Upper Priest River Trails
Trail#308, along the way
TRAIL#2 trailhead#28, is more difficult, but only 2.3 miles in length. This is one of the more scenic trails in the district, leading through a stand of old-growth cedars and berry thickets. There is a section near the falls that is steep & causes difficulty for some climbers. Open to pack animals and foot traffic (no motorized vehicles.) Both of these trails are popular. The area is home to grizzlies and woodland caribou- both endangered species- as well as deer, elk, black bears, etc.
TRAIL#3 trailhead#349 is the most difficult and is only for athletic and experienced hikers. Five miles from the 308 trailhead you take a left turn and almost immediately you must take your pack and boots/socks off and carry them above your head to cross the river. When we went in 1999, June 26, the river was raging and impossible or too dangerous to cross. This trail is no longer maintained by the local rangers, but you can find your way up the 3,320 foot elevation change. This is considered the most difficult hike in the district. This trail ends at the #512 Shedroof Divide Trail and so could be connected with those trails for a many day hike around the rooftop over Idaho, Washington, and Canada.
TRAIL#4 Another incredibly nice trail here formtbikers/hikers going all the way (5 miles)to Upper Priest Lake is trailhead 302 (10 miles round trip). At the right timeof year this trail is ecstasy. Clickhere for specific information and great photos of East Upper Priest LakeTrail.