Hiking In CDA

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Hikes Every Local Should Do 

The Outdoors Issue


15 - Tubbs Hill in Coeur d'Alene, ID

Best for: Easy walking and hiking.

Mileage: 2.5-mile loop.

Why go: Because everyone else does. Really, it's a popular spot right on the edge of Coeur d'Alene's tourist and restaurant district, but still relaxing enough to get away from the city for just an hour or so. Plus, great lake views.

How to get there: 210 S. 3rd St,, Coeur d'Alene. The trailhead and large parking lot is just east of the Coeur d'Alene resort marina, at the southeast corner of McEuen Park.

Don't miss: All the great restaurants and dining options in Coeur d'Alene after your hike.

Tip: Lots of people walk on the first third of the trail to access the beach. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em (i.e., bring sandals and swimwear).

16 - Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail

Best for: Easy walking and hiking.

Mileage: 3.3-mile partial loop trail and out-and-back.

Why go: A perfect blend of good views near Lake Coeur d'Alene mixed with lots of interpretive signs. It's educational and recreational. Can't beat that. Also, there are plenty of chances for bald eagle viewing, particularly during kokanee salmon spawning season throughout December and early January.

How to get there: 11 miles east of downtown Coeur d'Alene. Follow I-90 east 8 miles to Wolf Bay Lodge exit 22. Follow US 97 south for three miles to trailhead.

Don't miss: Interpretive signs galore. Take extra time to read and appreciate the natural history and education. Yeah, even on summer break the kids (and adults) can learn.

Tip: Remember binoculars and camera with a good lens for possible bald eagle viewing.

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