Tuesday, June 28, 2016
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
This hike is about 2 hours long but since it can be an out-and-back you can make it as long or as short as you want it to be. If you choose to hike the full loop around the Tubbs Hill peninsula, it will take about 2 hours (about 1 mile per hour).
Tubbs Hill west trailhead
210 South 3rd Street. Parking entrance at the corner of S. 3rd St. and E. Front Ave. Map
Next to downtown Coeur d'Alene, ID
We will meet at the Mudgy Moose statue at the trailhead.
Tubbs Hill consists of over 120 acres and is bordered by Lake Coeur d'Alene on the west, south and east sides. There are several miles of hiking trails on the hill that provide spectacular scenery for everyone to enjoy. We'll begin with a "Scat & Snacks" animal signs activity. In a zoo, there are signs that tell you what animal to look for, such as “Moose.” But in their natural habitat, animals don't stand next to a sign that labels them. However they do leave us clues as to who was there, in the form of scat. Come learn to identify some Tubbs Hill inhabitants by their scat. Just like a naturalist, look for real scat and tracks on our hike. We will give each scientist-in-training marshmallows, jelly beans and other foods, which have the same size and shape as some animal scat.
You can go as fast or slow as you want on our 2.2 mile hike of the perimeter of Tubbs Hill, taking as many rest stops or "beach" breaks as you want. If you look at the Tubbs Hill Trail Map on the Tubbs Hill Nature Trail Guide, we will begin by going east, starting at point 27, then to 26, on to 25, and so on. Starting at about point 11, until point 2, there are a several mini beaches just off the main trail where you can stop to access the lake for splashing, swimming, and resting.
To make the most of this educational nature hike, you may want to print out and bring these with you:
- Map of Tubbs Hill
- Tubbs Hill Nature Trail Guide
- If you want an interactive and educational experience for your kids, then you will want to print out and bring with you the Junior Friends of Tubbs Hill Activity Book
What to bring: comfortable walking shoes, weather appropriate clothes, hat, water, snacks, sunscreen, towel, swimsuit (weather permitting).
Ages: All ages are welcome. Due to the rugged and sometimes steep terrain and distance, this hike is recommended for ages 6 and older. This trail is not designed for strollers or wheelchairs.
Directions: From I-90 take NW Boulevard south, continue on as the road curves left and turns into Sherman Avenue. Turn right on Second Street, which again curves left and hang a right into the 3rd Street Parking Lot. You can also park on the downtown streets and other downtown parking lots.
Cost: $3 per family. There is a $10 fee per family to register. $7 will be refunded after the trip as long as you show up.
Depending on where you choose to park, you will most likely have to pay for parking so bring cash and coins.