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Indian Cliffs Trail

Intermediate
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Hike through pines to the top of Indian Cliffs, where you'll find a beautiful view over Chatcolet Lake.


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2.8

Miles

4.4

KM

Loop

2,687' 819 m

High

2,203' 671 m

Low

507' 154 m

Up

506' 154 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

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Features Geological Significance · Views · Wildlife

Need to Know

$5 parking fee, or Idaho Parks pass ($10 in-state, or $40 out-of-state)

Description

Park at the Indian Cliffs parking area, paying the parking fee, and start up the trail near the parking lot entrance (the trail at the back is a fire trail, not the hiking trail.) Continue through the trees to where the trail splits, immediately after a small plank bridge over an idyllic stream. Take either branch, as both will lead to the top of the cliffs.

The trail winds up with moderate inclines, passing trees and rocks, to the top of the cliffs, where you'll find a beautiful view over the south end of Lake Coeur d'Alene, known as Chatcolet Lake. If you look south across the lake, you'll see old iron railroad trestles cutting through the hills, which are still in use. Looking east will bring you a view of where the Saint Joe River far out into the lake through a channel grown thick with willows and cotton woods, where it finally ends in the middle of the lake.

Flora & Fauna

Birds, Deer

Contacts

Land Manager: Heyburn State Park

Shared By:

Bruce Emehiser

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Chatcolet Lake, Looking East to Saint Joe River
Jun 14, 2020 near Plummer, ID
Indian Cliffs, Looking South to Railroad Trestles
Jun 14, 2020 near Plummer, ID
Hiking through thick forest near the start of the left fork of the Indian Cliffs trail.
Jun 14, 2020 near Plummer, ID

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