The Coeur d'Alene River Trail, identified by the Forest Service as Trail #20, follows a swift section of its namesake river through a forested canyon. You'll savor the scent of pine as you dip into the sections of trail with deep tree cover, and feel inspired when you come back out of the woods and see a panoramic view of the river.
Many sections of the trail treat you to scenic vistas of towering rock formations carved by the river over millennia. Cathedral Rocks, with its prominent skyward spires, and Steamboat Rock, an expansive rock face rising majestically from the floor of an open river valley, are two of the most spectacular. Even the unnamed features are amazing, with some rocks looking like giant stairs carved into a rugged cliff face.
The trail winds through what some say are the best spots for fly fishing in the state. It's certainly worth bringing your gear if you're an avid angler. While you might see some other people out fishing the river, you very well may spend a day in peaceful solitude on this hidden gem of a trail. You'll cross many streams along the way, and depending on the time of year may have to get your feet wet. It's a good idea to bring some hiking sandals if you don't want to have to go barefoot. The water is usually cold!
There are some campsites along the trail, including Jordan Camp past Cathedral Rocks, if you want to take the full two days to walk the entire trail out and back. Due to the deep wilderness location of the trail and lack of amenities, this is recommended only for those with camping and backpacking experience. Otherwise, it's easy to simply go as far as you want and head back when you feel ready. No matter how long you spend on the trail, your day exploring this wild and beautiful river with your canine companion will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired.