Great Hiking Adventures at Priest Lake

Priest lake creates a hiker’s paradise where one can very easily escape to the solitude and beauty of mother nature. Each trail has its own unique characteristics that vary from deep, virgin cedar forests, to panoramic vistas of the selkirk mountains and the lake, to shoreline excursions that afford easy access to magnificent sandy beaches.

Priest Lake in the FallThe Priest Lake Ranger District maintains a hiking trail system on the federal lands to the west, northwest, and along the west shorelines of both Priest Lake and Upper Priest Lake. The trails are well marked and free from most obstacles. A Priest Lake trails booklet is available free of charge at the Priest Lake Ranger District office.

The Priest Lake Area Office of the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) manages the state-owned lands to the east of Priest Lake. These state lands are managed exclusively as endowment lands to support the Idaho public school system. The trails on endowment lands are not maintained and travel may include negotiating downfalls and brush as well as using route finding skills. High clearance or 4X4 vehicles are recommended for accessing trailheads. The local area office produced informal hiking maps that are available to the public


should be taken when enjoying the rock slides.  Should you get injured while at the slides, EMS response and extrication will take hours to accomplish depending on weather and other conditions. 
Please be careful. Be respectful of others.

Snowmobile Update

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Nordic Trail Update

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Navigation Trail #291

Navigation Trail #291This is an excellent trail that leads to developed campgrounds located at the north end of Upper Priest Lake (Navigation...

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Kalispell Island #49

Kalispell Island #49This trail is an extremely easy hike that is approx. 2.5 miles around Kalispell Island. The trail runs along the back of...

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Hanna Flat Trail #600

Hanna Flat Trail #600The Hanna Flats Cedar Grove includes a very interesting and educational 1/4-mile interpretive nature trail. The trail takes you...

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Granite Falls #301

Granite Falls #301

Granite Falls #301The North Fork Granite Creek winds through stands of towering ancient western red cedar trees. Some of these towering giants date...

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Lakeshore Trail #294

Lakeshore Trail #294This is a very popular and well-used trail. It traverses the west shoreline for approx 7 ½ miles from just north of Granite...

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Please help keep the Priest Lake area pristine so it will be as enjoyable for future generations as it has been for you.


Use and protect this wonderful resource so that future generations may find their wilderness legacy a reflection of our care and concern for the magnificent natural environment of Priest Lake. Happy Hiking!!