Maiden Rock Trail

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7.7 km
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372 m
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The Maiden Rock Trail is a crowd favorite amongst locals, so we thought we would share it with you. This epic expedition steeply descends through rocky screes that occurred due to glacial activity and culminates at a beautiful, secluded beach on Lake Pend Oreille.

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Route Description for Maiden Rock Trail

Those seeking a memorable adventure in the north of Idaho will likely enjoy the Maiden Rock Trail. While the destination is the main attraction, the trail down to the beach is just as scenic—passing through lush woodlands and exciting scree fields. While the trip to the lakeshore is a breeze, it is important to reserve some energy for the climb back out! Note that much of the terrain is uneven and rocky, so wear a sturdy pair of footwear and consider a pair of trekking poles.

With plenty of water and beach attire in tow, begin your hike by climbing into the woodlands. Immediately beginning the descent, you will soon reach a rock field that is easily navigable. Continue hiking southeast through the open forest, and you will reach the upper end of a rock glacier, mind your footing and admire the grandeur of the bounding cliffs. In the spring and after rain, you will likely be accompanied by a meandering creek.

Continue climbing, and you will eventually reach another scree field. Beyond this point, the steepness will intensify, so take your time, and you will eventually reach the shoreline. Cool off in the refreshing waters, rest, and rehydrate. When you are ready, retrace your footing along the path, all the way back up to the trailhead.

Getting to the Maiden Rock Trail Trailhead

Access this adventure from the trailhead off Butler Creek Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Backcountry Camping

  • When to do


  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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