WINTER SPORTS -- A new additional parking area has been designated for snowmobilers heading out to ride areas near Lookout Pass and Mullan, Idaho, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests announced today.
The new parking area is along Mullan Road, behind the fish hatchery, approximately three miles east of Mullan.
The parking lot was made possible through the efforts of the Shoshone County Sportsman Association and was funded through a grant provided by the North Idaho Resource Advisory Committee.
The new location supplements parking that is available at Lookout Pass area and Shoshone Pavilions Park (Pottsville). It includes parking for large trailers, restrooms, picnic tables, a fire pit and a warming hut.
The new parking area is intended to provide better access to local trails, reduce congestion in the Lookout Pass area, and to provide a safer location for snowmobile riders hauling large trailers now that trailers longer than 16 feet are no longer permitted at the Lookout Pass Ski area.
Read on for detailed directions.
Directions to the Fish Hatchery Area Parking facility: Take the east Mullan exit (Exit 69) on I-90 and drive north over the overpass and make a right at the stop sign and head east to the parking areas along the South Fork Coeur d’Alene River Road (also known as the Larson Road). Shoshone Park and the Fish Hatchery are approximately three miles east of Mullan.
Snowmobile trail maps for the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District are available at district offices in Coeur d’Alene and Smelterville.