I filled my lungs with some of the freshest air I have breathed in a while. The kind of air you just can’t find in the city. And surprisingly, this air was not deep in the woodland after hours of hiking. It was there the moment I climbed out of my car.
I threw on my pack and headed down the trail, smiling at some cyclists as they rode by in the opposite direction. It was one of those wonderful Idaho spring days where it started out at that perfect temperature for hiking, not too hot and not too cold. Soon enough though, I found myself taking cover under a tree to avoid the downpour of rain. Within a half hour I was sweating from the sun beating down on me. And at the end I barely missed another rain storm. As I said, a perfect spring day in North Idaho.
I walked for a few miles along the trail spotting heron, geese, and ducks before coming across a moose. Deciding to let the pretty lady have the trail to herself, I backed up and returned the direction I came. I passed my car in the lot and continued on the trail in the opposite direction. To this side there were more heron and turtles sunbathing on logs.
The Bull Run Lake Trailhead is part of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alene’s and offers a nice place to have a picnic and to see a variety of wildlife without having to go deep into the forest. The trail is easily accessible. After a short drive from Hwy 3, that includes a one-lane bridge, you arrive at the trailhead. The trail is used by walkers and bikers alike. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail, which adds to the peaceful quality of the area.
The trailhead has limited parking but does have a nice picnic area and a bathroom. So take your bike or grab your pack and enjoy a wonderful day breathing in the clean air, spotting wildlife, and soaking up the beauty of nature.
I love spending time with my family doing all the wonderful activities in the Inland Northwest.