Tubbs Hill juts into Coeur d'Alene Lake and has an island feel to it as we arrive to hike the hill's circumference via the "Lake Trail". Along for the endeavor is.....
.....Jack the Dog. The trail initially stays high above the water as we looked for easy access to the shore so Jack could go for a swim.
The lake is huge and I should post its dimensions but take my word for it...HUGE.
At last we found an accessible beach where Jack enjoyed plunging into the water to fetch sticks that we threw. We ended with 2.3 miles of hiking. And with that, we decided to return to southern AZ a day early. Coeur d'Alene is a beautiful area but doesn't seem to be the cycling/hiking rich area I imagined. Hindsight being what it is, would have much preferred to linger in a couple of areas through which we drove so with that knowledge, we'll plan differently, next time. Including not staying in a hotel and eating lunch and dinner out every day. Somehow, with all the time sitting while driving, no big hikes/bike rides, eating out every day, etc... I gained only 1 pound. I think we ate healthy so that was a plus.
I've scheduled a group hike up Elephant Head but not via the traditional southern start but from a northwest start. We'll end up at the saddle to the left of the "head" and then climb the back side. Should be quite an adventure.