Shadow Falls Trail #513 is the ultimate place to start your Northern Idaho exploration. This short and sweet trail is only 0.6 miles long, and offers visitors a seasonal view of multiple area waterfalls. Located just outside Wallace, Idaho in Silver Valley awaits a beautiful, peaceful, and well-maintained trail with handicap accessibility along the first portion of the path. Follow split log footbridges over babbling brooks through lush forest to the 25-foot-tall Shadow Falls, or hike a bit further to see its smaller counterpart, Fern Falls. This trail is a short jaunt to big scenic payouts — perfect for family expeditions.
Directions: There are two access points, one from heading east from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and the other heading north from Wallace, Idaho. The road leading to this trailhead is accessible to all vehicles and is well maintained.
Discover an area of old-growth cedar forest 14 miles north of Nordman, Idaho. The Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars Scenic Area, named for former President Theodore Roosevelt, offers visitors a chance to walk among virgin forest. With trees up to 12 feet in diameter, 150 feet tall, and some as old as 2,000 years, there’s no better place to get lost in the grandeur of Northern Idaho’s stunning forests. Take the Granite Falls Trail #301 several hundred feet from the parking lot and get a view of the Lower Falls cascading over sheer rock walls. Follow the entire 1.1-mile-long loop to catch views of both the Upper and Lower Falls.
Directions: From Nordman, Idaho head north 25 minutes to The Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars Scenic Area, and from there follow the signs to the Granite Falls trailhead.
Traverse through the heart of downtown Coeur d’Alene along the Tubbs Hill Nature Trail for Instagram-worthy views of the city. Open year-round and consisting of over 120 acres that border Lake Coeur d’Alene, this 2-mile loop is an awesome way to experience Northern Idaho’s flora and fauna without straying too far from home base. Pack a picnic and bring the family to enjoy stunning views of both the city and nearby nature.
Directions: This trailhead is located in the southwestern corner of McEuen Park parking lot in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Visit the 2.7-mile Robinson Lake Trail for a hike along a scenic interpretive loop. Located 25 miles north of Bonners Ferry and open year-round, the Robinson Lake Trail is a suitable hike for all experience levels. Pass through streamside and lakeshore habitats and view the abundant regional wildlife that inhabits the park. Pack a picnic, take a dip, or drop a line after your hike to enjoy continued use of the Robinson Lake Campground.
Directions: Travel north from Bonners Ferry 30 minutes to arrive at the Robinson Lake Campground. Please note that day use of the area is free, but there’s a $15 fee for overnight campers.
Hike to some of Spirit Lake, Idaho’s most exclusive, unknown, and pristine waterfalls. Follow the Brickel Creek Trail and traverse through 5 miles of wild woods, with giant boulders and rushing creeks. Follow this local favorite trail all the way to the end to experience hidden waterfalls throughout. Open seasonally, this wide and well-maintained trail makes for the perfect summer hike.
Directions: Though finding this trailhead can sometimes prove tricky, the drive is well worth the payout. From Spirit Lake, follow Maine Street due west until it turns into West Spirit Lake Road. Follow this road until it turns to gravel and you encounter a host site. Entrance to the park and campground are $15 per car. Buy your pass from the site host, and they’ll lead you to the Brickel Creek Trailhead.
The Pine Street Woods trail system is a network of some of Northern Idaho’s best hiking trails. Explore over 180 acres of rolling hills and healthy woodlands in this community forest. Located just outside Sandpoint, Idaho, Pine Streets Woods is a local favorite. Though these trails are ideal for hiking, bikers, snowshoers, and nordic skiers are also known to frequent this area. Check out the Sherwood Forest Trail, Pipeline Trail, or Bier Bridge Loop to start.
Directions: From Sandpoint, Idaho travel eight minutes west to arrive at the Pine Street Woods parking lot. From there, choose from any number of trails to enjoy.
The Falls Park Overlook Trail is a 0.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Post Falls, Idaho that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from March until November.
Directions: located in Post falls, ID off of 4th Ave.
The Black Bay Park Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Post Falls, Idaho that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Directions: located in Post falls, ID on N Bay St.