Bonner County

Location: East of Coeur d’Alene
Distance: 3.3 Miles
Rating: Moderate

The Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail is a backcountry hiking area overlooking Coeur d’Alene Lake to the east of Coeur d’Alene. The hike itself is considered moderate and affords enthusiasts sweeping views of the lake and Beauty Bay. Bring your binoculars for eagle watching in January-February. Every year, a population of approximately 150 bald eagles returns to Wolf Lodge Bay to feed on spawning Kokanee salmon. The Mineral Ridge Loop is 3.3 miles long and is open to hikers and mountain bikes. Most trail-goers hike the loop in roughly two hours. The trail is open from March through November. For more information, visit

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