Mineral Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Kootenai County, Idaho. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 2,298 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,596 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
Mineral Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"From humble beginnings at a picnic area on Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Beauty Bay, a gentle ribbon of trail snakes its way up an arm of the mountain known as Mineral Ridge. This 3.3-mile trail, managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, is one of the prettiest easy hikes in the Inland Northwest, suitable for a wide spectrum of hiking abilities. Hikers who are purely after exercise could put the trail away in less than 2 hours. To reach the trailhead, drive 15 minutes east from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Interstate 90 and turn off at Wolf Lodge Exit 22."
--Rich Landers & Spokane Mountaineers, 100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest (The Mountaineers Books).
"Besides being an excellent hike with great views, the Mineral Ridge Trail is both a history and natural history lesson. In the direction described below, the upgrades are very moderate. Benches along the way make pleasant rest stops, if you are so inclined.
If possible, don’t leave valuables in your car at this trailhead. If you must leave them, at least hide them or lock them in your trunk, and be sure to lock your car. Climb the barrier- free walk from the parking area to the reader board. Take the time to read about the area, and pick up a Mineral Ridge Trail Guide booklet."
--Fred Barstad, Best Easy Day Hikes: Spokane-Coeur d'Alene-2nd Edition (Falcon Guides).
"The Mineral Ridge Trail System makes for a very pleasant hike with great views. There is also mining history to be learned about, as well as natural history. The hike climbs to the ridgeline of Mineral Ridge, then a side trip takes you up the ridgeline to more views and the out-of-the-way Lost Man Trailhead.
After returning from the Lost Man Trailhead, you continue down Mineral Ridge and complete the loop before returning to the Mineral Ridge Trailhead. The upgrades on the Mineral Ridge Trail System are generally moderate, and several benches along the way make pleasant rest stops, if you are so inclined."
--Fred Barstad, Best Hikes: Spokane - 2nd Edition (Falcon Guides).
"About ten miles SE of Coeur d'Alene, overlooking Beauty Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene. The first 1.5 miles are part of a designated scenic nature and mining history trail created by the Bureau of Land Management (the Mineral Ridge Trail), complete with a detailed guide and educational program. The descent is a mostly shaded, non-technical forest road with a few rough spots towards the bottom.
There's also an option to follow Forest Road 1575 up to the left briefly, then take the middle track at a three-way split, which leads to the top of Elk Mountain itself, a thousand-foot vertical climb. The trail has 1.8 miles singletrack, 3.8 miles forest road, and 0.6 miles pavement."
--Martin Potucek, Mountain Biking Spokane & Coeur d'Alene (Falcon Guides).
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