On October 15, 1998, more than 400,000 cubic yards of mud gushed from the North Hill of Bonners Ferry, wiping out Highway 95 and left behind a mass of mud on the Kootenai valley floor near Riverside Park.
Today, the North Hill offers a great outing for those interested in a view. Whether you park at the upper section of the old highway or at the lower section, users can enjoy the old road left behind.
In the near future, the North Hill basin will also offer the perfect location for a new trail system for mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners to explore. The Mudslide Trail on the North Hill guarantees to be the new favorite outdoor hangout, minus the mud!
Trail Activity: Walking, Trail Running, Hiking, Mnt. Biking, Snowshoeing, Pet-Friendly
Difficulty: Moderate, uphill/downhill on an old highway road
Trailhead Lower Trail Parking: 48°42'31.0"N 116°18'31.5"W
Trailhead Upper Trail Parking: Co Rd 29, 48.717927, -116.310708
Trail Facilities: Parking, Pack it in/Pack it out, Benches
New off road trail system coming soon.
Check out this great video description!
The 500-foot-wide slide involved an estimated 400,000 cy of material, undermined the highway, and 1,200 feet down slope it buried and scoured a county road and Union Pacific Railroad tracks.