submitted by Phil Hough of the “Friends of Scotchman Peaks”

Our Approach

Trails are central to Quality of life in North Idaho and provide crucial access to the county’s lakes and rivers, public lands, and towns. A recent study by Headwaters Economics indicates that 75 percent of surveyed residents used local trails last year. Trails can link our landscapes and connect our communities, and the Trails Plan is an important tool in developing and documenting the community’s vision for trails.

Our Story

In 2014, the Bonner County Trail Mix Committee was created. The Trail Mix Committee is made up of representatives from local trail and recreation groups and the county, local cities, and state and federal agencies. In the fall of 2014, the Trail Mix Committee began working with Idaho Conservation League and The Trust for Public Land to build on the county’s earlier trail planning work. Using grant funding (from the LOR Foundation) and financial support from local groups, the project partners completed this trails plan, which prioritizes potential new trails based on extensive community input.

Trail Mix Organizations


Bonner County
Board of Commissioners
Bonner County Planning
& Zoning Commission
Bonner County Planning Staff
Cities of Sandpoint, Ponderay,
and Kootenai
Friends of the Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail
Idaho Conservation League
Idaho Department of Lands
Idaho Trails Association
Kaniksu Land Trust
LOR Foundation
North Idaho Bikeways

Panhandle Backcountry
Horsemen Association
Panhandle Riders
Pend Oreille Pedalers
Priest Lake Snowmobile & Trails Club
Rotary Club
Sandpoint Bike and Pedestrian
Advisory Committee
Sandpoint Nordic Club
Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce
Trails Advisory Group
The Trust for Public Land
U.S. Forest Service