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Navigation Trail #291 (Priest Lake)
LENGTH: 8.1 miles
RESTRICTIONS: Open to foot traffic only

Navigation Trail #291

An adventure on Priest Lake isn’t complete without hiking Navigation Trail #291. The trail passes through valley and side hill terrain. Along the trail there is an old trappers cabin, beaver ponds, abundant wildlife and breathtaking scenery.

Developed campgrounds located at the north end of Upper Priest Lake (Navigation Campground) and the south end of Upper Priest Lake (Plowboy Campground).


1) At Nordman turn east onto Reeder Bay Road. Stay on the main road approx. 14 miles to Beaver Creek Campground. Turn right toward the campground then left uphill to the trailhead. Pull-through park available for trailers.

2) North on Hwy 57, Hwy 57 turns into graveled Forest Service Rd #302 approx. 4 miles past Nordman. Travel north on Rd. #302 approx. 14 miles until it turns into Rd. #1013 at the Granite Pass junction. The road to the trailhead is on the right side, located 5.5 miles up Rd. #1013. (1 mile past the Hughes Meadows turnoff.) Stock trailer parking available.

3) Trail can also be reached via Plowboy Mountain Trail #295.


Navigation Campground is located on the northwest shores of Upper Priest Lake, with majestic views of the Selkirk Crest. Four campsites are furnished with fire rings, picnic tables, and bear-proof storage boxes. Please note that this site has a Pack It In, Pack It Out policy on all garbage.

Beaver Creek Campground is situated on the shores of Priest Lake at an elevation of 2,500 feet, shaded by hemlock and cedar. Priest Lake consists of the main lake, where most water recreation takes place, and the smaller Upper Priest Lake to the north. The two lakes are divided by a narrow channel.



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