Access to trail via Idaho Point Road or East Spring Creek Road
From Highway 200 take Trestle Creek Road 12 miles to meet ICT at the ridge.
From Highway 200 take Trestle Creek Road 12 miles to junction with Lunch Peak Road 1091. 4 miles from there to lookout. Can be rented but is otherwise locked up. Contact: 208-263-5111
From Naples, take FS 404 Road 8 miles to find ICT at a logging site.
On Highway 2. 10 Miles Northeast to Bonners Ferry, ID. 23 miles Southwest to Sandpoint, ID
From Highway 2 take McArthur Lake Road to spur road 4A. 1.4 miles. No visible trailhead.
From Pack River Road, take Roman Nose Lookout Road 5 miles to Dodge Peak access road.
From Pack River road take FS 293 Road to trailhead.
From East Shore Drive, take Hunt Creek Rd 9 miles to trailhead.
Take East Shore Drive to Lionshead Campground. Trail follows unmarked road just Northwest of Mosquito Bay on Priest Lake.
Access from Washington via Gold Creek Rd. Turn East on FS 655 Road to trailhead.
Access from Washington via Gold Creek Rd.
Access by trail only. 12 miles from trailhead.
Explore North Idaho on the Idaho Centennial Trail. This section has no shortage of picturesque lakes and raging peaks. Priest Lake and Pend Oreille are some of Idaho’s largest lakes with plenty of recreation options. Big views of the Selkirks, Cabinets, and Scotchman’s Peak draw your eyes in every direction. Ancient cedar groves and tumbling waterfalls await as you make your way to the Northern terminus.
The trail leaves Clark Fork and immediately runs into private property issues at the FS Trail 120 trailhead. Access to the trailhead is currently blocked. After finding your way to the trail by alternative means, a climb takes you to a long ridge walk with wide-open views of Lake Pend Oreille. The trail stays on the ridge above the lake as it makes its way North to Trestle Pass.
A short road walk leads you to Lunch Peak Lookout which can be reserved as shelter for a fee. At the lookout, the trail sets out again on single track towards Mount Pend Oreille. After skirting East around the summit, the trail continues along the ridge. Between Purdy and Calder Mountains, the tread is significantly tracked out by moose. The trail can be difficult to follow and you will find yourself lead to the muddy wallows that the moose enjoy.
Dropping down towards the Boulder Creek Road, you will find it has been closed and converted to single track. The trail crosses a large meadow and Inscription Rock before climbing again to Kelly Pass. Over the pass, the trail joins a logging road and heads down to Naples, ID.
Naples is a small town with a small country store/post office and a bar. More services are available in Bonners Ferry to the North and Sandpoint to the South. From Naples, the trail cuts towards McArthur Reservoir and then up to White Mountain. The forest has reclaimed the trail up the mountain so you will have a difficult time making your way to the ridge. This section can be bypassed by continuing Southwest on Highway 2 to Samuels and taking the Pack River Road.
Clear trail leads the way North along the ridge to Dodge Peak where it heads West, down to the Pack River. Across the River, the trail climbs to Fault Lake, nestled under the sheer walls of the Selkirk Mountains. Your route goes over the saddle to Hunt Lake although there is no trail. Boulder scramble up and over and be careful.
From the outlet of Hunt Lake, the trail stays high in the boulders on the South side, marked with faded orange spray paint. The maps indicate that the trial is lower but trying to find it will draw you deep into thick brush. The orange blazes lead you to a trailhead on a logging road which heads down to East Shore Road and Priest Lake. The paved road takes you north along the shore for a long road walk. On the way to Lionshead Campground, you can stop for milkshakes and hot pockets at the Priest Lake State Park store.
After dodging logging trucks on the road walk, the trail leaves the road just after the campground and goes through the Upper Priest Lake Roadless Area. The trail goes beachside so treat yourself to a swim. North of the lake and through a dense grove of cedar, the trail follows dirt roads to the Upper Priest Falls trailhead. From the trailhead, twelve miles along the beautiful Upper Priest River are all that separate you from the Northern Terminus at Upper Priest Falls.