Portage Trail

The Portage Trail is a short quartermile spur trail from Beaver Creek Campground to the Thoroughfare connecting upper and lower Priest Lakes. It’s probably far easier to put a kayak or canoe into lower Priest Lake at the campground, which features a convenient boat ramp, but that necessitates a half-mile paddle around a sandbar jutting out into lower Priest.

Location Selkirk Mountains
Rating 2.3 out of 5
Difficulty Easy
Distance 0.6 miles
Duration 0:09 hours moving time (hiking)
Elevation Gain 183 feet
High Point 2,580 feet (trailhead)
Low Point 2,429 feet (Thoroughfare)
Trail Type Out-and-back
Trailbed Former forest road, packed dirt
Water Beaver Creek Campground
Status Unprotected
Administration Kaniksu National Forest
Conditions Excellent
Permits None required
Camping Beaver Creek Campground
Maps USGS Priest Lake NE
Trailhead From Priest River, head north on ID-57 for 36.5 miles. Take a right onto Reeder Bay Road and follow it for 12 miles (it eventually turns into NF-2512). As you approach Beaver Creek Campground, take a left for just a short distance, then immediately right (if you end up on a gravel road you’ve gone too far). Stay left as you drive past the campground. The road crosses Beaver Creek and winds up the hill a bit to a parking lot. The trail starts at the east end of the lot.

Google Directions (48.739158, -116.862699)

Season Year-around
Squirrel Density Plenty!
Features Lake, Riverwalk
Distance From
  • Coeur d’Alene 93.1 miles
  • Lewiston 209.2 miles
  • Sandpoint 71.3 miles
  • Seattle 383.3 miles
  • Spokane 101.8 miles
Resources
Nearby Hikes
Date November 11, 2018

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The entire stretch is through forest
The entire stretch is through forest
Most of the trail follows an old, wide forest road
Most of the trail follows an old, wide forest road
The Thoroughfare, looking south
The Thoroughfare, looking south
The Thoroughfare, looking north
The Thoroughfare, looking north
Another look to the north
Another look to the north
The sun peeking through the trees on the way back
The sun peeking through the trees on the way back
Green: Portage trail; Orange: Plowboy Mountain trail; Teal: Navigation trail
Green: Portage trail; Orange: Plowboy Mountain trail; Teal: Navigation trail

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