Mineral Ridge Scenic Area and National Recreation Trail
The 3.3-mile trail was the first BLM recreation site developed in Idaho in 1963. In 1982, the trail was designed as a National Recreation Trail and offers an invigorating hike and stunning views of Lake Coeur d'Alene. An interpretive 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. Each winter from November through February, a migrating population of over 200 bald eagles visit the area to feed on the spawning kokanee salmon. An interpretive viewing program is offered annually from December 27 through December 31, 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.