Tubbs Hill is a must-visit hidden gem right at the core of downtown Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Start planning your Tubbs Hill visit with this guide by Best of Coeur d’Alene.
It is undeniable that the main attraction of Coeur d’Alene is its breathtaking natural backdrop. Bordered by the stunning Lake Coeur d’Alene and towering Coeur d’Alene Mountains, CDA – also known as Lake City – is perched on one of the most impressive locations of Idaho.
So, if you are looking for an adventurous experience in nature or on the lookout for things to do with the family in CDA, you are definitely not going to be short of alternatives. But among the many options, there is one must-visit spot: Tubbs Hill.
Tubbs Hill in CDA: What to Expect
Named after Tony Tubbs in the early 1990s, Tubbs Hill is a natural area located a stone’s throw from downtown CDA, and on the cliffs bordering Lake Coeur d’Alene. Originally purchased by the CDA City Council in 1936 to be turned into a municipal power plant, Tubbs Hill was turned into public ownership in 1974.
Today, the 120-acre natural area welcomes an estimated 150,000 visitors each year and is the number 1 thing to do in CDA! Bordered by the lake and the stunning McEuen Park, Tubbs Hill is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the natural environment of CDA while being a short stroll away from the town center.
Thanks to the 2.2-mile (3.5 km) interpretive trail that runs lakeside along the edges of the park, Tubbs Hills is today a classic Coeur d’Alene hike that is the perfect CDA park for experienced hikers and beginners alike.
For nature lovers, as the Tubbs Hill Foundation continues its work to restore Tubbs Hill’s native habitat, the park is returning to its original glory, which included dense forests of pine trees and shrubs. And, you’ll never be short of breathtaking views over the lake throughout the hike!
Location and Tubbs Hill Trailhead
To enjoy the Tubbs Hill in CDA Idaho hiking loop, you’ll only need to walk a few minutes away from downtown, towards the southwestern corner of McEuen Park. This spot, which you can find at 210 S. 3rd Street marks Tubbs Hill’s trailhead.
After following the marked trails from the entrance of McEuen Park, you can decide in which direction to enjoy the loop. However, bear in mind that the back loop will begin with a very hilly section. If you are more interested in the views than in the hike, signposts from 1 to 13 offer the best panoramic views over the lake – you can turn back from there!
Planning Your Tubbs Hill Visit
Tubbs Hill is among the most trafficked hikes in the CDA area – but this doesn’t make the trail any less impressive. What’s more is that there are a variety of trails and sections you could choose from in Tubbs Hill, and you can certainly find the right option for your skill levels.
Some key information to keep in mind when visiting Tubbs Hill include:
- Suitable for all skill levels
- Perfect from May to October
- For winter hiking, you might need microspikes or snowshoes
- A parking space is available at the trailhead
- There are toilets and cafes at each end of the trail
- The park is accessible for dogs, but they must be kept on a leash
- Open fires, smoking, and glass containers are prohibited
Visiting Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – Where to Next?
One of the benefits of choosing Tubbs Hill for your hike is the park’s proximity to the town center. So, if you are unsure about your next stop, check out some of the best cafes and restaurants in downtown CDA such as Menagerie Bistro and Buddakan.