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Gold Hill 4042 - ID Panhandle NF, ID

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance One Way 0.49 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,763 feet
Elevation Gain 267 feet
Accumulated Gain 267 feet
Avg Time One Way 30 min
Kokopelli Seeds 1.38
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15  2022-06-06
Gold Hill Trail #3 - ID Panhandle NF
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Age 42 Female Gender
Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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by LindaAnn

Overview: Short hike up to the summit of Gold Hill utilizing dirt bike paths.

Hike: While there is no official trail up to the summit of Gold Hill, several dirt bike paths make for a fairly easy hike to the top. The route posted is just one of the options, and there is another path that starts a little farther to the east, at the end of the road, which would have almost the same distance and gain.

Starting from near the upper end of FS-2642, locate one of the paths leading from the summit. The path described here heads south from the road. It is narrow but distinct. After a short distance, the path splits, and taking the right fork is more direct as it heads steeply uphill. There is some vegetation to easily push through before the path connects to another wider path and turns to the right.

Continue following this path uphill as it winds west, then south again. As the path approaches the summit, the trees give way, and the summit has open views in nearly all directions. There is a large cairn at the highpoint. The views to the northeast of Lake Pend Oreille and the Cabinet Mountains are particularly impressive. After enjoying the expansive views, make your way back downhill to your starting point.

Note: Rather than driving the forest road up, this hike can also be combined with Gold Hill Trail #3 for a roughly 8.50-mile roundtrip hike.

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2022-06-06 LindaAnn

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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.

    Permit $$

    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From Sandpoint, take US-95 south approx 6 miles to Sagle Rd. Turn left on Sagle and follow it approx 6 miles to Contest Mtn Rd/FS-2642, which is located on a hairpin turn. Turn left on Contest Mtn/FS-2642 and follow it a little over 6 miles up to the end of the road. The road is graded and probably suitable for most vehicles when dry.

    There are various places along the top of the road wide enough for a vehicle to park.
    page created by LindaAnn on Jun 06 2022 7:47 pm

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