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Treasure Mountain 4615, ID

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 4.97 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,733 feet
Elevation Gain 886 feet
Accumulated Gain 979 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hrs
Kokopelli Seeds 9.87
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Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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8  2021-07-09 LindaAnn
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Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Seasons   Late Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:42am - 7:59pm
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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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2021-07-09 LindaAnn
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    Medium clearance recommended for the dirt portion on FS-499 from Fernan Saddle to Treasure Saddle. A sedan could make it, but the road is rough in places and has a lot of potholes.

    From Coeur d'Alene: Take I-90 to exit 15 (Sherman/Fernan Lake Rd) on the east side of town.
    Head east on Fernan Lake Rd.
    At the forest boundary, Fernan Lake Rd turns into FS-269, which is paved. Continue east up FS-269 to Fernan Saddle, which has a large parking area.
    Turn right on FS-499 and head south approx 2.30 miles to Treasure Saddle, which has room for a few vehicles to park.
    Treasure Saddle appears to hold water and has several large depressions--don't drive into any large puddles, they are probably deeper than you think.
    page created by LindaAnn on Jul 09 2021 1:40 pm
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