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Overview: Easy hike up a forest road to the summit of Treasure Mountain.
Hike: From Treasure Saddle, head north on Forest Road 2339. The road did not appear to be signed but heads uphill to the north and is the more defined of the two forest roads on the north side of the saddle. The "trail" simply follows the road uphill. The climb is never steep and is well shaded most of the way, allowing for a pleasant walk through the trees.
The road appears to get some quad and dirt bike use, but probably not a whole lot beyond that. Nobody was seen on a weekday morning with perfect weather. As your make your way uphill, there are some good views of Lake Coeur d'Alene and the city of Coeur d'Alene to the southwest and west. While numerous old roads spiderweb the hillside, the main road is quite obvious, with one exception. The road splits at about a mile in, and both look to be well-used; take the sharp right turn and continue uphill. A few fire rings along the way indicate either backpacking or car camping on some of the little side roads.
The road initially winds its way up the western slope of Treasure Mountain, but nearing the summit, the road heads east across the north side, then corkscrews up to the summit, approaching again from the west. The summit has limited views, mostly to the east and southeast. No treasure to be found. The hike back downhill goes by quickly, and the gentle descent is easy on the knees.
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