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Riding the Woodrat: Ride or Race above Priest Lake

North Idaho’s Priest Lake is known for its pristine waters and high-mountain peaks. It’s a place that’s frequented by many summer vacationers looking to escape the city grind. During the cooler late spring/early summer months, however, the low and mid-elevation mountain biking trails surrounding the lake are where it’s at. Whether you’re looking for a …

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On Moose Ridge. Photo: Sherry Mundt

Hike, Bike, Run, or Ride Priest Lake Trails? Thank a Horse!

Summer days draw outdoor enthusiasts to the Priest Lake area in droves, but not everyone is content to merely linger by the lake. The nearby trail systems attract hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders who access the backcountry on a network of trails leading from the shoreline to the surrounding mountain tops. Winter storms and …

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Paddling Upper Priest Lake As Easy As 1, 2, 3,***

IT’S A UBIQUITOUS SUMMER PHRASE in Spokane: “Going to the lake.” For some, the body of water referenced is Coeur d’Alene; for others, Newman or Hayden lakes. For many, though, the “lake” in the phrase is Priest, probably the most popular water destination in the area and certainly the most scenic (apologies to Pend Oreille …

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Still water of Priest Lake with mountain peaks and sun in the background.

Boatless At Priest Lake: Everyone Can Hike, Bike And Camp At The Big Lake

Everyone can have a “lake place” if you consider all the public campgrounds and backcountry alpine lakes that are available for little to no cost. Only a two-hour drive from Spokane, Priest Lake is one of mine. It provides an easy, low-cost retreat even for minimalist outdoor recreationists—you don’t need a boat to have fun. …

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A old black and white vintage photo of two women canoeing.

Once More to The Lake

I’ll start by invoking Tom’s words at the opening of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.” Tom tells the audience that they’ll be watching a memory play, and that “Being a memory play, it is dimly lighted, it is sentimental, it is not realistic.” Such may be the case here.  The picture accompanying this story is my grandmother, then Amanda Algaier, not …

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