42 Priest Lake, Idaho • www.priestlake.org Your Place at Priest Lake Rates & Reservations 208 443-2447 Conveniently Located in the Recreation Paradise of Priest Lake, Idaho • 24 Guest Rooms (8 with Kitchenettes) • Seasonal RV Spaces with Full Hook-Ups • Tiki Tap Lounge • Conference Facilities • Laundromat On-Site • Satellite TV TheInnAtPriestLake.com • 5310 Dickensheet Road • Coolin, Idaho Adventure Awaits Debbie Anderson, Barb Conboy & Patty Engle As a local, we call the Priest Lake area “paradise.” All four seasons of the year, the outdoors gives us something to do. If you are a hiker, the Priest Lake area is once again: “paradise.” No matter what your idea of hiking is, we have it. Whether you are a first time hiker or an experienced trekker, Priest Lake and the surrounding Selkirk Mountains offer something for everyone. If you are looking of a relaxing walk and great place for panoramic photos, the lake’s west edge is home to the Lakeshore Trail. You can head north or south out of Hill’s or Elkins Resorts on a well-maintained walking path. For those seeking a quick and easy wilderness experience without going too far off the beaten path, Indian Creek State Park and Hannah Flats trails are perfect destinations. If you are in search of a challenge, the Selkirk Mountains are calling your name. Mt. Roothan, the Wigwams, Blacktail Mountain, Hunt Peak and Lookout Mountain, complete with a working lookout, offer hikers spectacular views, rock scrambles and some heart pounding adventures. For the hiker who reaches these heights, late spring and early summer offer you a bevy of beautiful wildflower-filled meadows and places for that well- earned trail lunch. Is high country not your thing? The Woodrat/Bulldog, Stagger Inn, or Plowboy trails all keep you in lower country while peaking your interest, as you wind though majestic ancient cedar groves that were home to many of our local homesteaders. If you look carefully you may just see some of our local history, and in the fall these woods are home to a variety of mushrooms - some edible and others NOT - but beautiful all the same. Want waterfalls and alpine lakes? Yes, we have those too! Granite Falls, American Falls, Packer Falls and Caribou Falls all offer a show of power and refreshment. Don’t forget your fishing pole when headed to the alpine lakes. Standard, Mollies and Hunt Lakes, to name a few, all offer the possibility of a fresh catch of the day! There are so many places to explore. All of them are beautiful and worth hiking time and time again. But wait! Before you put away those hiking boots for the winter, be sure to grab your boots and strap on your snowshoes. The trails here in the winter are just waiting for you to discover the serenity of a snow-covered Priest Lake with the mighty Selkirk’s sparkling in the late after sunshine. Check out the Priest Lake Snowmobile and Hiking Trails app to get you started in planning your next hike. You can also stop in at the Priest Lake Museum or the Forest Service ranger station on the west side of the lake or the Idaho Department of Lands office in Cavanaugh Bay on the east side for maps and hiking suggestions. Always be sure to tell someone staying behind where you are headed off to. Remember to take plenty of water, a jacket and a friendly hiking partner. After all, if you are going to be hiking in paradise, you might want to share it with someone else!