Sunday, August 31, 2014

Idaho Centennial Trail - Part 1 - Canadian Border to Naples, Idaho

The Idaho Centennial Trail is a state scenic trail spanning 900 miles from the Canadian border to the Nevada border in Idaho.  It's a combination of following both existing trails and dirt roads to witness the ever-changing beauty that Idaho and its mountains have to offer.

Upper Priest Falls, near the Canadian border, is the northern terminus for the trail. It is roughly 80 miles to Naples, Idaho which is our first resupply town.

The trail begins in an Old Growth Cedar Forest.  It truly has a wondrous and healthy feeling to walk through a balanced ecosystem.

Mature stands of western hemlock intermingle and seemingly dance with the red cedars.

It is easy to melt into such exquisite surroundings.

Upper Priest Lake in late spring was both peaceful and absolutely beautiful.

Boats, kayaks, and canoes have easy access to clean campgrounds.

Many moose call this region Home.

Lower Priest Lake is more developed with many cabins.  We actually had a wolf run into our camp spot, until it u-turned when it saw us twenty feet away from us.

There is a small campstore at Indian Creek Campground.

It was a cool spring, and so the snow lingered up high in the Selkirk Mountains.  
Thunderstorms played with our senses at Hunt Lake.

Fault lake was still much under snow.  We would recommend that hikers start their journey around July 1st instead of June 1st.

Either way, it is an adventure to grow and to expand from. 

A bear crashed through the brush as we made our way down to the McCormick Creek Crossing. 

It's nice to take a dip into natures bathtub whether it is on purpose or on accident.




  1. What a fun trip this looks like! I love that first shot of you and your sweetheart, Bernie!

    My BIL always said that he thought Idaho was the most beautiful place he had ever seen. I see why now. It is absolutely gorgeous.

    Bear and wolves are a little scary to me, but I have taken pictures of the former when I spot them crossing the road in the Ocala National Forest. It is a tad more snakey and jungly than the beautiful west and northwest.

    Happy Labor Day to you two!


    Sheila :-)

  2. wahoo, what a journey!
    loved seeing your photos and hearing bits of your journey.

  3. wow it is really beautiful! I love the descriptions. I'll have to stick with my 40' RV though!

  4. Thanks, as always, for sharing your great adventures with us, Bern! Wonderful images and commentary.

  5. Once again you have taken an adventure into the heart of nature.

  6. I am bubbling with questions from viewing and reading all 15 installments. I will be saving the link to view again. I have a couple of questions. I hiked the ICT from 2004 to 2011. Are you going to complete the section from I-84 down to the Nevada border? Also would you consider cross posting your blog on the Idaho Centennial Trail blog? Congratulations on your epic thru hike! It was fascinating to see the northern sections under so much snow and ice, especially Hunt Lake. thanks for sharing your adventure!

    Ron Whittaker

    1. Hi Ron... Idaho and it's Centennial Trail treated us well. It was a wonderful journey. No plans to walk the roads South of 84. At the time we were there, we had no information about getting a ride from the Nevada border back to 84. So we decided we saw and experienced the parts of Idaho that we were attracted to. I did contact the Idaho Centennial Trail blog person and he said he read this blog, but didn't seem interested in sharing it on his site.... At least he didn't mention anything about it in the emails we sent to each other. We are currently hiking the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Wisconsin. Thanks for your link Ron. I plan on visiting your site in the near future. Happy Trails!


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