We made it! Hello Idaho!
Our first stop in Idaho was Priest Lake, known as “Idaho’s Crown Jewel”, located in the northern tip of the state.
They boast a “Four Season Paradise” with “Hawaii like sand beaches”, 25 miles of pristine lake for boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boarding and swimming with the Selkirk Ridge mountains along its Eastern flank for hiking. Their golf course is open May to October, and in the wintertime, groomed and cross-country ski and snow-shoe trails are very popular. Don’t get me wrong, it was beautiful. Hawaii like sand beaches? Not so sure.
We have a habit of reading almost all signage when we enter a new park or begin a new hike. I always feel better when we are reminded of exactly where we are.
We were able to get a campsite at Luby Bay, located on the lower western side of the lake. Check out the map below.
There is a narrow, winding dirt road that runs along the perimeter of the lake, with short access roads into the various campgrounds.
The next day, we took the paddle board to the beach and enjoyed hanging out on a beautiful afternoon. The water temperature was surprisingly perfect! Someone forgot to take a picture of our campsite, but we did take pictures taken from lakeside.
The following day was a bit cooler so we decided to take a hike instead of braving the water. We took a four-mile round-trip hike on Lakeview Mountain.
Maybe they want us to register because we are in grizzly country? The trail was well maintained through a wooded forest.
Even though it was only a four mile round-trip hike, the first two miles to the peak were continuously uphill. The view of Priest Lake was worth it.
The next day we packed up camp and continued south/southeast to Bayview, ID. We enjoyed lunch with Scott’s step sister, Liz, her mom and step-dad at the marina. It was a pleasure to meet Liz’s parents, and to spend a few hours together. They eagerly shared historical information about Lake Pend Oreille and what happens when cougars get too close to the towns. Yikes!!!!
Our next stop is Lewiston, Idaho, where we will visit Scott’s sister and celebrate her birthday!