Things To Do

Nearby Hikes and Nature Trails


 

Talus Rock Retreat Nature Trail

EASY

This easily accessible trail is right in our back yard!

Meander through our 30-acre wooded playground and take in some fresh mountain air while enjoying a good stroll! We spent a summer cutting a terrific nature trail wide enough for mountain bikes, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, an early rise walk, post breakfast saunter, or moonlight traipse directly out our front door. Leisurely stroll and enjoy the colorful hand painted signs paying tribute to all those who worked on the trail (or signs paying homage to those who inspired the work). Begin at the trailhead (aptly named ‘Mimi’s ‘Wine’-d’ as Talus Rock Retreat’s funky grandmother loves her wine!), then skip on down ‘Alex’s Aisle before pacing ‘Pop-Pop’s Path’ and racing on ‘Rachel’s Run’. Many other fun tributes await you before ending the trail end named after the Retreat’s mini Aussie, ‘Fiddle’s Way’.

Ravenwood Forest

EASY
Approx. 2 minutes from TRR

Ravenwood awaits you 1/4 mile down the road with over 200-acres of professionally groomed mountain biking trails designed by the Professional Trail Biking Association (PTBA). The well-maintained forest offers a plethora of trails to keep you busy for however long you wish.

Mickinnick Trail

MODERATE
Approx. 10 minutes from TRR

The trail is about 6.5 miles comprised of strenuous switchbacks going up 2,000 feet to the top. Once at the top, you’ll enjoy views of Lake Pend Orielle, Sandpoint, and the Cabinet Mountains making the hike worthwhile. The trail works its way around rock outcroppings

Gold Hill Trail

MODERATE
Approx 10-15 minutes from TRR

Gold Hill is about 8 miles round trip with switchbacks up most of the way. You will meander through a heavily forested area up to a panoramic, northwest-facing view of Lake Pend Orielle, Sandpoint, and the Selkirk Mountains beyond.

Round Lake Trail

EASY
Approx. 20 minutes from TRR

This trail is a simple 1.1 mile walk around Round Lake. Along the trail you will pass by pines and hemlocks, geese and ospreys, robins and ravens, and turtles and frogs. Round Lake also offers campsites and visitors are free to swim in the pond.

Mineral Point Trail

EASY
Approx. 30 minutes from TRR

This hike is a popular one among the Sandpoint locals and is about 7 miles round trip. The trail is mostly easy switchbacks to and from the waterfront. You will get views of feeling surrounded in a grand forest and peek-a-boo views of the water and the mountains beyond.

Northside Loop Trail

EASY
Approx. 30 minutes from TRR

The trail is 7.6 miles roundtrip and meanders through a peaceful forest sprinkled with wild flowers and wild mushrooms. Since the trail is a loop, you’ll be able to see something new the whole hike!

Moose Lake Loop

MODERATE
Approx. 30 minutes from TRR

Moose Lake Loop is 7 miles round trip and is definitely family friendly. Once you arrive at the lake itself, it’s incredibly picturesque the way it mirrors the scenery on its calm waters. But beware! Black bears and Grizzly bears call this place home and you may see them so bring bear spray in case. Besides bears, you may also see moose, elk, and deer.

Lake Darling

MODERATE
Approx. 30 minutes from TRR

The trail is 8 miles roundtrip with a reasonable elevation gain of 2,155 feet with huckleberries highlighting the way. You’ll wander through towering timbers and small ponds, maybe pass by a few moose, and enjoy the views from atop one of the Cabinet Mountain ranges.

Bead Lake Trail

EASY
Approx. 45 minutes from TRR

Bead Lake Trail is a there and back 10 mile hike that steadily follows one side of Bead Lake. You will enjoy constant peek-a-boo views of the water on one side and vast forest on the other.

Hanna Flats Nature Trail

EASY
Approx. 1 hour from TRR

This 1/4 mile trail meanders through Western Red Cedars and Western White Pines, among others, that have suffered but survived generations of logging, homesteading, and natural disasters. Hanna Flats is also home to an abundance of other shrubs, plants, and animals.

English Point Yellow Loop Trail

EASY
Approx.1 hour from TRR

The trail is about 6 miles round trip with minimal elevation gain. You will traverse through dense forest and see the many wildlife that call this place home.

Myrtle Creek Falls

Approx. 1 hour from TRR

There is a short trail that dumps you into the view of the impressive cascade.

Snow Falls

Approx. 1 hour from TRR

A short walk down a wooden trail brings you to the light mists coming off this incredible waterfall!

Scout Trail to Bernard Peak

HARD
Approx. 1 hour from TRR

If you’re looking for a tough day hike, look no further. Scout Trail is 16.7 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 4,078 feet. Most areas are gradual with some more rocky and steep mixed in between the start and the peak. Hikers report that they feel very isolated.

Scotchman Peak Trail

MODERATE
Approx. 1 hour from TRR

Scotchman Peak Trail is 8 miles roundtrip, climbing 3,700 feet. Once at the top, the peak overlooks the seemingly endless valley of trees of the Scotchman Peak Area. Mountain goats frequent this trail!

Copper Falls

Approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes from TRR

A 1/4 mile hike brings you to this waterfall that drops well over 150 feet!

Hunt Lake

MODERATE
Approx. 2 hours from TRR

Hunt Lake is a 2 mile round trip trail but is regarded as having very tough terrain. You will gain a total of 525 feet and will be climbing over boulders to get to your destination.

Upper Priest Lake Trail

EASY
Approx. 2 hours from TRR

This trail runs through a timber covered forest until you reach the lake where the scenery opens up. It is about an 8 mile round trip.

Outdoor Activities


Spring/Summer/Fall

  • Artwalk
  • Bird Watching
  • Blueberry, Raspberry, Huckleberry, and Mushroom picking
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Climbing
  • Cycling
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Hayrides
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Pend O’reille Cruise
  • Lakeview Park
  • Mountain Biking
  • North Idaho Native Plant Arboretum
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Parasailing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rodeo
  • Silverwood Theme Park
  • Seaplane Tours
  • Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis Courts
  • The Healing Garden
  • Triple Play Family Fun Park
  • Tubing
  • Waterskiing

 


Winter

  • Ice Skating
  • Ice Fishing
  • Skiing – downhill and cross-country
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Tubing

Indoor Activities


  • Antiquing
  • Art Galleries
  • Bird Aviation and Innovation Museum
  • Bowling
  • Concerts
  • Craft Shows
  • Farragut Naval Training Center
  • Indoor Rock Climbing
  • Litehouse Foods/Dressing
  • Movie Theater
  • Shopping
  • Society Museum
  • Wine Tasting

Seasonal Events


  • Lost in the 50’s                                                     – Mid May
  • Sandpoint Bicycle Film Festival                           – Early June
  • The Festival at Sandpoint                                    – Last week in July & first week in August
  • Sunday Concerts on the Lawn                             – Every Sunday beginning in July
  • Wooden Boat Festival                                          – Second weekend in July
  • Long Bridge Swim                                                – First week of July
  • Bonner Rodeo                                                      – Second week of August
  • Bonner County Fair                                              – Second and third week of August
  • Idaho Draft Horse and Mule International            – Third week of September