7.2 miles
2,076 ft
-2,232 ft
1.1 miles
High Point


  • AKA
    Trail #14
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
  • Season
    Summer, Fall
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager
    Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District

Chilco Mountain Trail is a misnomer, as you will actually traverse both South and North Chilco, with a dramatic change in elevation in between. You have been warned! There are possibilities of doing this as a loop, but the Forest Road around is long and not very exciting. My recommendation is to start from the northern trailhead, as this is the easiest one to drive to. Starts out with lots of climbing through the woods. And then climb some more. Eventually you will get to the spur trail that leads to the top of North Chilco. Ride your bike up this as far as you can then walk the rest of the way to the top over the scree field. The view is worth it! Back on the trail continue to contour around North Chilco then the trail dips down into the saddle between the two. Climb up again and ride your bike to the very top of South Chilco. From here you can ride down to the southern trailhead if you really want to punish yourself (or to bail...). If not, turn around an head back. Hopefully the huckleberries are out so have a reason to stop and rest your legs on the way back. The ripping decent back down to the trail start makes it all worth it. Just watch out for hikers on nice weekend days. This trail is rated black mostly due to the lung and leg busting climbs, I've seen them make grown men cry. There are some technical rock sections tossed in there to keep it fun. As usual, check with the Forest Service ahead of time on downed tree status.

Access Info

Northern trailhead: Take the Bunco Road (FR 332) to its intersection with the 278. Look for the sign marking the trailhead on the uphill side of the road.
Southern trailhead: Take the 437 out of the north side of Hayden Lake until its intersection with the 406. Follow the 406 north until you reach the sign marking the trail.

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More Stats for Chilco Mountain Trail #14 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -156 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,147 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,303 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,147 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3.3 miles
  • Distance down
    3.4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,175 ft
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