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North and South Chilco Peaks, ID
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North and South Chilco Peaks, ID 
North and South Chilco Peaks, ID
 
Hiking avatar Jun 27 2020
LindaAnn
Hiking10.21 Miles 2,853 AEG
Hiking10.21 Miles   6 Hrs   44 Mns   1.62 mph
2,853 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
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Arrived at the trailhead around 0845. There were 3 or 4 other cars there, but all parking is along the side of the road anywhere in the vicinity, so it was easy to park. Cool and breezy, with some clouds. The trail immediately started heading uphill, so we warmed up quickly. Tons of trees, flowers, and green. The trail was in good condition and easy to follow. At the fork, we headed left off the main trail to go to North Chilco first. The final section to North Chilco was my favorite part of the day. The trail headed up to the summit though a talus field, and all the trees disappeared, allowing for great views. It was windy at the summit, so we wandered around a little, but didn’t stay very long. A small trail drops off the south side of the summit, steeply though the talus, then heads back over to the main trail, where it dropped down to Chilco Saddle. After the saddle, the trail climbs back up again to South Chilco. From the trailhead to North, we encountered only about 5 downed trees on the trail, but on the way up to South, we encountered another 15-20. About halfway up, I could hear chainsaws below us, and commented to the kids that there might be a crew behind us. The summit of South Chilco is nothing exciting, but there was still some snow, and we ate lunch in a small clearing. No views due to all the trees.

On the way back down, we encountered a crew on horseback who were indeed clearing the trail. Not having to deal with any deadfall on the way back was quite nice. We took another break at the saddle, then followed the main trail all tge way back, skipping the North Chilco detour we took earlier. The last climb up from the saddle was tiring for the kids, but once we were past that, it was smooth sailing back to the trailhead.
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