Upper Priest Lake, designated as a Scenic Area in 1986, is managed as a roadless area and offers a unique opportunity for a serene wilderness boating and boat camping experience. The entire shoreline is owned by either the State of Idaho or the US Forest Service. Hiking enthusiasts will surely want to explore Tillicum Creek Path. North of the lake, (13 miles north of Nordman on Forest Road 302) at Roosevelt Grove don’t miss the grandeur of ancient cedar trees (ranging from 800 to 2,000 years old).
Shoe tree of Priest Lake One cedar tree even had an eclectic collection of shoes. Tourists and locals since the 1940s had dressed the tree with hundreds of pairs of shoes, nailing sneakers to its trunk and hanging work boots from its branches. Firefighters found the tree engulfed in flames on Thursday, July 15th 2010 and the blaze was difficult to extinguish because the sizable cedar was covered in melted shoe rubber. The Forest Service officials discouraged people from starting a new shoe tree, however they are starting to add to the burned one as shown here. There is also a path leading to Granite Falls, one of Idaho’s most spectacular water falls.