The Lookout Mountain fire lookout is but one a few operating lookouts in Idaho. Photo by Michael Sawiel courtesy of Outdoor Project. All rights reserved.
Selkirk Mountains Gallery
Pacific Northwest Trail – Section 3
From the fertile Kootenai River Valley the trail climbs over the offbeat Selkirk Mountains. This lesser-known granitic range offers the most rugged terrain found on the PNT. Challenging scrambling, solitude, and a slim chance to spot the extant woodland caribou all reward visitors to the Selkirk Range. These public lands are also home to a variety of seldom seen species like the wolverine, lynx, and gray wolf.
Perched atop Lookout Mountain, high above Priest Lake, sits one of the last operating fire lookouts in the Northwest, and lucky hikers might be invited up to enjoy the view from the tower.
Other highlights include the lush temperate rainforest along the Idaho-Washington border, the furthest inland rainforest in North America. On Abercrombie Mountain, the highest point in the section, the PNT offers sweeping views of Eastern Washington and subalpine meadows dotted with purple lupine, indian paintbrush, and other vibrant wildflowers.
The Selkirk Mountains may offer a slim chance to spot the Woodland Caribou in the last remaining habitat in the contiguous United States. NPS Photo by Ken Conger is licensed under CC by 2.0.
The PNT follows along the shores of Upper Priest Lake in Idaho. Photo by Michael Sawiel courtesy of Outdoor Project. All rights reserved.
Class 2 and 3 alpine scrambling is part of the PNT experience in the Selkirk Mountains. Photo by Julie Hotz. All rights reserved.
In a few locations, thru-hikers must bushwhack through dense forests to connect between trails on the PNT. Photo by Eric Wollborg.
The Pacific Northwest Trail travels through granite boulder fields in Idaho’s Selkirk Range. Photo by Eric Wollborg.