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Caribou Ridge #79, ID

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 5.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,148 feet
Elevation Gain 2,289 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,495 feet
Avg Time One Way 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 14.01
Interest Peak
Backpack Yes
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13  2021-07-04 LindaAnn
Author LindaAnn
author avatar Guides 60
Routes 401
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Trips 1,346 map ( 9,703 miles )
Age 41 Female Gender
Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → 7 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:28am - 8:17pm
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No caribou in the vicinity
by LindaAnn

Likely In-Season!
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Overview: Hike from Beauty Creek to the summit of Mt Coeur d'Alene. Despite the proximity to a large population center, this trail provides plenty of solitude.

Hike: The trail heads out from the west end of the Beauty Creek Campground and is signed. You will immediately cross Beauty Creek and head uphill. The trail starts as a series of very long switchbacks, and it initially climbs steeply uphill. Footing is generally good, but there are some narrow spots with slanting rocks on a steep hillside. It's not too difficult heading uphill, but if you come back downhill the same way, you will want to pay attention to your foot placement.

As you head uphill, views of Beauty Bay and Lake Coeur d'Alene are visible through the trees. Snap some pictures because this is all you will see of the lake on this hike. After a couple of miles, the switchbacks end, and the trail levels off somewhat. Walking through the dense vegetation is incredible, and the trail is manicured enough to be free of any obstacles. Shorts are fine on a warm summer day, nothing has thorns, and the shade is pretty much a constant on this hike. During the summer, nearly the entire trail is lined with a variety of wildflowers.

After a while, you will reach another series of shorter switchbacks as you quickly climb 500' to gain Caribou Ridge. At the top of the switchbacks, another trail joins in from the left--pay attention to this junction, so you head in the right direction when heading back downhill. After the junction, the trail somewhat levels off again as you continue to head up towards the summit of Mt Coeur d'Alene, which is ahead of you but mostly hidden in the trees.

Eventually, you will reach a forest road and a small picnic area. Cross the road, and the trail continues on the other side and is marked. You're getting pretty close to the summit now, so don't give up yet. The trail will head west, getting a little steeper again, then will turn to the southeast for the final stretch to the summit. Shortly before the top, yet another trail joins in from the right but continue heading straight and uphill.

Just shy of the summit, the trail reaches an old forest road. There will be a large campsite to your right but continue up the road a short distance to the summit. There used to be a lookout tower up top, but that seems to be long gone. There is a metal structure (cabin?) at the end of the road, but I wouldn't step inside it. Unfortunately, there are no views due to the dense trees, but there are some concrete blocks on both sides of the road to sit on and relax before heading back down.

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2021-07-04 LindaAnn

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Coeur d'Alene, head east on I-90 to Exit 22, Hwy 97.
    Take Hwy 97 south to Beauty Creek Rd, which is across from a small marina.
    Turn left on Beauty Creek Rd (gravel, but suitable for all vehicles) and head east a short distance to Beauty Creek Campground.
    Turn right into the campground and immediately park in the spaces available for the trailhead.
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