Fall Color Hikes
Coeur d’Alene Fall Activities
What a simple and wonderful way to spend an early morning or a fine afternoon in Coeur d’Alene. Fall Colors are on the way and the sights will simply amaze you. Travel along on of the many local trails or hike through the tree lined streets of downtown Coeur d’Alene.
The nearby trails are very quick and easy to get to, with many of them starting in town or within a couple of minutes drive. The hiking is easy along the sun spotted trails and the views are nothing short of spectacular.
Plan on bringing a camera for pictures you are sure to take and share with friends. Better yet bring a friend and pack a lunch to share that view and a long conversation. The trails are quieter this time of year with the summer traffic gone but be prepared to share the trail with other nature lovers out to see the fall colors.
Another wonderful way to enjoy the sights and see the fall colors is to hire a private tour of Lake Coeur d’Alene and travel the beautiful Coeur d’Alene with your own personal captain and tour guide.
Contact us at vacationrentalauthority.com to find out more about your fall activities and what there is to do in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
As a creative-type who loves to be 72 degrees at all times, there is nothing like a cool breeze and brisk mountain air to get the creative juices flowing! Admittedly it’s more like 50 degrees today, but with the help of some fuzzy socks, jeans, long sleeves and a hot drink, the temp is just right.
After a summer of iced coffee and cold drinks to get my caffeine fix, today is that first perfect day of fall for a steamy, milky and oh so yummy cup of hot coffee. Maybe two. For me it’s a classic cafe au lait (2/3 coffee + 1/3 milk), and my favorite winter boots that have me in a deliciously creative mood. Next I’ll take a stroll along the Centennial Trail, which would be perfect this afternoon!
But even better, I had the idea for a writer’s retreat, right here in the N. Idaho mountains next October. Picture it…fall colors all around, brisk breezes churning up imaginations, a warm fire dancing in the common room, and pensive writers all around, wrapped loosely in cozy blankets. And there would be coffee…lots and lots of hot coffee!
Let the Pulitzer Prizes begin…
Hiking to Chilco peak in the fall is an extraordinary experience. The larch trees begin to change color, their leaves fall to the ground covering the trail with a golden layer of the tiny needles. Larch trees are pine trees that lose their needles after they turn yellow in the fall. The walk on the trail, flat, level and lightly dusted with the golden needles is a beautiful sight in the cold fall air.
Chilco Mountain is located in the Coeur d’Alene National Forest just east of Coeur d’Alene Idaho. The trailhead is accessible by about 10 miles of backcountry gravel roads, the access is fairly easy to find in good weather but inaccessible after deep snow falls. (insert forest service road number this point). Although this hike is challenging it does not require any special equipment other than quality hiking shoes and some cold weather gear. Be prepared for the cold wind maybe some rain and for a challenging hike up hill and the quick easy decent afterwards, so dress in layered clothing.
The hike is a challenging two miles uphill the entire way. Once you reach the top, the trail breaks out into an open rocky windswept slope. A chill breeze usually sweeps across the exposed broken rock making the final traverse of the slope cold but exciting. The views are tremendous, looking across the valley of Coeur d’Alene and the Post Falls area. Stop for a break in a small island shelter of trees and have a snack maybe some coffee before moving on. It’s an exciting moment to feel like your sitting on top of the world.
Although you may be reluctant to leave the beautiful views and scenery you’ll be happy to get out of the cold wind and head back down into the trees. the hike down as much faster of course as it is all downhill. 45 minutes steady walking will bring you back to the trailhead. But you don’t have to rush there is plenty of Wildlife to see so take it slow keep your eyes open.