Spring/Summer Calendar

                                                 Spring Summer Calendar

This is a preliminary calendar, more activities and descriptions to follow.

Saturday, April 22- Spokane’s South Hill Bluff Hike-Meet at Lowe’s parking lot, CDA location, southwest corner) in sufficient time for 8:00 AM Departure. It will take roughly an hour to drive to the trailhead which will be the parking area where 37th Avenue intersects High Drive. (Note that High Drive has several names – High Drive Parkway, South High Drive, East High Drive, etc). More than 20 miles of trails are available on the bluff. Most of the trails on the bluff are single track; some have more bike use than others but generally most trails have an easy track to walk. I have attached driving directions beginning at exit 280A on I-90 to 37th Avenue in Spokane. More information will go out from Yahoo Groups.

We will do a trail segment between 37th and 57th Avenues along the upper portion of the bluff. Pets are allowed on the bluff trails but must be leashed. Trip Leader Mike Z-1-208-610-3894.

Saturday, May 6-Bead Lake Hike Description:  Rated medium difficulty.  Hike will be about 9 miles round trip (although we can vary the mileage depending on the desires of the group).  Bring snacks and water.  Meeting Place & Show-Up Time:  We will meet at Ron’s Super One in Hayden at 8:30am to car pool, and arrive at the trailhead at about 9:30am. Bring snacks and water. Internet Link: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/bead-lake Trip Leader Martha G- 1-208-659-4940.

Saturday, May 20-Kayak/Canoe Little Spokane River- “Perhaps the best way to experience the rare freshwater marsh environment is by quietly paddling a canoe or kayak down the river. Stealthful observers may see a wide variety of songbirds, woodpeckers, raptors, and waterfowl. “The quote best describes the trip down the picturesque Little Spokane River.  We will meet at the southwest corner of Coeur d’Alene Lowe’s parking lot for a 08:30 departure to the launch area. After drivers shuttle cars to the take-out area and return, we will launch for a 7 mile journey down the river.  There are no rapids, but the river will be flowing at a moderate pace this year.  Half way we will stop at the painted rocks area for lunch.  A Washington State discovery pass is required for parking.  Here is a web site for a description:   https://sites.google.com/site/riversidestateparkwa/park-activities/natural-areas/little-Spokane-river An RSVP would assure a notification of changes.  Contact me with any questions.   Coordinator:  John Lee 208 772 8410 cell 208 818 8059

June 4, Sunday – Pend Oreille Wildlife Management Area Hike (Trout Creek) 
Meet at 9:00 at Hayden Super One parking lot to carpool.  (near Goodwill truck)
Bring sunscreen, water, bug spray and the ticks are out in force right now. The plan is to walk to the Pack River General Store for lunch. Great burgers!

This will be an easy hike along Trout Creek which parallels Lower Pack River. This will be around 6 miles round trip. The hike will begin at the Wildlife Management Parking Area off of Highway 200 east of the town of Ponderay north of Sandpoint. An additional option would be to add a loop in the opposite direction along Trout Creek. Mike Z and Jim are going on an exploratory hike prior to the hike. Jim 755-2575


June 18, Sunday – Mountain Bike the Loop at 4th of July–  Leaders Karen Williams and John Lee-
Meet at Cherry Hill Park (off 15th St. in CDA) at 9:45 AM or at the 4th of July Parking Lot at 10 AM. Option One: Bike the loop from the parking lot, past the A frame on Havin Trail to the Peaceful View Picnic Shelter and continue on High Road Trail to Skywalker via Skateaway. When we reach Skywalker we will continue down to access road and to the parking lot. Estimated mileage is 5 to 6 miles. A second option is when we reach the Peaceful view picnic shelter to go south on Elderberry to Ian’s Hut, taking the cut off trail to Eagle Run. When we reach Skywalker we will continue north down Skywalker until we reach the access road to the parking lot. Estimated mileage is 10 miles. Bring a mountain bike, water and snacks. Helmet is up to the rider. Karen 208-667-8790, John 208-772-8410.
Option One Map      Option Two Map


Some of The Following are awaiting more information:

July 8, Saturday – Blossom Lakes Hike
As trip leaders Greg and Nancy will already be camping near the lake there is a need for someone to meet carpoolers at Meet at Cherry Hill Park (off 15th St.) and lead the carpool to the trailhead at 8:00 am.

The hike is a fairly easy 6 mile hike round trip on top of Thompson Pass. More hiking if you wish to Pear Lake but that is on your own.

CDA to Kingston is 29 miles, exit 43 I-90. Head north on State highway 9 (CDA River rd.). Follow this road 21 miles at the junction bear left. Go 1.7 miles and turn right onto Hwy 9 (Road to Murray) which climbs 16 miles to Thompson Pass. Trail head at the pass is on the south (right) side of highway, 68 miles total miles maybe 1 ½ hour drive.

Meet us at the trailhead at 10:00 am Saturday (let leader know if you are meeting at Cherry Hill Park or at the trailhead).

We will already be there as we are camping close to there. Snake Pit lunch or early dinner on the way out for those that wish.

Go to www.trails.com and search Blossom Lakes…Kellogg Idaho hikes.

Greg Lewis and Nancy Lewis will be leading the hike. RSVP if you are interested in this hike. Phone- 208-451-4648 


July 16, Sunday  – Kayak/canoe S Fork of the CDA River
Meet: Cherry Hill Park  
(behind the 15th Street fire station -not in the Fire Station parking lot) at 7:30 we will depart at 8:00
We will Kayak from Kingston to Cataldo boat launch figure about three hours on the water. This is an easy to moderate kayak trip on the river, moderate meaning a few ripples on the river. Plan on meeting at Cherry Hill Park  behind the fire station at 7:30 we will depart at 8:00 and all meet at the Cataldo boat launch  to drop off vehicles. Option breakfast at the Snake Pit in Enaville did that last year and got on the water around 10:00 off by 1:00. Will need people to stay at the boat launch with the kayaks and others to help shuttle the vehicles back. Plan about a half hour round trip. Bring water snacks and or lunch

RSVP if you plan to go see you there.  (Note: bring your own boat – you can rent at Tri-State Outfitters)

Directions Cherry Hill Park in Coeur d’ Alene take Exit 14 off of I-90 heading East bound take a left at the stop sign on 15st go under the freeway the park is on your right. Heading W bound take exit 14 turn right onto 15th at the stop sign park is on your right.

Directions to Cataldo boat launch head east on I-90 take Exit 39 Old Mission State Park turn right at the stop sign then take the next right follow to the end of the road.

Randy Brewer,  208-964-0444


July 29 – Saturday – Walking Patio – Garden Party– Jim McMillen-755-2575

10:00—Lisa, 1101 North 11th Street (NW corner of 11th and Birch)-661-0459

11:30—Jackie, 906 North Street 11th (look for little library out front)-664-4852

1:00—Sherry, 706 East Garden Avenue (enter through gate to back patio)-703-586-8400

2:30—Jim, 935 East Elm Avenue (look for ping pong table in driveway for entry)-755-2575.  Will have ice chest ready before 10:00 for BYOB in afternoon.  Some soft drinks will be available

Park at Lisa’s or Jim’s to start the tour.  It’s going to be a blast and much more fun than the official city garden tour on Sunday.


Aug 5,  Saturday- Scotchman Peak Hike- John Lee- 772-8410
Meet at the northeast corner of the parking lot on Super 1 in Hayden for a 6:30 departure.  This will help avoid the heat of the day.

This is a classic hike up the main peak in the Scotchman proposed wilderness area.  It is a short but steep, 4 miles one way, with an elevation gain of 3700 feet.

We will go at a slow pace so that a steady effort is all that is needed to summit.  Wide panoramas and stunning views of Lake Pend O’reille, possibly shared with goats, are the reward at the top.

Two suggested training hikes prior to this hike are Mickinnik trail #13 and Coal Creek Trail #41(to Graham Peak).

Please RSVP John if you are interested and to be notified of changes.  Contact John with any questions. 208-772-8410  cell 208- 818- 8059

Trail Description:

Scotchman Peaks Trail #65
This is the “grand-daddy” of hikes in the proposed wilderness, an annual pilgrimage for many local hikers. The trail is a little over 4 miles one-way, but the elevation gain is 3,700 feet. This is a short climb, but strenuous because it is steep.  The well worn trail tread is usually in good shape and leads to the highest point in Bonner County, the top of Scotchman Peak.  Stunning panoramas of Lake Pend Oreille begin at “the meadows”, about two thirds of the way up and they continue to unfold as you reach the summit.  The peak looks over, and deep into, the rugged valleys and ridges of the Scotchman Peaks area.  Mountain goats are frequently encountered on the surrounding ridges and near the summit.  Snow lingers late into the summer of most years.
If you go:  Bring good boots or trail shoes and plenty of water, as the route is “dry” with no definitive water source.  Snacks or lunch, layers of extra clothing and rain gear are always advisable in the mountains. You will appreciate good binoculars and a camera.
Driving Directions to the Trail head:  Take Highway 200 (east from Sandpoint) and in downtown Clark Fork turn north at the Chevron Station.  Go past the school and continue up Mosquito Creek Road #276 to the junction of Road #2295.  Turn right and go a little over a mile.  Watch for signs for Trail #65. Turn left on road 2294.  Turn left next on 2294A. Follow this a little over a mile to where the road ends at the trailhead.  Look Up



Aug 12, Saturday – BeeTop Hike – Strenuous
Meet at Hayden Super 1 at 6:30AM Near Goodwill trailer.
Fourteen Mile Round Trip; 4,000 feet Elevation Gain

Please RSVP Geoff Harvey at 208-762-1246

I will mince no words here this is a demanding hike of thirteen miles round trip with a 4,300 vertical feet lift to the mountain top.  It follows the new Trail 120 connector to Trail 120 better known as the Alpine Scenic Trail.  After a 3,300 feet climb to Trial 63  the Beetop Trail, it is another two miles and a thousand feet up to the Beetop Summit which provides spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.  As no cooling of the hot weather is anticipated,  This is a hike for experienced hikers who are in good shape. Plan to bring plenty of water and a lunch as this will be a all day affair.


August 26, Saturday. Hike to St. Regis Lakes
Meet for 8 AM Departure time at Cherry Hill Park – near the outhouses.
Leader – Hilma Volk  208-660-9712
Regroup at Lookout Pass Ski Area – for bathroom stop.
Moderate Difficulty, Moderate Pace. Elevation Gain 1090 feet.
This is Hike #29 in the Hundred Hikes in the Inland Northwest Book.
6 miles round trip.
Optional – take a refreshing dip in a mountain lake.
As usual, prepare for weather with layers, rain gear, sturdy footwear. etc. Optional swim wear.

Bring lunch, snacks, plenty of water.

Gas contribution $30 per carload – split between driver and passengers.
Hilma Volk 208-660-9712


Sept 9 or 10 –  CANCELED unless a new leader wants to take over. Lookout Pass to Wallace Bike


Sept 16 Saturday –  Apple Cider Pressing: Hike/Bike/Kayak Pot Luck at Medimont/Cave Lake
10:00 am

Directions:  Meet at Cherry Hill Park off 15th St behind fire station in Cd’A at 9:00am to carpool.  Driving time from Cd’A – 40-45 minutes (35 miles). Take I-90 east to the Hwy 3/Rose Lake exit.  Drive south 15 miles on Hwy 3 – passing Valley Mart and continuing around lakes.  Mile marker 103 – slow down – drive past old Cave Lake Resort on the lakeside.  Turn left into the 1st driveway past resort – 34714 S Hwy 3 – address on mailbox and poles with reflective tape by driveway. If you get to the Black Lake turnoff you have gone too far. Go up driveway and parking to the right by house or left in the field below green cabin.
Details: ~ 2 mile hike to ridge above the lake and around the perimeter of Pat’s land. Return to house and help press apple cider.  If you have access to extra apples – bring them to press – the more varieties the better the cider. Potluck lunch – Pat will supply utensils, chili, apple cider. Bring item to share. If desire in afternoon – bring bike or kayak – Medimont trailhead for Rails to Trails nearby and Rainy Hill boat launch on Medicine Lake also nearby. Leader: Pat Collins, Phone: 208-689-3460 – no cell service in area.


Sept 23/24-No trip Planned yet, TBA.

New Guidelines are out both for trip leaders and trip participants: 

View or download the guidelines click here. The link will also be fount under the above tab “Maps, Forms, Flyers, Misc.” under Forms & Flyers.

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