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Mickinnick Trail

Idaho Panhandle, Idaho

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Mickinnick Trail

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  • Information sign at the trailhead for the Mickinnick Trail. - Mickinnick Trail
  • Parking area and picnic tables at the trailhead.- Mickinnick Trail
  • Vault toilets at the trailhead.- Mickinnick Trail
  • The Mickinnick Trail starts out flat for the first quarter mile. - Mickinnick Trail
  • The Mickinnick Trail.- Mickinnick Trail
  • The Mickinnick Trail.- Mickinnick Trail
  • The Mickinnick Trail winds in and out of the trees. - Mickinnick Trail
  • Wildflowers along the Mickinnick Trail. - Mickinnick Trail
  • The Mickinniack Trail. - Mickinnick Trail
  • Views of Lake Pend Oreille and the town of Sandpoint from the top of the Mickinnick Trail. - Mickinnick Trail
  • View of the Long Bridge in Sandpoint. - Mickinnick Trail
  • Bench at the top of the trail to enjoy the views. - Mickinnick Trail
  • The Mickinnick Trail. - Mickinnick Trail
  • The Mickinnick Trail in Northern Idaho. - Mickinnick Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Good views. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
Loose rocks.
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Region:
Idaho Panhandle, ID
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
4,220.00 ft (1,286.26 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Biking
Total Distance: 
6.50 mi (10.46 km)
Total elevation gain: 
2,150.00 ft (655.32 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,225.00 ft (678.18 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Mickinnick Trail gets it's unique name from the former land owner, Nicky Pleass, who originally donated the 160 acres to the Forest Service in 1997 in memory of her husband, Mick, and the native Kinnickinnick plant found in the area. The trail was opened in 2005 and is a popular spot to take in the amazing views of the area. 

The 7 mile out-and-back trail starts by crossing an open field and then continues up into the trees with switchbacks around large rock outcropings. There are a few benches placed along the way and at the top for a perfect place to pause and take in the beauty of the area. Wildflowers line the trail, and panoramic views of Sandpoint, the Cabinet Mountains and Lake Pend Oreille make this hike worth the 2,000-foot climb through loose rock. 

The trailhead has plenty of parking, information signs, vault toilets, and picnic tables. Be sure to bring a camera for the views!

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