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Hiking opportunities with the Idaho Conservation League

In its second summer, the Idaho Conservation League’s summer hike series in North Idaho features several day hikes of varying difficulty, as well as a canoe trip and a lake restoration volunteer opportunity.

In addition to 10 hikes in the Selkirk Mountains, the hike series includes two hikes in the Scotchman Peaks.

The Idaho Conservation Leagues is teaming up with the U.S. Forest Service to take on a lake restoration project at the heavily used Roman Nose Lakes area in July. Three lakes are within two miles of the trailhead, and the Idaho Conservation League is seeking volunteers to help with restoration of one or more of the lakes.

This year’s hike series also includes a canoe and hike trip to Upper Priest Lake, and some family friendly hikes that feature short jaunts to spectacular locations.

For more information, go to the Idaho Conservation League website at www.wildidaho.org or call the Sandpoint field office at (208) 265-3511.

The dates and short description for each hike follows:

Saturday, June 21 – Scotchman Peak – This strenuous and steep hike climbs the highest mountain in Bonner County. The eight-mile round trip trek offers excellent views of Lake Pend Oreille from the West Cabinets. This early season hike could encounter snow.

Sunday, June 22 – Fault Lake – This 13-mile round-trip hike first follows an old road, but then the trail climbs through an alpine meadow to Fault Lake, featuring views of Selkirk peaks and scars from the Sundance Fire. Snow is likely to be encountered on this hike.

Saturday, June 28 – Two Mouth Lakes – This difficult, but rewarding hike, is eight miles round trip, leading to granite-lined alpine lakes high in the Selkirks. Snow is likely.

Sunday, June 29 – Burton Peak – This trail climbs 1,700 feet in 2.6 miles to summit on Burton Peak, where you’ll find an old lookout cabin and stunning 360-degree views of the Selkirks and beyond. Snow is possible on this hike.

Thursday-Sunday, July 10-13 – Canoe and hiking trip to Upper Priest Lake – Canoe in Thursday, or backpack in Friday, to join the group for day hikes from Upper Priest Lake, a wild and scenic gem of North Idaho. Contact hike leader Rod Barcklay for more information or to sign up: (208) 267-5352.

Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13 – Lake restoration project at Roman Nose Lakes – It’s just a short stroll to the first of three Roman Nose lakes, where we need at least eight volunteers to help the Forest Service restore this heavily used area in the Selkirks. Bring the kids and enjoy a day of service to the outdoors!

Sunday, July 20 – Hidden Lake family hike – It’s a short hike to reach this stunning alpine lake in the heart of the Selkirks.

Saturday, July 26 – Pyramid/Ball Lakes family hike – This is another short hike, perfect for short legs, to Pyramid Lake. Those kids and young-at-heart who want more views can continue on to Ball Lake.

Saturday, August 9 – Two Mouth Lakes – This difficult, but rewarding hike, is eight miles round trip, leading to granite-lined alpine lakes high in the Selkirks.

Saturday, August 16 – West Fork Lake – Wetlands, alpine flora and fauna, and great views await those who embark on this 12-mile round-trip trek to West Fork Lake. This is grizzly bear country.

Saturday, September 6 – Harrison and Little Harrison lakes slow hike – Bring your camera and take it easy on this day hike to a pair of lakes at the source of the Pack River in the Selkirks. Harrison Lake is just 2.3 miles from the trailhead.

Saturday, September 27 – Little Spar Lake – This lovely day hike starts from the Montana side of the West Cabinets and leads to a small alpine lake in the heart of the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

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