Caribou Ridge Trail #79

A steep climb up the flanks of Mt. Coeur d'Alene with views of Beauty Bay and the surrounding mountains. Also gives access to a larger system of backcountry trails on Mt. CDA. Trail gains approx. 1100'

Length: 4.60 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - Off leash
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Beauty Creek Campground, Beauty Bay, east side of Lake Coeur d'Alene
State(s): Idaho
Counties: Kootenai
Longitude: -116.66616
Latitude: 47.60568

Driving Directions

From Coeur d'Alene take I-90 east 9 miles to State Route ID-97 toward Harrison (exit 22); turn right onto ID-97 and go 2.4 miles to Beauty Creek Road 438; turn left onto Road 438 and go 0.7 miles to the Beauty Creek Campground and Trailhead.


The trail climbs through four switch backs and terminates at at former picnic site. There are several outstanding views of Beauty Bay and Blue Creek from the higher reaches of the trail. The initial climb is steep with potentially dangerous spots, not recommended for children. The view from the ridge is somewhat limited by tree growth since the trail's dedication in 1983, but still a worthwhile clime. From the ridge the trail continues on to climb Mt. Coeur d'Alene. In spring, Beauty Creek can be icy cold but not likely uncrossable.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, compacted
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 8%
Maximum Grade: 12%
Elevation Low Point: 2,200
Elevation High Point: 4,000
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Trail Information - private website

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Tom Sudul
US Forest Service
Fernan Ranger District
2502 E. Sherman
Coeur d?Alene, ID 83814 -5899
(208) 664-2318
[email protected]



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