Hiking in Sandpoint: Mickinnick Trail

The outdoors are a big part of the Sandpoint lifestyle. Whether skiing, snowboarding, swimming, horseback riding or hiking, Sandpoint and the surrounding area have something to offer for everyone.

One of the most popular hiking trails is Mickinnick. With an elevation increase of over 2100 ft, it’s for the serious hiker. The trail is about 3.5 miles long one way, though even after a few miles, you can already get breathtaking views of the town below.

Dogs are allowed on the Mickinnick Trail. After the first part, they don't even have to be on a leash. [Photos: Jule Paul]

Dogs are allowed on the Mickinnick Trail. After the first part, they don’t even have to be on a leash. [Photos: Jule Paul]

Dogs are allowed on the trail, and after the first part, they don’t even have to be on a leash. That’s a comforting bonus, considering all the wildlife one might encounter.

The trail was opened in 2005, though the land was donated to the US Forest Service in 1997.

Though the trail gets pretty steep at times, the view awaiting hikers is worth the climb. [Photo: Jule Paul]

Though the trail gets pretty steep at times, the view awaiting hikers is worth the climb. [Photo: Jule Paul]

Even if you just hike the first two miles of the 3.5-mile-long trail, it’s an experience one doesn’t want to miss out on when in Sandpoint. [Photo: Jule Paul]

Map: Where is Mickinnick Trail? How to get there

Directions from Sandpoint: Head north on Division Avenue. Turn left onto Baldy Mountain Road. Turn right on Great Northern Road. At the end of the road, turn left onto Woodland Drive (you’ll be going over some railroad tracks). Once you’re over the railroad tracks, stay on Woodland Drive (you’ll go slightly to the right). Keep going straight until you see the Mickinnick Trail parking lot on your left.