ATV Trails in North Idaho

ATV Trails in North Idaho
Many ATV trails in North Idaho make excellent hiking and mountain biking trails, too. Some of them are old logging roads that take you past scenic abandoned mines and logging camps. The mountainous northern area of Idaho is called the Panhandle, and there are numerous trails set aside by the U.S. Forest Service that can handle ATV and foot traffic. The best time to hit these trails is in early fall---once summer tourists have gone back home, but before the rainy and snowy weather cause winter closures.

McCroskey State Park

Twenty-six miles north of Moscow, you'll find McCroskey State Park. With 5,300 acres of heavily wooded ridgeline, it's rough going for RVs, small cars or low-riding trucks---but it's filled with 32 miles of multipurpose trails. The skyline drive gives you 18 miles of unparalleled views, with elevation ranging from 3,300 feet to 4,324 feet. Most of the trails here are single-track, but you can also find hill climbs and two-way trails. The hard-pack terrain is rocky and has the potential to get quite muddy---watch the weather and try to hit this park after a three-day dry spell. This park has no entry fee.

McCroskey State Park
1291 Chatcolet Road
Plummer, ID 83851
(208) 686-1308
parksandrecreation.idaho.gov

Lines Creek Historical Trail #246

Located north of I-90, this trail is available for hiking, biking and single-track motorized use during summer and fall (it's usually snowed in for winter). It takes you through the Idaho Panhandle National Forest as part of the Marble Creek Trail System. Lines Creek is labeled a historical trail because of the abandoned logging camp and incline railroad you'll see. Follow the bend in Lines Creek where it splits off from Country Road 758, and about three miles, you go from just under 3,600 feet of elevation up to approximately 3,925 feet. This park has no entry fee, and no permit is required for use of the forest.

Idaho Panhandle National Forest
3815 Schreiber Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
(208) 765-7223
fs.fed.us/

Windy Ridge-Horse Haven Loop Trail #802

Also in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, the Windy Ridge-Horse Haven Loop trail is a bit more challenging than the Lines Creek Trail. Listed by the Idaho Off-Highway Vehicle Public Information Project, this is a 14-mile trail that goes from Hudlow Creek to Windy Ridge. The trail takes you along Hudlow Creek, along Nicholas Creek, then up Spades Mountain to Burnt Cabin Summit. To cross the summit, you'll hop on Forest Road #1535 (approved for all motor vehicle use--be careful if you're on a bike). At the junction of Forest Road #1535 and Forest Road #206, you veer off road to the trail once more, heading south for Huckleberry Mountain until the trail dead-ends into Forest Road #612. This trail involves several steep switchbacks that discourage a lot of ATV riders (making a better trail choice for hikers and bikers). This park has no entry fee, and no permit is required for use of the forest.

Idaho Panhandle National Forest
3815 Schreiber Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
(208) 765-7223
fs.fed.us/

Article Written By Jenni Wiltz

Jenni Wiltz's fiction has been published in "The Portland Review," "Sacramento News & Review" and "The Copperfield Review." She has a bachelor's degree in English and history from the University of California, Davis and is working on a master's degree in English at Sacramento State. She has worked as a grant coordinator, senior editor and advertising copywriter and has been a professional writer since 2003.

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