Hike Mineral Ridge

Idaho Mineral Ridge Trail

Added by Rose Freeman

  • Distance: 3.3 mile loop
  • Elevation gain: 1,000 feet
  • Inland Northwest pine forest trail
  • Features a high viewpoint over Lake Coeur d'Alene
  • Wildflowers in the summer & golden larches in the fall!

Wander through a classic Inland Northwest pine tree forest as you climb up to Mineral Ridge. At the top, explore historical Caribou Cabin and take the spur trail to the left to an abandoned mine. There is a lot of history scattered on this short loop hike! Continue past the cabin and take in views of Lake Coeur d'Alene before climbing down and completing the loop. Explorers of all ages will love this hike!

This hike features the beauty of every season! In the spring and summer, enjoy a bounty of wildflowers. Golden larches above grace the trail with stunning fall color. When snow arrives, pack your snowshoes for a trek through a winter wonderland!

Pack List

  • Ten Essentials
  • Day pack
  • Hiking boots
  • Winter: snowshoes & winter attire
  • Trekking poles
  • Extra clothing layers (waterproof shell, fleece)
  • Coffee & percolator
  • Headlamp
  • First aid
  • Camera!
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Fitness, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Photography

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



3.3 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1000 Feet



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby

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25 days ago

Nice easy hike

Nice easy hike. Definitely doable for all ages and levels. Nice views!

25 days ago

about 1 month ago

Great afternoon hike with the family!

Took our three kids (11, 9, 6) for an afternoon hike up to the ridge. Loved the mine and the views out over the lake on the way back down were incredible!

about 1 month ago

5 months ago

Easy Quick Trip

Doesn't take a long time to reach the top. There are many other trails that go further onto the hill from the picnic table at the top, however. View was decent for the easy hike.

5 months ago

9 months ago

Perfect Day Hike!

If you're looking for a quick outdoors fix this is a perfect day hike that only takes a few hours and has a lovely view of beauty bay.

9 months ago

10 months ago

View Doesn't Dissappoint

This is a great short hike close to Coeur d'Alene. You can take a longer loop around to get more miles in, but otherwise, this is a great hike to spend a few hours in the woods with great views of the lake.

10 months ago

over 1 year ago

VERY popular but the one view is lovely!

over 1 year ago

Added by Rose Freeman

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