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ICL group hikes range from Lake Pend Oreille to high Selkirks


Recently reconstructed trails to Snow Lake, above, and nearby Bottleneck Lakes gave Sandpoint hikers Jared and Coral France easy access for a late September hike deep into the Idaho Selkirk Mountains. 
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Recently reconstructed trails to Snow Lake, above, and nearby Bottleneck Lakes gave Sandpoint hikers Jared and Coral France easy access for a late September hike deep into the Idaho Selkirk Mountains. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

HIKING — A June 4 hike along the proposed Pend Oreille Bay Trail kicks of the summer-long series of free guided North Idaho dayhikes organized by The Idaho Conservation League.

The hike series, which overlaps with a series of hikes offered by the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, is geared to introducing people to the wealth of backcountry trail attractions in the Selkirk and Cabinet Mountains.

Read on to see the list of hikes currently scheduled or go to the ICL North Idaho Hikes website to register for trips and see if more trips have been added to the season schedule.

IDAHO CONSERVATION LEAGUE

North Idaho Summer hikes series

  • Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail, June 4, starting at 2 p.m.
  • Kick off the North Idaho hike series on National Trails day with a 3-hour hike on the proposed Pend d'Oreille Bay Trail.

  • Geocaching 101, June 11, starting at 10:30 a.m., at Trout Creek Management Area.
  • Learn how to use GPS navigation in a real-world treasure hunting game while hiking on a little known trail along Trout Creek and the lower Pack River.  About five hours.

  • American Falls Overnight Backpack, June 25-26, starting 9 a.m. at Upper Priest River.
  • Enjoy an overnight backpacking trip on a gentle trail through one of the most magnificent old-growth rain forest canopies in the Rocky Mountains. Trail ends at a 45-foot waterfall known as both American Falls or the Upper Priest Falls. (The route is described in Trip 34 in 100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest, the hiker's Bible for this region.)

  • Pyramid/Ball Lakes—Leave No Trace, July 9 starting at 8 a.m.
  • The second Annual Selkirk Outdoor Leadership Leave No Trace Awareness Hike to Pyramid and Ball Lakes in the Idaho Selkirk Mounains. Allow a full day. (Route described in Hike 44 in 100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest.)

  • Harrison to Beehive Scramble , July 23, starting at 8 a.m.
  • Hike across the granite talus on the ridge between two lakes high along the Selkirk Crest in the upper Pack River Drainage of the Selkirk Mountains. (The off-trail route is mapped on page 178 of 100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest.) Allow a full day.

  • West Fork Lake and Peak, Aug. 7, starting at 7:30 a.m. 
  • Routes of up to 12 mile round trip described in Hike 40 in 100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest.

    Idaho Conservation League offers email alerts of upcoming hikes and events.




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