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Hiking Sandpoint, Idaho

Sandpoint is a fabulous gateway for hikers of all abilities. Whether you wish to hike after riding the chair at Schweitzer, or take a real adventure and head to Roman Nose, there are literally thousands of miles of areas to venture into. Most of the trails are accessible by mountain bikes as well. Whether you choose to take a day hike or head into the backcountry for an extended stay, an abundance of trails are available to all who visit Sandpoint.

The Forest Service, Idaho Department of Lands, and private citizens maintain an ever expanding  trails system. The Sandpoint Ranger District maintains over 275 miles of trails in the National Forest. Many trailheads provide access to prime fishing, huckleberry picking and even an occasional morel mushroom or two.

There are numerous shops offering everything one may need to make the day hike or backcountry experience a safe and comfortable outing. Come explore nature in 360 degree full color, you won't be disappointed.

Hiking and Biking Trails

Schweitzer Mountain
10,000 Schweitzer Mountain Road, Sandpoint, ID 83864

Bicycling in the Panhandle National Forest

Gold Hill
From Sandpoint take highway 95 south 2 miles to Bottle Bay road; turn left and go 4.3 miles to the lower trailhead parking area located on the right.

Beaver Lake
Go north of Sandpoint to Naples, Id. Turn east on Trail Creek road and go about 3 miles, turn right , go over a bridge, and go right. Follow the logging road for 2 miles, you will come to a gate, park there and follow the logging road that goes to the left. Climb over the Kelly hump and walk about 5 minutes, you will come to a small stream, take the trail to the right and hike 20 minutes to Beaver Lake.

Brush Lake
Go 16 mile north of Bonners Ferry on Hwy 95 and turn right on Forest Service road #1004. Go approx. 3 miles to Brush Lake. You can also drive to the lake.


Harrison Lake
Take Hwy 95 to Samuels, Id., about 7 miles north of Sandpoint. Turn west by the weight station and go up Pack River road to the end, approximately 20 miles. Take trail #217 to Harrison Lake.

Lunch Peak
Go east of Sandpoint approximately 12 miles on Hwy 200. Turn left on Forest Service road #275 and go approximately 13 miles to Lunch Peak. You can drive to the lookout.

Roman Nose Lake
Roman Nose Lake is located at the end of Snow Creek road southwest of Bonners Ferry, Id. There is camping available at the first lake. You can also backpack into the upper lakes about 2 miles away from the first lake.

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Burton Peak
Go west of Bonners Ferry about 5 miles on County road #18 and go 2 miles north of the bird refuge office. Turn left on Forest Service road #633 and go approximately 2 miles to Forest Service road #2411. Turn a sharp right and go 6 or 7 miles to trailhead.

Mount Casey
Located 5 miles off Pack River road, with an elevation of 6,706 ft. Hiking time is 3 hours one way. The road to the trailhead is rough.

Lake Darling
Go east of Sandpoint on Hwy 200 for approximately 13 miles to Trestle Creek road or Forest Service road #275. Go 12 miles to Lunch Peak trailhead #67. Go approximately 2 miles to trailhead 52. Turn right and go approximately 2 miles to Lake Darling.

Fisher Peak
Located north of Bonners Ferry, Id., with an elevation of 7,580 ft. The trail is narrow and in poor shape. Hiking time is 4 hours one way.

Hall Mountain
Go 17 mile north of Bonners Ferry on Hwy 95. Turn left on Forest Service road #272. Go approximately 11 miles to Hall Mountain Lookout. You can drive to the top.


Scotchman Peak
Go east of Sandpoint on Hwy 200 to Clark Fork, Id. Turn left downtown Clark Fork onto Lightning Creek road. Go approximately 1 mile and turn onto Forest Service road #276. Go approximately5 miles to trailhead.

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6802 Main
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805

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314 N 1st Avenue
Sandpoint, ID 83864

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214 Cedar Street
Sandpoint ID 83864

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312 North Fifth Avenue
Sandpoint ID 83864

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102 South Boyer
Sandpoint, ID 83864

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