Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding areas offer miles of scenic hiking trails. The trails listed below are all very close the McFarland Inn Bed and Breakfast. We have more information if you want to research other areas within a day’s drive. Besides the trails listed here, two of the cycling trails (listed in another section under Things to Do) are also hiking trails – The Centennial Trail and The Trail of The Coeur d’Alenes.
Tubbs Hill is the “gem” of Coeur d’Alene. It is 135 acres of publicly owned land. The hill is largely undeveloped and only a few man-made elements are found on what is essentially an urban wilderness area, accessible only by foot. It features outstanding viewpoints, woodland habitats and historical focal points. The self-guided walk follows a 2 ½ mile loop, beginning and ending at the south end of the parking lot between McEuen Park and the Coeur d’Alene Resort. The entrance to Tubbs Hill is only a short walk from The McFarland Inn. Guests love to get up early for a morning walk or stroll along the path at sunset. http://www.tubbshill.org
Mineral Ridge Trail was the first recreation site developed by the Bureau of Land Management in Idaho. In 1982, the trail was designated as a National Recreation Trail. It is a 3.3-mile path that is an outdoor classroom in the forest. There are 22 stations numbered along the trail identifying features found naturally at Mineral Ridge. The trail climbs 735 feet to an elevation of 2,875 feet for a spectacular view of Lake Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding mountains. The trail begins at Beauty Bay and is accessed off Highway 97. This is approximately a 20 minute drive from The McFarland Inn.
Cougar Bay Preserve – The Nature Conservancy is just minutes from downtown Coeur d’ Alene. Visitors walking the trails of the 88-acre Cougar Bay Preserve will discover a virtual wildlife nursery on the northwest shore of one of Idaho’s most beautiful mountain lakes. Bordered by towering coniferous forests and lush meadows, attracts migrating and nesting waterfowl, numerous shorebirds, songbirds, moose, beaver, otter and deer. The Conservancy is protecting this sensitive lakefront area from development while offering recreational and educational opportunities for the community. Cougar Bay includes 5+ miles of interpretive hiking trails, an information kiosk and a restroom.
Q’emiln Trail in Post Falls is home to marmots, osprey and other wildlife. The set of 14 trails starts at South City Park (approximately a 15 minute drive from The McFarland Inn) and winds through four miles of the Spokane River gorge. A map at the trail head marks the route.