Upper Priest Lake Navigation Trail

EASY 17 reviews
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Upper Priest Lake Navigation Trail is a 9.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bonners Ferry, Idaho that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

9.8 miles
1010 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly




mountain biking

paddle sports

trail running




From Nordman, ID turn right toward Reeder Bay and continue north to Beaver Creek Campground. Turn into campground entrance and follow signs to trailhead parking.

8 months ago

On this hot summer day, the breeze coming off of the lake was refreshing. The views are nice. The trail is easy to follow.

9 months ago

Beautiful forest trail and very easy hike! We backpacked in this past weekend and spent one night at Plowboy Campground on the south end of Upper Priest Lake. Nice little campground right on the lake with a very small beach area. Some of the sites have fire-pits and picnic tables too. Our site did not, but it was very roomy and set back in the trees with still a view of the lake. You can also go farther up the trail to Navigation Campground at the north end of the lake. Good for young families!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Walked to Upper Priest today. Great hike and very easy. We got to the lake and stepped down to the first beach we saw. A boat came down the shore and told us a bear was coming down the trail. Sure enough not 20ft. away a large black bear went by. made for a fast walk out. Was a beautiful hike.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Pretty easy trail. The lake is beautiful when you get to it. We backpacked and camped 2.7 miles in at Navigation campground.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

The hike was easy except for the Forrest fires in the area making breathing difficult. The lake was beautiful. I'm sure itnwouldnhave been gorgeous if it weren't tainted by smoke. The tra signs say 3 and 6 miles to the two different camp sites. We had a GPS with us and Ploughboh was 2.7
And Navigation was 5. Would like to go back in a clear day.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Good hike, easy trail.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

nice trail, i did it a few years ago

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Pretty and easy trail to Upper Priest. Nothing spectacular but a nice trail all the same.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Another scenic trail by Priest lake,Id. 2mi to the upper lake and 7 mi to the end. Great camping

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

An easy little trail. Fun for a family with younger kids. Nice view for the shore of the lake. There were some historical things to see along the way which made the trail more entertaining.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

My son and I did the first part of this trail as an overnight hike in June. It was pretty rainy and the trail was VERY muddy. We still had a great time, though. We camped 3 miles in at Plowboy Campground and had the whole place to ourselves. The campground was clean and had several amenities that made it attractive for families. The bear lockers and picnic table were much appreciated.

9 months ago

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