Hiking The Canfield Mountain

The 2nd most popular hiking trail in Idaho.

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Northeast of Coeur d Alene and south of Hayden Lake, the Canfield Mountain Trail System was originally designed for motorized trail bikes and mountain bikes. Parts of the trail system are now shared by hikers, bikers, skiers and ATV riders.

The 25 mile Canfield Trail System was designed so that the entire trail network can be accessed without traveling on roads that are open to traffic. Note, the trail routes may occasionally have logging traffic. Some trails are steep and have ruts, rocks, roots and other obstacles. Others have loose rock and/or steep drop-offs along the edge.

The trails designated by numbers generally run north to south and are generally steeper. The trails designated by letters generally run east to west and are generally milder

To reach the Nettleton Gulch Trailhead Parking area from Couer d Alene, follow US90 to Exit 14 (15th Street). Head north on 15th Street for 1.1 miles. Turn right heading east on Nettleton Gulch Road for 2.2 miles to the parking area.

Driving directions: For the Fernan access, from 1-90 take the Sherman Avenue exit and head East on Sherman Avenue, under the 1-90 overpass, past the Fernan Ranger Station, around Fernan Lake and continue past the lake on FS #268 until you see the signs and pullout on your left (~ 7 miles). The Parking area is opposite the Fernan Gun Club (Shooting Range) entrance.

For the Coeur dAlene access, from I-90 take the 15th Street exit in Coeur d Alene and drive north. Go four blocks past the first light and take a right on Nettleton Gulch Road. Follow Nettelton Gulch Road 2.2 miles to the Nettleton Gulch parking lot just up the hill.

Note: mountain bikers should yield to all other trail users, and hikers should yield to trail bikers.

Overall, Canfield Mountain is the 2nd most popular hiking trail of all 19 hikes in Idaho.


Local Contact(s):  PNF (208) 765-7223 or 667-2561; Idaho Tourism (800) 635-7820.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Idaho" from Falcon Guides

Best Season:  Apr. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Luxury Loding:  The Couer D Alene

Breakfast Restaurant:  Java on Sherman

Reference Source:  click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/ipnf/

GPS:  47.71645, -116.72685

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  4/1/2018

ID:  15292

Canfield Mountain Hiking Map


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