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Mineral Point Trail #82, ID

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.06 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,554 feet
Elevation Gain -410 feet
Accumulated Gain 213 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.77
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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13  2021-07-05 LindaAnn
10  2020-07-28 Stoic
Author LindaAnn
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Trips 1,345 map ( 9,698 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  5:21am - 8:22pm
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Lake Views
by LindaAnn

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Overview: Easy, popular trail overlooking Lake Pend Oreille, with opportunities for swimming in the lake at the west end of the trail.

Hike: This trail can be hiked in either direction since there is a parking area at either end. If you want to stay on the paved road, start at the west end at Green Bay Campground. If you don't mind driving a couple of miles of dirt road, begin at the Mineral Point trailhead at the east end. This guide is described from east to west.

Starting from the Mineral Point Trailhead, the trail begins at the south end of the lot, on the right side of the restroom, and is signed. Head south on the trail, and you will almost immediately come upon a picnic area with several tables on your left. This spot has some nice views of the lake, but the better views are still ahead of you.

After passing the picnic area, the trail heads downhill, passing a couple more viewpoints. One viewpoint has a plaque honoring a Forest Service Officer who died in the line of duty in 1989. After that spot, the trail heads west, winding back and forth between trees and nice views of the lake. There are some ups and downs, but the trail generally trends downhill. Plenty of shade is provided by what I believe are Western Hemlock trees. A few other trails, both official and social trails, intersect the main trail, but most are signed to keep you on the right track.

There is a rock outcropping next to the trail with great lake views at around one mile. After this viewpoint, the trail drops more noticeable towards the western end of the trail. As you head downhill, Green Bay is visible below you, and there is a bench or two along the trail.

At the western end of the trail, you are at the Green Bay Campground. Several trails lead down to the lake. Following one of these trails down is well worth the little bit of extra walking. The beach is not sand but is water smoothed rock, and the water is nice and clear. There are logs to sit on at water's edge and enjoy the water and view.

The return back to your starting point has more uphill climbing, but it is never steep. Round trip accumulated elevation gain is around 800'.

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2021-07-05 LindaAnn

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Coeur d'Alene: Take Hwy 95 north to the town of Sagle. Turn right on Sagle Rd and head east about 7 miles to Garfield Bay Rd.
    Stay right on Garfield Bay Rd and take to Garfield Cutoff Rd.
    Left on Garfield Cutoff Rd (there is a sign here for Mineral Point)
    Take Garfield Cutoff to FS-532 (not signed from what I could tell) and turn Right.
    Take FS-532 to Green Bay Rd and turn left on Green Bay Rd. Follow signs to Mineral Point TH or Green Bay Campground, depending on which trailhead you want to start from.

    Either trailhead can be reached by entering "Mineral Point Trail" or "Green Bay Campground" on google maps.
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