With its trailhead little more than two miles from downtown, the Mickinnick Trail is one of the closest and nicest hikes adjacent to Sandpoint. But you’ll have to work for it, a bit: It rises more than 2,000 feet in its 3.5-mile length, meaning, a round-trip hike is 7 miles with a fairly strenuous climb. But the hike is certainly worth it, affording splendid views as you climb up through big granite features amid open forests and spring-summer wildflowers. On warm summer days, the east-facing aspect of the trail makes it more shady and user-friendly in the afternoon.
The trail ends on a rocky knob with a commanding view of Sandpoint, the Long Bridge, Lake Pend Oreille and the distant Cabinet Mountains east of the lake.
Details: 7 miles round-trip; more strenuous difficulty
Directions: From downtown Sandpoint, the trailhead parking is at roughly 400 Woodland Drive.
USFS Mickinnick Trail page