Indian Creek Community Forest is a 350 acre property managed by the Kalispel Tribe Natural Resources Department and dedicated to outdoor environmental education and recreation. The Arboretum Loop Trail is the first completed recreation trail within the property, with more to be added in the coming years. The mission of Indian Creek Community Forest is "to bring community forest partners together to guide and lead visitors to a better understanding and appreciation of the local forest ecosystem, and to inspire future natural resource careers, and good land stewardship ethics by developing trails, facilities, and educational and interpretive materials."
The Arboretum Loop Trail is slightly over a half mile with very little elevation change, and was designed to be an easy hiking route to highlight the native tree and shrub varieties that call this ecosystem home. Interpretive signage is located along the route, so a hike here is easy, meditative, and educational. At the point farthest from the parking lot, two benches provide a lovely place to stop and enjoy the sounds of nature at a viewpoint facing the Pend Oreille River near the mouth of Indian Creek.
The trail is open to hiking in the summer, and Nordic skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Biking is not permitted. Visitors are asked to note that hunting may be occurring on the property during various Washington hunting seasons, so blaze orange/pink is recommended during those periods.