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.
|Rating||2.3 out of 5|
|Duration||0:09 hours moving time (hiking)|
|Elevation Gain||183 feet|
|High Point||2,580 feet (trailhead)|
|Low Point||2,429 feet (Thoroughfare)|
|Trailbed||Former forest road, packed dirt|
|Water||Beaver Creek Campground|
|Administration||Kaniksu National Forest|
|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)
|Date||November 11, 2018|
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