Hiking Trails in Kootenai and Bonner County
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” – John Muir
It is safe to say that more and more people are gravitating to the Pacific Northwest. And why wouldn’t they? The land is filled with beautiful mountains, covered by a diverse amount of trees and there is an abundance of lake access to simply observe or take a swim in. Let’s take a quick journey exploring some of the hiking trails in Kootenai and Bonner County.
Located in the heart of Downtown Coeur d’Alene, Tubbs Hill is certainly a hike that needs to be on your to-do list, or kept in the back of your mind if you are more of the spontaneous type. There is plenty of parking near McEuen Park and the Public Library, as well as street parking. Be sure to stop by Bakery by the Lake for coffee and a treat afterwards. It will top off your experience for sure! The trail loops around and you can complete it in its entirety in less than one hour. There are downward trails that lead you right to the lake where you can take a dip or you can stop by one of the cliff jumps, which is popular amongst locals. There is a beautiful view of Lake Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding mountains. Tubbs Hill is the epitome of a hidden gem in your own backyard.
Tubbs Hill is a 2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and fishing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Farragut State Park
This summer I got to trail through the high pines that cover Farragut State Park. This was by far one of my favorite trails. It’s about a 40 minute drive from Downtown CDA and also provides overnight camping. After stopping by the visitor center to purchase or show your parking pass, you drive along to come across multiple trails. Though I can’t recall all names of the trails, Farragut Outer Loop leads to Bayview which has access to an adorable little connected island that takes about 15 minutes to walk around. From the island, you can see out to the rest of Lake Pend Oreille and there is a bench where you can sit and take it all in. Just to the left of this island is a beach area that you can hike to. Get lost in the pines on any trail at Farragut and find yourself at the largest lake in the state of Idaho.. Which leads us to our next trail site.
Farragut Outer Loop is a 12.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bayview, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Note: You can do the entire loop or go back the same way you came through, I’ve done both because the trail in is so beautiful.
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir
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