Take A Hike: Indian Cliffs Trail

Posted: July 15, 2014

The Indian Cliffs trail is only a small part of what Heyburn State Park has to offer, but definitely worth the hour it takes to make the three mile loop. This hike requires little more than a good size water bottle or hydration pack, but rewards your efforts with a fantastic vista that serves a summary of what Heyburn has to offer. The 72 mile long Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes hugs the lakeshore just behind the pines. Campgrounds, boat launches, and the Rocky Point beach are all easily mapped from this vantage point. The topography of the shadowy St. Joe River, the highest navigable river in the world, can be seen for miles in the distance. This panorama rotates away as the second half of the trail walks you across ridge top meadows, before inevitably cutting back down the mountainside, ending where it started. This small trail packs a big punch and is worth a visit by itself, or as part of a larger day of exploration throughout the parks many gems.

Location: Heyburn State Park

Nearby City: Coeur d’Alene

Hike Length: 3 total miles

Duration: 1 hour

Difficulty: Moderate