Mt. Coeur DAlene
High Point: 4440'
DirectionsFrom Coeur D'Alene, Drive east to exit No. 22, and Drive south on Highway 97 for two and a half miles to Beauty Creek Rd (No. 438). Drive east on this road for three fourths of a mile to a campground and trailhead.
The trail to the top of Mt. Coeur DsinglequoteAlene offers a good spring workout for those wanting to get into shape for the summer hiking season. A road brings those looking for an easy trip to the top less than mile away from the summit, but for those who like to get out and enjoy the scenery, the exercise, and a fairly early season hike, this trail will do just fine.
The trail leaves the campground and immediately crosses Beauty Creek; a nice meandering brook through the valley bottom meadows. Soon, the path leads up Caribou Ridge, switch-backing for the first mile-and-a-half before leveling out. While gaining plenty of vertical distance, your perceived progress is compromised by the constant ability to see straight down to the trailhead. After topping out the trail finally turns away from the canyon and follows the ridge through fairly easy hiking country. Views of Lake Coeur DsinglequoteAlene and the rolling mountains of Northern Idaho are constant sights throughout the rest of the trip. After four miles, the trail junction with Coeur DsinglequoteAlene Mountain Road gives hikers a chance to wonder why they didnsinglequotet just drive up, but after passing through a picnic area the trail tops out at the summit and the pride of not taking the easy way up sets in.