Still, despite overuse and abuse, Upper Priest Lake remains a beautiful and worthwhile paddle destination, probably one of the premier lakes of this sort in the Northwest. Sandpoint Ranger District 1602 Ontario St. Sandpoint, ID 83864 (208) 263-5111. The length of this trail follows along the Upper Priest River and ends at the junction of Continental Creek Trail, #28 which continues on to the Upper Priest River Falls also know as the American Falls. Both spots are on the western edge of Upper Priest Lake. Since Nathan was a first-timer and only 9-years old I didn't want to tackle a more technical route. This is a very scenic trail, and offers excellent views of old growth cedar and lush river bottom vegetation. Bonners Ferry Ranger District 6286 Main Street Bonners Ferry, ID 83805 (208) 267-5561 . The first four miles of the trail are in timber cover until you reach the lake where it then opens up and follows the shoreline until reaching Trapper Creek Campground. Upper Priest River Trail est un sentier allez-retour de 18.6 miles modérément fréquenté situé près de Nordman, Idaho. The trail is in grizzly bear and mountain caribou habitat. A rather pretty hike along Upper Priest Lake’s eastern shore, this trail is dotted with sandy beaches, great views of Priest Lake and a bit of history as well in the form of an old log cabin and a short mine shaft. From Upper Priest Lake the trail continues south, eventually turning into trail #58, which ends at Lion Head Campground; You can connect to the American Falls trail on the northern end, but that entails hiking on a forest road for several miles; You could turn this into a one-way by combining it with trail #58, but it makes for a rather lengthy shuttle drive ; Things to Consider. I chose this hiking spot because it is a pretty scenic trail and basically a very level trail, except for the stretch between Plowboy and Navigation that has some ups and downs to it. Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District. The trail passes by an old mine shaft and also Coolin's cabin. Priest Lake Ranger District 32203 Highway 57 Priest River, ID 83856 (208) 443-2512. It’s well worth an overnight stay at either Geisinger or Trapper Creek, both featuring pit toilets and bear-proof containers. For Priest Lake, this friction is certainly a fact; for nearby Upper Priest Lake, the conflict would probably be better described as a crisis (***more on this later). This trail offers a pleasant, easy hike to Upper Priest Lake.