Coeur d’Alene is located in the Idaho Panhandle on beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene, 40 minutes east of Spokane, Washington. Coeur d’Alene is at the heart of Idaho’s big water-mountain land where Interstate 90 meets Highway 95, 100 miles south of the Canadian border.
The Trail begins at the base of Tubbs Hill in downtown Coeur d’Alene. For the more adventuresome, Mudgy actually begins his search for Millie at the southernmost tip of Tubbs Hill, about a half mile down a dirt path that circles Tubbs Hill. (Tubbs Hill, a natural area next to The Coeur d’Alene Resort surrounded by a two-mile hiking trail, was named for an early Coeur d’Alene resident.)
The trail then follows a 2 1/4 mile route to the Coeur d’Alene Library, through the downtown area, around the Resort’s famed boardwalk, and through the City Park before ending at Independence Point overlooking the lake.
The Trail is open all year. However, Coeur d’Alene enjoys a four-season climate and during the winter months, portions of the trail may be covered with ice and snow. The Trail is open during daylight hours and there is no charge for enjoying the walk.
There are city parking lots at various locations throughout downtown Coeur d’Alene. The major city lot, located next to The Coeur d’Alene Resort, offers two hours of free parking and is near the Tubbs Hill nature area.
Depending on the time of year you travel to North Idaho, there are many family-friendly attractions. By far the best known is Silverwood Theme Park complete with roller coasters, a waterpark, and other fun activities. For a complete list of activities as well as lodging options, restaurants, and other facilities, visit the Visitor Center at the Coeur d’Alene Chamber offices at First and Sherman in downtown Coeur d’Alene or online at www.coeurdalene.org.
Mudgy & Millie books and plush toy are available at Figpickels Toy Emporium, The Resort Logo Shop at The Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, The Angel Gallery, Christmas At The Lake, Marketplace Gifts, the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, Cedar St. Bistro, The Well-Read Moose, Auntie’s Bookstore, Coeur d’Alene Souvenir, Huckleberry Thicket, and the Museum of North Idaho.