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How to Access Priest Lake from the International Selkirk Loop

Have you ever dreamed of embarking on a picturesque road trip through stunning landscapes across international borders, whether for a week-long adventure from July through mid-August or just a couple of nights during the rest of the year? Look no further than the International Selkirk Loop. Stretching through the rugged beauty of Idaho, Washington, and British Columbia, Canada, this scenic byway offers travelers a journey like no other.

What is the International Selkirk Loop?

The International Selkirk Loop is a 280-mile scenic drive that winds through the Selkirk Mountains, offering breathtaking views of pristine lakes, lush forests, and charming small towns along the way. Named after the Selkirk Mountains that it traverses, this loop showcases the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.

Accessing Priest Lake through the Loop

One of the highlights of the International Selkirk Loop is its accessibility to Priest Lake, a gem nestled in the northern part of Idaho. To reach Priest Lake from the loop, travelers can exit onto ID-57, which leads directly to the lake. As you drive towards Priest Lake, be prepared to be mesmerized by the towering peaks, crystal-clear waters, and dense forests that line the route.

Exploring Priest Lake

Once you arrive at Priest Lake, a world of outdoor adventure awaits. Whether you’re an avid outdoor enthusiast or simply seeking relaxation in nature, Priest Lake has something for everyone. Here are a few activities to consider during your visit:

Boating and Water Sports: With over 25,000 acres of pristine water to explore, Priest Lake is a paradise for boating, kayaking, paddleboarding, and fishing enthusiasts. Rent a boat or bring your own and spend a day cruising along the tranquil waters or casting a line in search of trophy-sized trout.

Hiking and Nature Trails: Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails surrounding Priest Lake to discover the beauty of the Selkirk Mountains up close. There are trails suitable for all skill levels, from leisurely strolls along lakeside paths to challenging hikes to panoramic viewpoints.

Renting a Cabin: Extend your stay at Priest Lake by renting a cozy cabin nestled in the woods. Enjoy the comforts of home while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings. Wake up to the sound of birds chirping and enjoy evenings gathered around a crackling fire pit under the stars.

Wildlife Viewing and Photography: Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as deer, moose, bald eagles, and osprey that call Priest Lake home. Capture the beauty of the natural surroundings with your camera as you explore the rugged landscapes and tranquil waterscapes.

Priest Lake promises an unforgettable experience that perfectly complements the scenic beauty of the International Selkirk Loop. So as you embark on your road trip through this picturesque region, be sure to carve out some time to explore the wonders of Priest Lake and create cherished memories that will last

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