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Quick hike in Coeur d'Alene
The Tubbs Hill Nature Park is within the city limits of Coeur d'Alene, and occupies a small peninsula that juts out into Lake Coeur d'Alene. There is a loop trail that follows the entire perimeter of the peninsula and another trail that connects two portions of the loop via the top of Tubbs Hill.
The loop trail around the perimeter of the peninsula is basically flat and very popular with Coeur d'Alene residents and visitors to the large Coeur d'Alene resort which is on the west side of the trailhead parking lot. The loop trail is popular with both joggers and people just out for a stroll. This is a popular spot for bird watchers, and bald eagles are frequently seen in the winter. There are outstanding views of Lake Coeur d'Alene in addition to a nice northern Idaho example of Columbian forest. Wildflowers are abundant.
The trail that goes over the summit starts very close to the trailhead only a few yards in the counterclockwise direction. Both portions of this trail are fairly steep, but it is only a short distance to the summit. Think of the loop trail as a clock with the trailhead sitting at 11 o'clock. The summit trail starts here and re-connects with the loop trail at roughly 4 o'clock.
There are numerous spur trails on the way to the summit, but just stay on the obviously most-used portion and you'll be fine. There aren't really any notarle views from the summit, but the lakeside loop more than makes up for it.
Be aware that the noxious invasive knapweed plant is in the area, and you most certainly don't want to touch it.
The loop totals about 3 miles and the summit trail about 1.5 miles.
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