Accordingly this recreational trail was to have warning signs at the trail heads identifying the health risks associated with use of the trail.
From the 2003 Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation brochure for
The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes: Protect Yourself by Following these Rules
- Stay on the trail
- Wash hands and face before eating
- Eat at designated waysides and trail heads
- Remove dirt from clothes, toys, pets, shoes, and equipment before leaving the area
- Don't let children play near shorelines or off the trail
- Carry water for drinking and washing.
At the Pinehurst Trailhead you will see a small section on the trail information sign with the heading:
"The trail and designated safe areas are not health concerns. However, heavy metals may occur in soils and sediments near rural portions of the trail.
Ingestion of heavy metals poses a health risk especially to young children and pregnant women.
It is imperative to follow trail rules so you aren't exposed to contaminants."