Chimney Rock

Coolin, Idaho

Chimney Rock Professional Review and Guide

"Chimney Rock is the most distinctive formation on the Selkirk Crest. Visible from Priest Lake and portions of U.S. Highway 2/95 north of Sandpoint, it’s one of the few mountain features just about every hiker in the region can identify.

Bagging it has been a rite of passage for rock climbers since 1934, when a group of Seattle climbers led by Byron Ward made the first recorded ascent of the 360-foot rock column to the 7,124-foot summit."

Chimney Rock Reviews

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Awesome hike, the forest service road is a long drive up, give it at least 30-45 minutes. Some logging was going on most of the way up but no the day I went up , as it was Saturday. The last mile and a half or mile you really need a four wheel drive or 4 wheelr or motorcycle. I mad e it in my converison van but really risked damage to the underside. I was lucky. At the top there is a nice cleared out area to park and / or camp. The trail is great, beautiful views nearly the whole way up the mountain. . Saw a little snow on a distant peak. Lake view is beautiful from there. Cool , might need sweatshirt at that time of year, in low 60's and breezy at top. Might feel good though once you are done.
I have been on this trail several times from the PackRiver side. The trail is gently sloping until the top where it winds on steeper granite terrain. The views...well worth every bit of the 11 miles. I would personally not recommend little kids but have taken several fit 50's-60's on this trail and they loved it! If you go in the fall, bring a container for some hidden berry patches too! There is not water up the trail, so be sure to pack enough you will need for an overnight or for the day round trip. Yes, will do this trail again!
excellent trail in great shape, I wish there were more trails up there.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
3 to 6 hours or overnight
July through early October
6,075 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,970 feet
Top Elevation
Idaho Panhandle National Forests, Priest Lake and Sandpoint Districts and Idaho Department of Lands
Local Contacts
USGS Mt. Roothaan
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jun 2018