Mineral Ridge Trail

Kootenai County, Idaho

Distance2.1mi
Elevation Gain1,596ft
Trailhead Elevation2,298ft
Top2,813ft
Elevation Min/Max2161/2813ft
Elevation Start/End2298/2298ft

Mineral Ridge Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Abandoned Prospect Spur Trail and Wilson Trail.

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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

Mineral Ridge Trail Reviews

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7/6/2018
This is a really great family hike. The views of Coeur d'Alene are wonderful. It is conveniently close to town and not really difficult, just a gradual, moderate climb with a few challenges. The birdlife is abundant and we were thrilled to see cedar waxwings.
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5/7/2018
It was tough! So worth it!
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4/16/2010
it was a great trail very populated on main trail if you take the spur trail called m.m&m it takes you to the top less crowded that is a 1mile spur trail that takes you to 3,200feet n elevation great views of lake cda
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11/28/2009
This is a great trail for a few hours of just hanging out, it is great for beginners etc...I am an advid hiker and this is a mild/moderate..there is a gain but it is gentle and a lot of places to rest. For locals this is a great trail for a run as it is a great cardio burn to the top and a nice burn on quads on the way down but the reward for the gain! Highly recommend this trail, and YES we did see an eagle. Kids will also LOVE the interactive workbook at the beginning of the trail. If you live in the area and have not done this loop...shame :) I give it a 5 star because of the groomed trail and family friendly.
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10/19/2009
Short but sweet. The side trip towards lost man is a must for the view. You'll know when to turn back when you see it.
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6/1/2009
Great to go with a youngster. Nice views on top, lots of places to stop and sit on the way up.
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10/4/2008
Beautiful trail! The views were great and the trails were the perfect length. Everything would have been perfect if we hadn't been caught in a lighting storm near the end of our hike!
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7/5/2008
I thought that this loop was a great afternoon hike for my family. I have three children under the age of five and they were able to make the whole loop with some encouragement. The trial is well maintained and has great veiws of Wolf Bay and a wonder veiw of Lake CourdAlene. THe trail handbook was a great addition to our hike. We were able to spend some ime talking to our children about bugs and dirt and the like. They enjoyed it as did my wife and I. Great family hike. Bring Water though the fountain at the to is out of order.
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5/6/2007
Nice trail for a quick hike close to the city. Well maintained, nice views of Lake Coeur d'Alene.
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Trail Information

Kootenai County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Views
Features
U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Coeur d’Alene Field Office, 3815 Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815; (208) 769-5000
Local Contacts
BLM Mineral Ridge Trail Guide
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018