Located south of downtown Coeur d'Alene, Tubbs Hill rises gently above the surrounding urban landscape. With pine foresting, numerous trails, and picturesque views of the surrounding area and Coeur d'Alene Lake, Tubbs Hill is easily the most prominent geographical landmark for residents of the town.
Parking at McEuen Park, other Parking Options
Tubbs is easily accessible from both downtown CDA and the neighboring Garden District located on the east side of the hill. With plenty of parking near McEuen Park and free, though limited parking near the eastern entrance; there is no shortage of entry to this iconic scenery. Even during peak tourism season during the middle of summer, the hill is not known for crowds or high traffic thanks to its large size and expansive trail system.
Tubbs Hill Hiking Trails
Known for its breathtaking views of Coeur d'Alene Lake and beautiful vegetation, the surplus of trails only makes enjoying Tubbs Hill that much easier. There are options for both beginner to intermediate hikes, from nearly flat and smooth trails to rugged and primarily uphill climbing gauntlets. The main trail will take you from the downtown entrance to the east entrance on the opposing side of the hill, with visibility of the lake during the entire journey. The trail is mostly flat, with few variations in terrain, great for those with children or the movement impaired. At only 2 miles of length, this easy trek is the ideal way to experience Tubbs like a local.
Swimming in Lake Coeur d'Alene, Diving off Tubbs Hill
Along the edges of the hill, and usually accessible from the main trail, are numerous beaches and coves that make for superb swimming holes. Many of these spots are shielded by large rocks and trees, offering both privacy and intimate connection with the surrounding nature. Some of the more popular and well-known swimming locations are even more accessible and quite spacious, so you're sure to find the perfect spot for a relaxing dive. Lake temperatures are warmest during July and August, sitting at around 70 degrees. Night swimming is a popular activity around Tubbs during the hot summer days, and the shining lights across the lake make it even better.
History of Tubbs Hill
Through its long-standing history, Tubbs Hill has had its public access defended many times. From 1936 to 1973, there were multiple attempts at purchasing parts or the entirety of Tubbs Hill for commercial and private use. These attempts were met with active objection from the CDA community and were never allowed to move forward, keeping Tubbs free for public enjoyment. The hill was granted public ownership in 1974 and has since then been free of potential misuse or purchase so that it can be appreciated without restriction by all. If you're interested in learning more about the unique history and battle for this CDA legacy landmark, consider heading on over to the Friends of Tubbs Hill website.