Short Hike to Copper FallsAugust 23, 2014
Today we took a leisurely hike into the Idaho Panhandle National forest about a mile from the Canadian border. The air was crisp and clean, and the temperature was about 60 degrees. Since the short one mile hike starts with walking uphill, we warmed up quickly. The trail winds around ridges, crosses the stream on a short wooden walkway, and winds through open forest dead falls.
A nice open deck at the upper falls provides a great overlook where we rested and took a few photos. The back trail splits to finish the loop to the lower falls area, where another overlook reveals the stream and lower falls.
We did not see another person until we were almost back to the parking area. We do admit to being a little edgey walking alone through grizzly habitat. Of course, the worst part of that is passing by the grizzly warning signs. We do have bear bells attached to our walking sticks, to make noise to scare off the black bears and, of course, to provide a little extra roughage for the grizzlies.
along the way.