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Old 01-24-2014, 01:50 AM
 
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My wife and I are heading out to Cda in April and wanted to enjoy the outdoors a little. I'm not terribly familiar with the area and was hoping some locals would know of a fun hiking spot or two? We are flying into Portland and driving east. Would it be better to find something to do in Oregon or Washington? Totally open to any suggestions. Thanks for the help.
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Old 01-24-2014, 08:00 AM
 
Location: NID
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I was just there in October and hiked the Mineral Ridge Trail just a bit to the south east of CdA. Take I90 east, highway 97 to the south and the trail head is off to the left (as you travel south) in Beauty Bay. It's a beautiful little hike close to town.

There are more trails even closer to town on Canfield Mountain but we didn't get a chance to try those, we'll have plenty of time when we move up there though.
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Old 01-24-2014, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Post Falls, ID
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Dude the drive from portland is AMAZING.. insane scenery

There is a hiking trail in Liberty Lake WA just over the state line, Qmelin Park in Post Falls, as Para said Mineral Ridge in CDA by wolfs lodge. There is a forestry service office right in CDA off Kathleen St I think. You can go in there and they'll give you maps and brochures of all the cool stuff to see and do... they have maps of all the scenic byways, eagle watching, hiking, offroading... all of it

There are a ton of other trails but a lot of the forest roads are ice right now so I haven't been able to check them out yet
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Old 02-02-2014, 01:56 AM
 
Location: Coeur d'Aene Idaho
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My wife and I are heading out to Cda in April and wanted to enjoy the outdoors a little. I'm not terribly familiar with the area and was hoping some locals would know of a fun hiking spot or two? We are flying into Portland and driving east. Would it be better to find something to do in Oregon or Washington? Totally open to any suggestions. Thanks for the help.
I have to agree with Para - Mineral Ridge is one of my favorite hikes. I like Tubbs Hill if you want to be right in town with some spectacular view. If you come in April you'll see all our wildflowers in bloom like Arrowleaf Balsamroot / Fairy Slippers/ Fairy Bells/ Yellow Bell/ Dogtooth Violets/ Wild Hyacinth and so many more.


You can also enjoy Farragut State Park, about 20 north of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. Farragut is located at the south end of Lake Pend Oreille, another huge lake. I would also check out Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes and Hiawatha bike paths in North Idaho
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Old 02-02-2014, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Del Rio, TN
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My wife and I are heading out to Cda in April and wanted to enjoy the outdoors a little. I'm not terribly familiar with the area and was hoping some locals would know of a fun hiking spot or two? We are flying into Portland and driving east. Would it be better to find something to do in Oregon or Washington? Totally open to any suggestions. Thanks for the help.
How far to you want to hike and how much "adventure" are you looking for? Mineral Ridge is a nice little 1-2 hour hike IIRC (short anyway, nice afternoon hike). It does have some really nice views of the lake and is very accessible. If you want to go further or see more remote areas, there are plenty of places to go. A real pretty trip with a hike is up the CDA river to Pritchard, head east to Thomson Pass, then park and hike in to Rivette Lake. It's a pretty alpine lake, IIRC, 1-2 miles each way. There are a number of day hikes (or overnighters if you want to backpack) up around Scotchman Peak (Clark Fork Area), as well as all kinds of trails on Forest Service land.

Do you mind driving some miles of gravel roads to get to the hiking trails? Most on Forest Service land require some gravel roads. I'm more familiar with the ATV and dirt bike trails than hiking trails though. Most of the "hiking" I've done is during hunting season...and not on trails.
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