Near Priest Lake in the northern panhandle, there are over 400 miles of groomed snowmobile trails at elevations ranging from 2,500 to 6,500 feet. Priest Lake's 400-mile groomed trail system encircles both Priest Lake and Upper Priest Lake and affords easy access to spectacular powder pushing play areas, challenging mountain goat-style hill climbs, and postcard quality views of the lake and surrounding mountain ranges. In addition to the groomed snowmobile trails, numerous unpublished, backcountry routes can be found throughout the 523,000 acres of public lands surrounding Priest Lake. The trails and play areas include heavily timbered areas, open meadows, windswept ridges and snow filled bowls. Snowmobile trails are mostly on either state or federal forest service roads ranging in elevation from 2,500 or over 7,000 feet. The trail system can be easily accessed from the doorstep of most of the area’s resorts and lodging establishments. Snowmobile rentals are readily available.
The best snowmobiling trailhead is located by the Priest Lake Ranger Station on the west side of Priest Lake. To reach the trailhead from the intersection of US 2 and SR 57 in Priest Lake City, go north on SR 57 for 32 miles. Turn left on NFD 313 (Hanna Flats Rd.) and go about .5 miles to parking.