Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mineral Ridge Trail

Mineral Ridge is a 3 miles stroll over the hill and through the wood.  It is designed as a self guided historical trek around an old surface mining operation run by individual prospectors  instead of a big mine company.  

The trail is more of a dirt highway then the usual hiking trail and is designed to be a one way hike, meaning you are told which direction to go up the trail, as it makes a loop.  At the top is a nice covered seat and drinking water.  The trail then proceeds along the top of the ridge until it reaches the western edge which provides a wonderful view of Lake Coeur D'Alene.  This trail is a good hike for families with small children.

To get to the trail head east from Coeur D'Alene, ID to Beauty bay, take the Wolf Lodge exit and drive along the shore of the lake.  The road will travel around the corner of Mineral Ridge.  The parking lot is just around the corner of the hill.  

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