Location: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Difficulty: Easy; 2.4 mile Moderately trafficked loop Season: Year-round Services: Parking, water fountains, bathrooms, and garbage cans at both trail heads Trail Notes: Dogs are allowed if they are leashed Tubbs Hill is a moderately trafficked, easy loop trail with a moderate […]
Month: January 2018
Difficulty: Easy; 5+ miles of trails, mostly flat with some elevation change
Season: Open year-round, dusk to dawn
Services: Parking lot, no bathroom, no campground, no running water, no trash cans- pack in, pack out!
Trail Notes: Know your trail or bring a map! With multiple trails, the nature preserve can be a maze without proper navigation
The Idler’s Rest Nature Preserve has 5+ miles of easy hiking and walking trails. Located just north of Moscow, Idaho, this trail is easily accessible in just a few minutes for locals and makes for an excellent gateway to the outdoors. At the trail head, you can turn north and hike the easier Meadow View Trail and Mountain View Trail, or head south (across the road) to the Cedar Trail, Highland Loop Trail, and Kenjockety Cut-off.
If it’s your first time and you’d like to experience the entire trail system, we recommend the following path starting from the parking lot:
- Head north and take the Mountain View Trail (Or Meadow View Trail for a shorter hike). Here the terrain is full of meadows and plains with less dense stands of trees. Every time we go we see upland game, so be wary if your have a dog that loves birds!
- At the east end of the trail, cross the road and follow the cedar trail. This will take you to the southern (and larger) part of the preserve. As you duck your head into the denser forest, you will see large cedar trees and the silent beauty of the Idler’s Rest Creek.
- When the trail forks, keep left to continue onto the Highland Trail Loop (right will take you back to the parking lot). To stay on the loop, keep right at all junctions. If you’re looking for a steeper (but shorter) hike, take the second left for the Kenjockety Cut-off. With this route, you’ll want to continue straight (left) at the fork.
- When you return to the cedar trail, turn left and cross the road to reach the parking lot.
There are several markers placed along the trail so that you know you haven’t wandered off the preserve, so do not worry about getting lost!
Because this is a nature preserve, the Palouse Land Trust asks that you respect the following rules while visiting:
- Leashed pets are welcome in all areas of the preserve
- Please, no fires or BBQ’s
- No mountain bikes or motorized vehicles allowed on the trails
- No hunting, shooting, or paintball on preserve property
- Please be considerate of native wildlife and plants and stay on marked trails only (what might you find off [or on] the trail? http://www.palouselandtrust.org/wildlife)
- No camping or overnight parking
- Pick up after your pet and yourself
- Please respect preserve boundaries and neighboring landowners
The preserve has been a community gathering and outdoor recreation site for more than 100 years. The site has been used by native American tribes, homesteaders, community groups, scout troops, and families and continues to be a treasured space to enjoy nature, take a leisurely hike, and explore. If you live in the Palouse and have yet to visit – it’s worth the trip.
Directions: From the intersection of Hwy 8 and Hwy 95 in Moscow, ID: Follow Hwy 8 east for one mile and turn left onto Mountain View Road. Follow for approximately 4.2 miles, until you reach Idler’s Rest Road and take a right. Follow for another 2.3 miles. The parking lot is on the left side of the road (and trails are on both sides of the road).
Learn more about Idler’s Rest Nature Preserve on its official website: http://www.palouselandtrust.org/idlers-rest-nature-preserve/
Location: Clearwater National Forest; near Helmer, Idaho Difficulty: Moderate; 5-mile loop with modest elevation change Season: Year-Round Services: Bathroom, parking lot, campground, no running water, no trash cans- pack in, pack out! Trail Notes: Well marked, portion in Open Range The Potlatch Canyon Trail, or […]