glimpses of the valley below
From the parking area, head northwest up Huckleberry Mountain Rd. The road is gated but is open to OHV traffic, so weekdays are better for this hike, as it seems to be a popular area. The road will head west, then north as it climbs gently uphill. You can see views of Couer d'Alene below you to the west.
At approx 1 mile, there will be a fiberglass mile marker sign (1) on the left side of the road, and a small trail turning left. Take this trail west, then north as it climbs up the south side of Peak 4872. Continue on this OHV trail for about a third of a mile until you reach an obvious clearing on your left. From here, the OHV trail veers right, but at the north end of the clearing, a faint game/use trail continues north and uphill. Follow this trail uphill as best you can, eventually turning west and up to the summit. It's generally easy off-trail with a few downed trees to climb over, and none of the vegetation seems to have thorns. As you reach the summit, there are some rocks and what looks to be an old fire ring. Views are limited due to the trees. A little walking around gets you glimpses of the valley below.
It's somewhat easier to follow the faint trail back down, and knowing that the road is below you to the east helps too. Once you reach the OHV trail and road, the rest of the hike back to the trailhead is easy.
Check out the Official Route and Triplog.
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