The landscape at the southern end of Priest Lake is dominated by Sundance Mountain. In late summer of 1967, a forest fire erupted on Sundance and eventually consumed approximately 56,000 acres on the mountain and adjacent areas. A lookout tower sits atop this 6,300 foot peak and the summit is accessible by high-clearance, 4X4 vehicles during the summer.
In the winter, a major snowmobile route passes below the summit on the west side of the mountain at the 4,500 foot level. Depending on snow conditions, it is also sometimes possible to snowmobile to the summit of the mountain. However, even at the lower trail elevation, the views of the lake and surrounding mountains are spectacular. Don't be surprised to see deer or a moose in the forest leading up to Sundance Mountain.
Sundance is a more quieting experience. Its splendid views, crisp mountain air, and Mother Nature's bounty of flora and fauna beckon to the simple pleasures of life - a refreshing mind and body experience awaits you atop Sundance Mountain.
Sundance Mountain Lookout
This lookout is accessible with vehicles; there are trails at the top near the lookout.
Take Highway 57 to the Dickensheet Road going into Coolin (approximately 7 miles). Turn right at the Community Hall onto Cavanaugh Bay/Eastshore Road and go approximately 3/4 mile to Road #19 and turn right. Travel up this Road #19 for 0.9 miles to the junction of Roads #19/191. Bear right on Road #19 and follow for 2.8 miles to the junction of Roads #19/2. Take left onto Road #2 and follow for 1.4 miles to the junction of Roads #2/207. Bear right onto Road #207 and ascend for 2.3 miles to the lookout. The road is rough and 4-wheel drive is recommended.