Chilco Mountains

Silverwood, Idaho 83864

Chilco Mountains

Chilco Mountains Professional Review and Guide

"From the summit of Chilco Mountain, you can see Lake Pend Oreille and Lake Coeur d’Alene, mountain waters that are as beautiful as they are big. The hike is an alpine escape for people visiting one of the Idaho lakes. Although motorized use is increasing, few people hike this route to one of the most often seen but still largely unrecognized peaks in the area.

The maintained trail climbs and switchbacks through timber for 1.8 miles until it reaches the ridge running north from Chilco Mountain, one of the highest peaks in the area at elev. 5,635 feet. Here the trail splits. Go left 0.2 mile to the summit of Chilco Mountain, site of a dismantled fire lookout. Enjoy, then backtrack and take the other trail fork and switchback down and across the west face of the mountain."

Chilco Mountains Reviews

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Still way too much snow! I couldn't even drive to the trailhead there was so much snow on FR 332. I parked about 2 miles past the Bunco Parking lot and walked through the snow to the trailhead. FR 332 is beautiful and it would be really fun to park at the Bunco Parking lot (where the paved Bunco Road turns in to the dirt FR 332) and ride a mountain bike to the trailhead. Once you get on the dirt road be sure to stay right at the fork.
I have done this hike 4-5 times. My GF and 2 boys (13 & 16) did this trail yesterday as a training hike with full packs. It was challenging but a great hike.
This trip is well worth the view at the top. Switchbacks take you up 1400 ft in a short distance - be ready. Very well marked trail, easy to follow.
I live nearby and have done this trail several times. The trail to the top of North Chilco is steep, but does level off about a quarter mile from the summit. Once on the summit, you're in for some good views of the surrounding area. NOTE: Tracy made the point that the trailhead is hard to reach. Be aware that Bunco road continues left at a T about 2 miles after turning off HW 95. There is a sign at the turn indicating that you need to go left to reach the national forest. If you miss this turn, you end up on Nunn road, which dead-ends about 3 miles past the turn.
trail was slightly difficult to get to. Bunco road actually takes a turn and the directions did not depict. Once the trail was found it was a pretty difficult climb up. There was never a plateau, it was hills the whole way. Scenery however was beautiful. It was beginning of June and there was still alot of snow on the ground.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 to 5 hours
Mid-May to early November
4,180 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,661 feet
Top Elevation
Idaho Panhandle National Forests, Coeur d'Alene River District, Fernan Office
Local Contacts
USGS Bayview, Spades Mountain
Local Maps

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Jul 2018