Unchained Trail - Enchanted Forest, ID • Hike
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Unchained Trail - Enchanted Forest, ID

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 2.15 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,083 feet
Elevation Gain 876 feet
Accumulated Gain 903 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.50 hrs
Kokopelli Seeds 5.16
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Enchanted Forest loop
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Age 42 Female Gender
Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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a pleasant hike
by LindaAnn

Overview: Unchained Trail is part of the Enchanted Forest network for mountain biking and hiking, on the northwestern edge of the Cabinet Mountains. Numerous loop options are available.

Hike: Unchained Trail starts from the parking area off Hoot Owl Rd. At the information board (take a picture of the trail map for reference on the hike), take the trail on the right side of the board, heading southeast. The first part of the trail is mostly flat as it heads into the trees. In about a tenth of a mile, there is a signed fork in the trail. Take the right fork to stay on Unchained Trail.

After the fork, the trail begins to head noticeably uphill through a series of several switchbacks over the next half mile. After the trail straightens out a bit, you should be able to hear Dobson Creek far below you to your left. While the trail mostly parallels the creek all the way up, it is generally high above the creek and you only get a few glimpses of it.

As you wind your way uphill, you'll catch some glimpses of the valley below and the Selkirk Mountains to the west, and some of the Cabinet Mountains to your south. The climb is steady, but never really steep, and the trail surface is very good, making for pleasant hiking through the trees.

The end of the trail is somewhat vague. There is no sign at the junction with East Boundary Trail, and Unchained seems to just blend into East Boundary. The posted track does mark a waypoint very closely where Unchained seems to end. Future expansion plans of the Enchanted Forest network will likely result in a more defined junction between the two trails. Either retrace your steps back down or continue on East Boundary to create a loop with one of the other trails in the network.

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2022-06-08 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.

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    Paved - Car Okay

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    The road is paved nearly all the way to the trailhead. The final 0.30 miles is a well-graded dirt road, suitable for all vehicles.

    From Sandpoint, take Hwy 2/95 north for approx 26 miles to Kootenai Trail Rd. Turn right (east) on Kootenai Trail Rd and follow it for 3.70 mi to Parker Canyon Rd. Turn left on Parker Canyon Rd and follow it 4.20 mi to Hoot Owl Rd. Pay attention to road signs, as Parker Canyon does have some odd turns required to stay on the correct road. Turn right at Hoot Owl Rd and follow it 0.30 miles to the trailhead on the right. Observe the posted speed limit on Hoot Owl, and do not park on private property.

    The trailhead has room for about 6-8 vehicles.
    page created by LindaAnn on Jun 08 2022 4:47 pm

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