidden Lake
(4.3 out of 5.0)
Located in the northwestern-most corner of North Idaho, the West Fork Mountain trail jumps from one lookout tower site to another, visits a string of …
n/a Myrtle Lake via Myrtle Peak
(4.2 out of 5.0)
Located in the heart of the Selkirk Crest, Myrtle Peak towers over Myrtle Lake, a pleasant alpine lake stocked with cutthroat trout. The mountaintop, …
n/a Big Fisher Lake via Trout Lake
(4.0 out of 5.0)
A favorite among visitors to the American Selkirks, the Big Fisher Trail serves up two crystal-clear ice-cold alpine lakes, enormous granite outcroppings…
n/a Snow Lake – Bottleneck Lakes Loop
(3.9 out of 5.0)
Two gorgeous alpine lakes and a bare-granite peak, it can’t get much better than that! A gently-ascending trail leads to Snow Lake, a cirque just north…

Top 5 in the St. Joe Mountains

n/a Pulaski Tunnel
(2.4 out of 5.0)
The Pulaski Tunnel trail is a great history lesson, chronicling the events of the 1910 Great Burn that consumed 3 million acres across the northwest in…

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 Lake Wenatchee North Loop
(3.2 out of 5.0)
Lake Wenatchee State Park covers almost 500 wooded acres along the eastern shore of Lake Wenatchee near the outlet. Open year-around, the park’s activities…
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 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,…
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 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 Myrtle Lake via Myrtle Peak
(4.2 out of 5.0)
Located in the heart of the Selkirk Crest, Myrtle Peak towers over Myrtle Lake, a pleasant alpine lake stocked with cutthroat trout. The mountaintop, …
n/a Big Fisher Lake via Trout Lake
(4.0 out of 5.0)
A favorite among visitors to the American Selkirks, the Big Fisher Trail serves up two crystal-clear ice-cold alpine lakes, enormous granite outcroppings…
n/a Coeur d’Alene North Fork River Loop
(3.9 out of 5.0)
The Coeur d’Alene River National Recreation Trail (#20) is easily one of the nicest hikes in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains. It follows the playfully-meandering…
n/a Two Mouth Lakes
(3.9 out of 5.0)
The Two Mouth trail climbs the side of a mountain and skirts the Slide Creek basin to a massive ridge overlooking the Two Mouth Creek headwaters. Crossing…

Top 5 rated More Difficult

n/a Long Canyon – Parker Ridge Loop
(4.5 out of 5.0)
Whether it’s lush creek bottoms smothered in devil’s club and ferns or sweeping views from high ridgetops, the Long Canyon – Parker Ridge loop promises…
n/a West Fork Mountain via Red Top and Hidden Lake
(4.3 out of 5.0)
Located in the northwestern-most corner of North Idaho, the West Fork Mountain trail jumps from one lookout tower site to another, visits a string of …
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 Chimney Rock
(3.8 out of 5.0)
Easily identifiable on clear days from as far away as Myrtle Peak or Priest Lake, the distinct shape of Chimney Rock makes this one of the most popular…

Top 5 rated Strenuous

n/a Snow Lake – Bottleneck Lakes Loop
(3.9 out of 5.0)
Two gorgeous alpine lakes and a bare-granite peak, it can’t get much better than that! A gently-ascending trail leads to Snow Lake, a cirque just north…
n/a Lake Estelle to Gem Lake Connector
(3.9 out of 5.0)
Lake Estelle and Gem Lake are only a bit over a mile apart, but lack a connecting trail. Both lakes are at an altitude just under 5,800 feet, divided …
n/a St. Regis Lakes to Copper Lake Loop
(3.6 out of 5.0)
The St. Regis Lakes are Montana’s twins of Idaho’s Stevens Lakes, nestled close together just across the stateline. This trail conveniently starts out…
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 Long Canyon – Parker Ridge Loop
(4.5 out of 5.0)
Whether it’s lush creek bottoms smothered in devil’s club and ferns or sweeping views from high ridgetops, the Long Canyon – Parker Ridge loop promises…
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 West Fork Mountain via Red Top and Hidden Lake
(4.3 out of 5.0)
Located in the northwestern-most corner of North Idaho, the West Fork Mountain trail jumps from one lookout tower site to another, visits a string of …
n/a Myrtle Lake via Myrtle Peak
(4.2 out of 5.0)
Located in the heart of the Selkirk Crest, Myrtle Peak towers over Myrtle Lake, a pleasant alpine lake stocked with cutthroat trout. The mountaintop, …
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…

Top 5 Lake Hikes

n/a Long Canyon – Parker Ridge Loop
(4.5 out of 5.0)
Whether it’s lush creek bottoms smothered in devil’s club and ferns or sweeping views from high ridgetops, the Long Canyon – Parker Ridge loop promises…
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 West Fork Mountain via Red Top and Hidden Lake
(4.3 out of 5.0)
Located in the northwestern-most corner of North Idaho, the West Fork Mountain trail jumps from one lookout tower site to another, visits a string of …
n/a Myrtle Lake via Myrtle Peak
(4.2 out of 5.0)
Located in the heart of the Selkirk Crest, Myrtle Peak towers over Myrtle Lake, a pleasant alpine lake stocked with cutthroat trout. The mountaintop, …
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…
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