Family Hike: Mineral Ridge, Lake Coeur d'Alene
There's nothing better for a family than a FREE activity. Which is why I enjoy taking my kids out hiking on nature trails.
The Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail is located at the north end of one of the most beautiful lakes in the country -- Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
The trailhead is just three miles off I-90. The 2.5 mile hike begins as you gradually ascend Mineral Ridge on a clean and clear trail that never seems like too steep a climb. My kids slowed down after about a mile, as we neared the top of the ridge. But once we leveled out and had a lunch break, they were rejuvenated and eager to get started again.
The view from the top, looking south across the lake, is spectacular. This is why people bring cameras on their hikes. There's a bench to rest yourself on before starting the downward loop back to the parking lot.
There are bathrooms and a picnic area at the trailhead.
Be sure you check out the short side trail near the top of the ridge that leads to an old mine. It's safe enough to go inside. There's a bench there too. I like benches (another sign of encroaching old age).