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Chipmunk Rapids National Recreation Trail

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene
48.4495, -116.9124 Map & Directions
Length
10.0 miles of trails
Highest Point
2400 feet
Looking down on Kaniksu Marsh. Photo by Holly Weiler. Full-size image
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers

Located just south of Priest Lake in Idaho, this area offers 10 miles of trails that give visitors plenty of hiking and snowshoeing options. The trail system here starts from the Priest Lake Information Center just off Highway 57. Continue reading

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Hiking Chipmunk Rapids National Recreation Trail

Located just south of Priest Lake in Idaho, this area offers 10 miles of trails that give visitors plenty of hiking and snowshoeing options. The trail system here starts from the Priest Lake Information Center just off Highway 57.

The Chipmunk Rapids National Recreation Trail is the main artery that traces a path roughly following the Priest River then the upper west branch Priest River. Four named loops stem from this trail, allowing hikers the option to explore different routes and come back for more next time. A map from the Forest Service shows these options.

Highlights of the area include Kaniksu Marsh where moose might be spotted, and a stretch along the Priest River that parallels Chipmunk Rapids. Also keep an eye out for deer and waterfowl that frequent the area.

Most of the trails here are access roads that have been converted, so they are wide and easy to follow. If you choose to hike the entire length of the Chipmunk Rapids National Recreation Trail, you’ll either have to integrate a stretch along Road 2244A, which is open to vehicles, or go out and back on the same trail.

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Chipmunk Rapids National Recreation Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.4495, -116.9124 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From downtown Spokane, head north on Highway 2/Division Street for a total of about 62 miles, passing through Chattaroy and Newport and crossing into Idaho. A little over 5 miles after crossing the border, turn left onto Highway 57  and head north for another 22 miles until arriving at the Priest Lake Information Center on the right. Look for a roadside sign just before the entrance to the parking area, which has a vault toilet.

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Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

Chipmunk Rapids Trail (#192)

Idaho Panhandle National Forests, Priest Lake Ranger District

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