Stretch Your Legs With This Easy Paved Hike Around Lake Coeur d'Alene In Idaho
Sometimes all you need is a few hours surrounded by beautiful scenery to clear your head. For those in North Idaho, Lake Coeur d’Alene offers an abundance of opportunities to escape into a beautiful natural wonderland. The featured trail is just one of many that take advantage of the lake’s gorgeous shoreline. It’s a great option when you feel like a casual outing at one of Idaho’s most mesmerizing natural lakes.
Spanning 25 miles in length, Lake Coeur d'Alene is an emblem of North Idaho's mesmerizing natural beauty. There's no shortage of ways to enjoy this lake's beauty, but a stroll on this paved path is certainly a winner.
The Rutledge Trail is part of the Idaho Centennial Trail, which is a 900-mile-long trail that stretches from the Idaho-Nevada border to the Idaho-British Columbia border.
This small section of the trail runs for five miles along the northeastern shore of the lake. Starting at the trailhead where you'll find a parking lot and restrooms, the trail meanders alongside the lake's shore before terminating at Higgins Point.
The trail itself is paved and wide. It's perfect for all types of users, whether you find yourself on foot or on wheels. The well-maintained trail is a gentle grade with only a handful of semi-steep sections.
The best thing about the trail is the views! You can see the lake's glistening waters from nearly every point on the trail. And you'll find plenty of benches and spots where you can stop to enjoy the view.
The terminus of the trail, Higgins Point, consists of a boat launch facility and group picnic area that overlook the lake. It's a popular destination for fishing, kayaking, and wildlife viewing, so be sure to explore!
It's always a good day to explore the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Hop on the Rutledge Trail for an easygoing outing at this crystal-clear lake.
Did you know about the Rutledge Trail? Have you spent any time at Lake Coeur d’Alene? Let us know in the comments below!
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