Mary Minerva McCroskey Country Trail

Coeur d'Alene, Washington

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One of Idaho’s least known state parks, 5000-acre-plus McCroskey is also one of the Gem State’s largest parks. A gift to the state in 1955 from Virgil Talmage McCroskey, as a tribute to his mother and all pioneer women of the Northwest, McCroskey State Park has changed little in fifty years. The park occupies a long ridge that ranges in elevation from 3000 to 4200 feet. It marks the transition zone between the grasslands of the Palouse and the rich forests of the Panhandle Mountain ranges. Open ponderosa forests flank the park’s western reaches, while damp stands of cedar and grand fir blanket the park’s eastern lands. Seven different ecological zones can be found in McCroskey, supporting a diverse array of wildlife including moose, coyote, elk, and black bear.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest

by Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer (The Mountaineers Books)

One of Idaho’s least known state parks, 5000-acre-plus McCroskey is also one of the Gem State’s largest parks. A gift to the state in 1955 from Virgil Talmage McCroskey, as a tribute to his mother and all pioneer women of the Northwest, McCroskey State Park has changed little in fifty years.

The park occupies a long ridge that ranges in elevation from 3000 to 4200 feet. It marks the transition zone between the grasslands of the Palouse and the rich forests of the Panhandle Mountain ranges. Open ponderosa forests flank the park’s western reaches, while damp stands of cedar and grand fir blanket the park’s eastern lands. Seven different ecological zones can be found in McCroskey, supporting a diverse array of wildlife including moose, coyote, elk, and black bear.

©  Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Coeur d'Alene
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best May to October
Trailhead Elevation: 3,700 feet
Top Elevation: 4,128 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Idaho State Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: USGS 7.5 Mission Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Mary Minerva McCroskey Country Trail

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