Hike and Mountain Bike North Idaho
Anyone ever tell you to go take a hike? We can help with that! There are 200-plus amazing trails in the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains surrounding our town. And Sandpoint’s burgeoning MTB scene has some 50 rides for mountain bikers, with trail systems at Schweitzer Mountain Resort and Syringa-Pine Street Woods. And when your day’s adventuring is done, Sandpoint’s fine lodging provides rest for tired muscles, while our superb restaurants serve feasts to match any hunger.
Mountain Biking Trails
MTB Schweitzer Mountain. Schweitzer and the adjacent Selkirk Recreation District have a terrific – and growing – 30-trail system for mountain bikers and hikers.
MTB Syringa + Pine Street Woods. The Kaniksu Land Trust provides the new PSW trail system, and helps oversight for the adjacent Syringa trails, with more than 20 rides.
Pend Oreille Pedalers. Our local bike club provides a ton of volunteer power for trail building, and shares local intel on rides. Click to PendOreillePedalers.org.
9B Trails. A half hour north in Bonners Ferry, this active bike group is building some amazing trails. Go to 9BTrails.org.
MTB Project. This interactive resource gives rider recommendations for 40-plus trails around Sandpoint, and you can add your own info on trails you ride. Click MTBProject.org.
Sandpoint is nestled amid two inspiring frontal ranges of the Rocky Mountains, the Selkirk Mountains that stretch north far into Canada, and the Cabinet Mountains to our east, extending into Montana. There are scores of terrific trails to explore for all abilities. Click:
- Panhandle National Forest: Pend Oreille Lake area
- Panhandle National Forest: Lower Kootenai / Bonners Ferry
- Panhandle National Forest: Priest Lake area
Two websites provide a large community of hikers with recommendations for trails here, plus invite your own info on the trails you tread.
For hardcore hikers: Two guidebooks that give a complete rundown of local trails are Trails of the Wild Selkirks, with details on 170 trails, and Trails of the Wild Cabinets with 100-plus. There are also guides to trails around Lake Pend Oreille and the historic Ice Age Floods.
- See regional guidebooks at Keokee Books
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