Priest Lake - Lakeshore Trail

Priest River, Idaho 83856

Priest Lake - Lakeshore Trail

Priest Lake - Lakeshore Trail Professional Review and Guide

"If you’re looking for an easy hike for ol’ Rover, one that’s perfect for both warm sunny days and cool rainy ones, look no farther than the Lakeshore Trail. This national recreation trail travels for more than 7 miles along the pristine northwestern shoreline of Priest Lake, the prettiest and most remote of northern Idaho’s grand lakes.

A nearly level path that leads to secluded beaches, coves, and cozy lakeside campgrounds, the Lakeshore National Recreation Trail can be accessed from four points, all originating off FR 2512. As you might expect from such an easily accessible trail, this hike is quite popular, especially with mountain bikers and trail runners. However, if you come here early or late in the season—when the youngsters are in school, the boats are in mooring, and the songbirds are in Mexico—chances are that you and your furry friend will have the trail to yourselves. Even during the heat of summer, trail use can be fairly light, when many would-be users are sunbathing instead. In any case, it’s best to keep your buddy on a leash."

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Trail Information

Priest River
Nearby City
200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
4 hours
Best May to November
2,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,600 feet
Top Elevation
Idaho Panhandle National Forests, Priest Lake Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Priest Lake NE, Priest Lake NW
Local Maps