We spent about thirty minutes at trapper then hiked back out and found another spot. One of our favorite hikes in the Summer. Priest Lake State Park is located near the Canadian Border, nestled deep below the crest of the Selkirk Mountains. Western red cedar, hemlock, and the increasingly rare white pine tower overhead; beargrass and delicate, ground-hugging pipsissewa decorate the forest floor. This crossing weighed heavily on our minds through the night and the next morning, and made our hike back seem like sort of a death march. It is probably at least waist deep, and flowing dangerously fast right now. There are only two steep sections on the return and they are only about 50 feet in length. There are only two steep sections on the return and they are only about 50 feet in length. Turn off your ad blocker to see a map of this trail, Shedroof Divide Trail #512 from Pass Creek to Helmer Mountain. There were more trees down as you went north that you had to climb over or skirt around. It was cold in early October! Beach site to myself. The first half had good hand holds on the downriver side to keep your balance, but the second half does not and this end of the log isn't completely grounded, so there is some movement. Once we found it, getting to the lake was easy. The trail is straight north up to the southwest corner of Upper Priest Lake and up along the west bank as far as you like. I do NOT recommend using this log. Beautiful trail- went to trapper creek campground. Being a jerk / offensive? My friend was able to continue on his feet, using the smaller log as a handhold. The 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. • At the parking lot, cross the road and enter the forest of large cedars, hemlocks, and ferns. Trail, USFS - Idaho Panhandle National Forests Office. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. I didn't worry too much about his post because I assumed the crossing would be further along the trail and we could find a campsite before. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. We went back to the main trail that continues through the forest but did not again see the lake as we went only about a mile further north and turned around due to time. My friend made it across no problem, but I carried my dog across and found myself losing my balance about 8 feet from the far edge of the river. Start early. Both spots are on the western edge of Upper Priest Lake. Great, easy hike that leads you to camping on the sandy beaches. Create Recommended Route or A Priest Lake trails booklet is available free of charge at the Priest Lake Ranger District office. Hiked over or around 10 blow downs. Would not recommend for biking past geisinger as there are many large trees down past there unless you don’t mind the extra work- Trapper beach is so so nice! Since Nathan was a first-timer and only 9-years old I didn't want to tackle a more technical route. We tried a few different options but found that many of the logs were simply floating and some had some pretty pokey bushes on them that made attempting to use them undesirable. We finally hopped across a small tributary to the roots of the largest downed tree; the one most downriver. After the 45-minute or so paddle to Upper Priest Lake, you can have a picnic, enjoy the scenery, fish, swim, hike on the trails that surround the lake, and then head for home toward the end of the day, or, you can decide to utilize one of the four developed and numerous undeveloped camping sites that literally surround the lake. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, bird watching, and canoeing and is best used from May until November. From the Beaver Creek Campground, the trail wanders through sun-dappled forest. Your FREE account works with all Adventure Projects sites. 22' Down My buddy and I hiked upriver a few hundred feet and found a decent log to cross on. Upper Priest Lake is a 18.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Coolin, Idaho that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. This is an easy flat path that winds through an old cedar and pine forest. Trail is easy to follow. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. On the way back, we decided to venture downriver from the trail as we could see a log jam on the GPS. Taking other people's content (text, photos, etc) without permission is a copyright violation and Something else? good hike, trail head is a bit hard to find, but once you're on it it's pretty quick moving. I do have to concur with Steve B. below in that this trail might not be suitable for everyone at this time due to the river crossing. the creek / River crossing is cold and slick. The ranger told us we would need to cross the creek so we came prepared with a towel and our Crocks. Just as I was about to throw my corgi to my friend, I was able to run it out. Upper Priest Lake is a 30.4 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Coolin, Idaho that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. This is about an injury or accident We then had to wander through the forest for 200 yards to find the trail. The trail is an easy mountain bike trail. Dirty pampers, broken camp chair, TP scattered around the trees, garbage in fire rings. An Adventure Projects staff member will review this and take an appropriate action, but we generally don't reply. Hiked in from the North (FS 655) to Trapper Creek. NOT OKAY! Bring a pack with a jacket and plenty of water.