Cape Horn - Three Sisters

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83815

Cape Horn - Three Sisters

Cape Horn - Three Sisters Professional Review and Guide

"This trail is one leg of an epic ride that follows an undulating spine between Blacktail Mountain to the north and Cape Horn Peak to the south. The spine itself, a part of the Selkirk Mountains, towers 2,500 feet over Lake Pend Oreille, and provides numerous vistas of the lake just east and the Purcell Trench just west.

This ride may be integrated with sections of the Cocolalla-Butler Creek Loop and Careywood Road for a full-day, 40-mile loop. The trail has 0.4 miles pavement, 9.9 miles forest road, and 3.4 miles singletrack."

Cape Horn - Three Sisters Reviews

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I didn't like this one. I took Dean W's advice and skipped the first two miles up the road. I parked at the sewage treatment area and biked up. The road was ok, but the single track was extremely rocky. I kept thinking there would be "the reward" at the top - you know, the nice smooth rolling single track. It never materialized to any great extent. It was either rocky or really steep. Good workout but Canfield Mt is a better choice, even with the crowds.
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This one is worth skipping the first 2 miles or so, find a spot to park on the side of the road and save your energy for the fun part, the single track. Strenuous is the word here, but the veiws are worth it. Especially of Lake Pend O'Riele(sp). Good tech. practice. Blast coming back down double track at high speed, (watch for cars). Logging roads criss-cross, sometimes making trail tough to spot, particularly on the way back up the single track. Fun, worth the effort, and you might earn a war wound or two.

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Trail Information

Coeur d'Alene
Nearby City
2,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
4 hours
2,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,000 feet
Top Elevation
Idaho Panhandle National Forest 208-769-3038
Local Contacts
USGS Cocolalla, Bayview; Idaho Panhandle National Forest Travel Map
Local Maps

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Oct 2018