Pillick Ridge Trail #1036 Year Round Difficult


Pillick Ridge Trail # 1036 is on the west side of Hwy 56 and offers great views of the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness form up high. Although the trail is 11 miles and 3400 vertical feet one way, you don't have to go too far for great views. When we did this the first time, we hiked over the ridge to Napoleon Gulch and out to the road and hitchhiked back to the car. By hiking about 3 hours, you come near the top of the ridge where the views of the Wilderness are. You can return to the car without too much effort.
If you do hike to the top which was called Squaw Peak, now Star Peak, there is a lookout tower on top.
What's really cool about the top is the outhouse. Yes, I said the outhouse. It sits on the edge of the summit and overlooks Hwy 200.
To get to the trailhead, drive east from Sandpoint on Hwy 200 to Hwy 56. Turn left (north) and drive to milepost 7 and look for the trail signs. Turn left (west) and drive a short distance to the trailhead.


Cool things to see: Bull River drainage, Cabinet Mountain Wilderness, wildflowers and the Clark Fork River.