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Caribou Ridge

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene
47.6077, -116.6690 Map & Directions
Length
4.6 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
2200 feet
Highest Point
4400 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
Lake views from the Caribou Ridge Trail. Photo by Adorno. Full-size image

This hike sits just over the Idaho border near the town of Coeur d’Alene. Although it’s in Idaho, the trailhead can be reached in under an hour from downtown Spokane. Continue reading

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Hiking Caribou Ridge

This hike sits just over the Idaho border near the town of Coeur d’Alene. Although it’s in Idaho, the trailhead can be reached in under an hour from downtown Spokane.

Start out from the Beauty Creek Campground and start climbing quickly with the aid of a few switchbacks. After a short traverse, some more switchbacks take you onto the ridge at about the 3-mile mark. From here the trail continues at a more gradual grade for another 2.1 miles to the Mount Coeur d’Alene summit.

The entirety of the hike is forested, with some sneak peek views of Lake Coeur d’Alene along the way. At the summit the views are their best. This is the end of the Caribou Ridge Trail, but hikers can connect to several other trails in the area to form a loop, most of which will require some road walking.

Instead of taking the spur to the summit, stay straight and you’ll be on Trail 227, or at 2.8 miles from the trailhead head left at the junction for Trail 258, which connects to Trail 257. A map will be helpful if you plan to explore the area further.  

Caribou Ridge

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.6077, -116.6690 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Spokane head east on I-90 for about 40 miles, then take exit 22 and get on Highway 97 south for 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Beauty Creek Road for 0.4 miles. At the fork stay right for another 0.3 miles to arrive at the campground and trailhead on your right.

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Trailhead

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

Caribou Ridge Trail (#79)

Idaho Panhandle National Forests, Coeur d'Alene River District

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