Mother Nature created a picture perfect marriage of early winter snow, spectacular scenery and many bright sunny days in the Priest Lake Basin. This natural winter paradise, coupled with the area's love of snowmobiles, has produced a groomed trail system in excess of 400-miles and a local business orientation that caters to snowmobile enthusiasts. Check us out this winter season!
The groomed trail system encircles both Priest Lake and Upper Priest Lake and affords easy access to spectacular powder pushing play areas. Snowmobile trails are mostly on either state or federal forest service roads ranging in elevation from 2,500 to over 7,000-feet
- The trails traverse through heavy timber, windswept ridges and snow-filled bowls above the tree line.
- There is no need to trailer your sled to a trailhead either. The trail system can be easily accessed from the doorstep of most of the area's resorts and lodging establishments.
- Snowmobile trail maps are available at most businesses in the area.
- Snowmobile rentals are readily available through the recreation equipment rental outlets below and arrangements can be made to deliver your rental sled to your resort.
Active West Adventure Company: 208.443.0101
Crown Jewel Water Sports, LLC: 208.691.3719
Priest Lake Powersports: 208.443.2415
Selkirk Guiding and Outfitting: 865.806.9491 Rick or 865.207.7203 Tonia
Do you thrill at the thought of awe inspiring panoramic views, the beauty of nature's snow castles, and the winter wonderland of deep forests with trees heavily laden with great heaping mounds of snow? If any of this stirs the cockles of your heart, and it's sometime between November and April, you probably need to be loading the sleds and heading for Priest Lake.
Check out our Nordic Sports
Compliments of Priest Lake Groomer Advisory Board &
Priest Lake Chamber Of Commerce
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View the Priest Lake Nordic Trail Report
AVALANCHE DANGER CAN BE HIGH IN THE AREA
PLEASE BE CAREFUL!
Check with the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center for an Avalanche Advisory.
The numerous alpine lakes cradled deep within the Selkirks are one of the most outstanding attractions of the area. These lakes, combined with the access trails to them, provide the outdoor enthusiast a taste of some of Mother Nature's finest handiwork.
The most spectacular of these mountain lakes are in the mountains above the east side of Priest Lake. They include Hunt Lake, Fault Lake, Standard Lake and numerous others nestled in high mountain bowls.
The roads and trails into these gems vary greatly in difficulty of travel. If you are not familiar with the route to your destination lake, it is best to check with the Idaho Department of Lands office at the foot of Cavanaugh Bay before you depart. They can update you on road/trail conditions and other activities in the area such as logging operations, etc.
The reward for the more rigorous terrain is that fewer people will be encountered along the route and at the alpine lake. Some of the lakes can be visited in a day trip while other more isolated lakes will require overnight camping. If you enjoy backpacking, camping in the wilderness, and fishing alpine lakes, you won't be disappointed in trekking to these secluded hideaways--and exploring the unpublished trail systems that link many of these lakes.
There are two popular alpine lakes in the mountains on the west side of Priest Lake. They are Petit Lake Muskegon Lake. Both lakes have a vehicle parking area nearby. If you are so inclined, drop a line in either lake and you will likely have a fish on the other end in a blink of an eye. Since both of these lakes are located in Washington, fishing regulations of that state apply.
NOTE: This trails to the alpine lakes system are not maintained and travel may include negotiating downfalls, brush, and other obstacles. Land navigation equipment and skills may be required to remain on the correct roads and trails as some are not well marked. High clearance or 4X4 vehicles are recommended to access trailheads. Information and maps for the east side alpine lakes are available at the Idaho Department of Lands office at the foot of Cavanaugh Bay.