Outdoors

Tubbs Hill Dayhike

HIKING TRIP NOTES

Access: Third Street trailhead is off of city parking lot and boat launch on east side of The Coeur d’Alene Resort. Two other trailheads are at the boatworks area near 10th Street and Mountain Avenue.

Attractions: Good forested pathway through 135-acre urban wilderness only minutes away from less natural pleasures such as lattes and ice cream.

Half of loop offers excellent views of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Spring wildflower displays can stop you in your tracks. Blooming begins with buttercups in February; grass widows, glacier lilies, yellow bells and spring beauties in March. Arrowleaf balsamroot provides the most impressive display in April, followed by lady slippers, wild rose, leopard lilies and blooming oceanspray, syringa and serviceberry in May and June.

Tubbs Hill brochure keys information on historical and natural features to numbers posted on trees. These stations identify plants and explain features such as former sites for boat-racing grandstand that stood from 1914-1927 and lumber mills built in late 1800s.

Excellent hike for families; also popular with joggers.

Comments: Managed by city Park Department as natural area, Tubbs Hill has no outhouses or drinking water except at playing fields near Third Street trailhead. Maps displayed at trailhead signs, but they’re not to scale.

Beware of seepage that causes wet rocks and wetness that makes several boardwalks slippery. During winter, especially, water seeping onto rocks and wood can freeze and be slick.

City prohibits bicycles, fires, alcohol, camping and glass containers. Pets must be kept on leash.

Named after Tony Tubbs, German immigrant who staked claim to hill in early 1880s and became one of Coeur d’Alene’s first developers. Land secured for public use over 40 years, with last 34 acres purchased in 1977.

On hot days, hikers welcome shade and succulence of trail on north side of hill where kinnikinick, Douglas firs, ferns and many other plants are found. Best views, however, are from ponderosa pines and open woods along lakeshore on south side.

Options: Although several unofficial trails stray from main trail around mountain, optional route marked on map above shows best ways for energetic hikers to reach summit. These trails have some steep sections that are more difficult than main trail.

MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: CHECK IT OUT Distance: 2 1/2 miles Difficulty: Mostly easy Hiking time: 1 - 2 hours Season: Virtually year around Maps: USGS Coeur d’Alene Info: Tubbs Hill Trails brochure available from Coeur d’Alene Parks and Recreation Dept., (208) 769-2250

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This sidebar appeared with the story: CHECK IT OUT Distance: 2 1/2 miles Difficulty: Mostly easy Hiking time: 1 - 2 hours Season: Virtually year around Maps: USGS Coeur d’Alene Info: Tubbs Hill Trails brochure available from Coeur d’Alene Parks and Recreation Dept., (208) 769-2250

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