Mt. Casey from ridge about Caribou Lake

Selkirk Range Hikes, Trip Report

Mt. Casey

29 Sep , 2017  

We drove to the trailhead for Caribou Lake by taking the Pack River Road west to Caribou Creek Road (No. 2684). Drive just more than 4 miles and then bear left for the final 2.5 miles which were fairly rough. The elevation here is 4,270 feet and the lake is 5,192 feet. The hike to […]

Twin Peaks - Beehive Lake

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Beehive Lake Trail to North and South Twin

28 Aug , 2017  

The trailhead starts at 4,450’ in Upper Pack River. We drove from Sandpoint and started out from the trailhead by 7:30 in cool conditions (gloves and long sleeve) until the sun reached us over the top of Roman Nose. Then, it proved to be one of the warmest days we experienced in the Selkirks once […]

Parker Peak Idaho

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Parker Peak

21 Aug , 2017  

Parker Peak is the highest named peak in the U.S. Selkirk Range. It is 7,670 feet but it is not an easy one to reach. Landon Otis and I started at the Pyramid Pass trail #13 (take Trout Creek Road No. 634 to the end — about 9 miles off Westside Road just north of […]

Blue Mountain - Big Blue

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Blue Mountain (Big Blue)

26 Sep , 2016  

On September 25, we set out from an empty village on Schweitzer Mountain and made our way to the top for the Quad. The Nature Trail was compromised by construction and no signs have been placed for hikers. While it is difficult to get lost, the trail is simply not in good shape. I am […]

Roothaan from Saddle

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Mt. Roothaan

22 Sep , 2016  

7,326 ft. 14 miles, 3200 feet of gain September 11 seemed like a good day to hike back into the backcountry of the Idaho Selkirks and we were not disappointed. A late start (10:30) meant we had to keep moving over the 14 roundtrip miles to the top of Mt. Roothaan. Cathy Schuller and Don […]

Harrison Lake Selkirk Mountains Idaho

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Harrison Lake Trail

17 Jul , 2016  

The trip into Harrison Lake is perfect for a first time hiker or even for a family. It is kid-friendly 2.5 miles one direction. The trip is worth the effort. The elevation gain is nominal and climbs gently to the lake for about 1500’ before offering first rate views of the crest and Mt. Harrison […]

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Chimney Rock Trail

29 May , 2016  

What better way to spend Memorial Day weekend than climbing to the Selkirk crest near Chimney Rock? If you haven’t done this hike you owe it to yourself to put it on the calendar. It is a relatively easy 10 mile round-trip hike with about 2,700’ of vertical gain. It starts easy and crosses bridges, […]

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Mt. Roothaan

19 Oct , 2015   Gallery

Elevation: 7,326 ft. Rank: 14 Coordinates: 48.613N 116.705W Trailhead: Chimney Rock, No 256 Trailhead Elevation: 4,020’ Estimate Time: 3-4½ up, 2½-3½ down South Ridge, class 2 7 miles, 3306’ elevation gain The climb begins in the parking area of Chimney Rock trailhead (there is a shorter route from the Priest Lake side). The trail gains […]

Selkirk Range Hikes, Trip Report

Mt. Roothaan

17 Oct , 2015  

Mt. Roothaan is 7,326′ and sits just half a mile south of Chimney Rock and is about 200′ higher. The vantage point offers the best view of Chimney Rock of any 7,000′ footers on the crest. I left the trailhead on the Pack River side late – Noon. The trail starts painfully slow and gains […]

Selkirk Range Hikes

Blue Mountain (Schweitzer)

23 Aug , 2015  

Author: Don Otis Schweitzer Mountain resort is a good place to start a hike in the southern Selkirks. Park at the lot near the village, pass the tennis courts and look for the TH just to the left of the quad (at about 4600′). Follow the well established trail that zigzags past a stream and […]