The Priest Lake area stretches 1,000 square miles from the lowland wetlands to the 7,600-ft peaks of the Selkirk mountain range. Between you will find old growth cedar forests, small lakes and waterfalls, lots of wildlife, and very friendly natives. Each of the locals has a favorite annual outing, and share some of the very best.
Pick up a map of hiking trails from the US Forest Service Priest Lake Ranger Station on Highway 57. Consider the beautiful Navigation Trail from Beaver Creek to Upper Priest.
More great adventures:
Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars Scenic Area
A unique area of old-growth cedar named for President Theodore Roosevelt, 14
miles north of Nordman. These giants range from 4 to 12 feet in diameter and
reach heights of 150 feet. Average age estimated at 800 years, with a few
reaching back 2000-3000 years. There is a one-mile loop trail around Granite
Falls and an easy foot trail along the creek that leads you to a viewpoint of
the Lower Falls cascading over a sheer rock wall.
Near the Canadian border, the Upper Priest River flows over a rock outcrop to
form a stunning wall of white water, also known as Upper Priest Falls.
The nature trail takes visitors on a short walk through a cedar grove that
survived the 1926 fire, burning over 80,000 acres in the Priest Lake area.
Located near the USFS ranger station.
A small mountain lake at the base of Gunsight Peak. Access trailhead from
the Horten Creek Road via the East Shore Road.
A fragile 10-acre closed watershed (no streams in or out). Access by a jeep
trail from USFS road #311.
A panoramic view from the crow's nest at 45-ft above the top of the world. Drive
16 miles on forest service roads then hike about 1/2 mile to see Upper Priest
Lake, Hughes Meadows, and surrounding ridges.