The 3.3-mile trail was part of the first BLM recreation site developed in Idaho. Construction began in 1963. In 1982, the trail was designed as a National Recreation Trail and offers an invigorating hike and beautiful views of Lake Coeur d'Alene. A Trail Guide describes the plants, animals and interrelationships of the forest at 22 marked stations along the trail.
The Scenic Area has paved parking that serves as a trailhead and picnic area. There are pleasantly landscaped turf areas, drinking water, two picnic shelters with tables, pit toilets and trash receptacles. All trailhead facilities except the upper picnic shelter are accessible to visitors with disabilities. The Mineral Ridge Boat Launch lies below the Scenic Area.
Each winter from November through February a migrating population of up to 150 bald eagles visit the area to feed on spawning kokanee salmon. An interpretive viewing program is offered annually from Christmas through New Years during peak migration.
11 miles east of Coeur d'Alene city center.
Take US-90 east from Coeur d'Alene for eight miles to Wolf Lodge Bay (exit 22), then go south on Highway 97 for three miles.
Are you unable to physically visit the Mineral Ridge Trail System? Experience a virtual tour of the hiking path by clicking each number on map below: