June 20, 2010 in Outdoors

Group offers ways to connect in Selkirks

By The Spokesman-Review
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Chimney Rock is a popular and iconic hiking destination in the Selkirk Mountains of Idaho north of Sandpoint.
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Selkirks resources

American Selkirks hiking map , free. Available at visitor’s centers in Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry and the Outdoors Experience in Sandpoint or order it online at http://bit.ly/selkirksmap.

100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest, (Mountaineers Books, $16.95) available at area outdoors and book stores or online.

Other guided hikes

Several other conservation groups are leading guided hikes this summer and fall to introduce the public to choice areas proposed for wilderness designation.

Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, has a free map of trails north and northeast of Lake Pend Oreille and 12 guided treks scheduled through summer and early fall.

Info: www.scotchmanpeaks.org/

Conservation Northwest, has six more guided hikes in its summer series, including the annual Kettle Range Rendezvous hikes, activities and gathering next weekend.

Info: www.conservationnw.org/ (Click on “Calendar.”)

Washington Trails Association and Conservation Northwest have scheduled a series of work party trips for people who want to enjoy trails, and offer a bit of payback for the pleasure.

Info: www.wta.org or www.conservationnw.org.

Hikers can get a jump start on exploring Idaho’s Selkirk Mountains with a new trails map and by joining a series of guided summer hikes.

The Idaho Conservation League is coordinating eight hikes to choice portions of the Selkirks.

The group also has published a free color map, “The American Selkirks,” as a guide to 13 trails that are popular, for good reason.

The hiking series begins Saturday with a 9-mile round-trip trek to Harrison Lake near the Selkirk Crest west of Bonners Ferry.

The trips range from an easy dayhike to Roman Nose Lakes to a four-day backpack trip through the Salmo-Priest area in the northwest corner of the Idaho Panhandle.

Two of the hikes include Leave No Trace workshops suitable for families presented in the field by Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education, said Susan Drumheller, the ICL representative in Sandpoint.

The guided hikes are free, but space is limited and registration is required.

Preregister: (208) 265-3511 or www.idahoconservation.org.

Scheduled hikes

Saturday – Harrison Lake from Myrtle Creek, 9 miles.

July 2-5 – Salmo-Priest backpack trip, strenuous for days on ridges including Snowy Top and Little Snowy Top mountains.

July 10 – Roman Nose Lakes Leave No Trace Hike, easy.

July 24 – Harrison to Beehive lakes scramble, moderately strenuous full-day hike on trails and over talus slopes.

July 31 – Harrison Lake Leave No Trace hike, easy.

Aug. 15 – Two Mouth Lakes, difficult, 8 miles.

Aug. 28 – Harrison Lake slow hike, 5 miles round trip at a pace friendly to families.

Sept. 18 – West Fork Lake and beyond, a “rather strenuous” full-day loop to a cabin, lake, and area fire lookout.

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