A great singletrack experience just outside of Coeur d'Alene. The trails are quiet and flow through some great forests. The tree cover is very thick so there are only a couple of views spots. Make sure to stop at the view spots to take everything in. Watch out for moose in the area.
This is a lollipop loop trail. The loop portion uses an old road that does not see a ton of traffic. It is advised to use the mobile app to ensure you make the right turn at the bottom. The mobile app is also helpful in finding the trail for the descent.
From the parking area you'll climb up the pavement to Trail 257
on the right. From here the climb begins steeply and eventually levels out. Settle in for the climb and stay right at the first trail junction. Once at the top you'll hit an old road. Take a left on this road and then descend a little ways and take another left. This road will take you to the turn for Trail 257C
, but is not marked well and the entrance is pretty brushed in. Descend down Trail 257C
to the bottom. This a great descent and is nice and tight and flowy. Since this trail is a little more primitive, the tread is very narrow and will keep you on your toes. Once at the bottom, you'll cross a creek and then come to a trail junction.
From here, you'll enter an old logging road that starts out very overgrown. The road then breaks out onto another road that gets more traffic the higher you climb. The only turn on the old road is a right that takes you back to the saddle near Trail 257
. From the saddle it is a short climb up to Trail 257
. Now you'll descend the more popular trail that gets shuttled. Short of a few roots and a small stream crossing, this trail is free of obstacles until you take your final right on an open section of the ridge. Beyond here the trail gets narrow and off-camber. There is also a brief, but challenging, rock segment before you reach the end.
culminates in a double creek crossing. The first is usually rideable, the second may not be. There is a log crossing that will keep you on your toes, but should have you back to your car safe and dry.