7 miles
2,320 ft
-2,525 ft
Avg time
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  • Riding Area
    Athol, Idaho
  • AKA
    Trail #14
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • 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 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -206 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,105 ft
  • Altitude max
    5,654 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,310 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,105 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,076 ft
  • Avg time
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on Jul 26, 2018
Very Dry
Avg: 4 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to chilco-mountain-trail-14 trailhead (47.849820, -116.559830)
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Chilco Mountain... Trail Reports

Jul 26, 2018 @ 2:57pm
Jul 26, 2018
three trees down between south trail head and south peak.
Apr 30, 2018 @ 7:28pm
Apr 30, 2018
Couldn't access from the north side of trail due to heavy amounts of snow after bunco road continues past the road to the top of Bernard peak. Saw...
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