This prominent granite peak, viewed most often from Priest Lake, was carved by glaciers and lies within a proposed wilderness area in the Selkirk Mountains north of Sandpoint, Idaho. Round trip is 11 miles with 900 feet of elevation gain.
Drive north of Sandpoint on U.S. 95 and turn west onto the gravel and dirt Pack River Road (also designated National Forest Road 231). Drive about 17 bumpy miles to the trailhead on the left side. The trail ascends an old, steep logging road before vistas open up in an alpine basin with granite slabs and campsites. Continue across large talus boulders onto Chimney Rock’s northwest shoulder, then tightrope a narrow trail around the base of the rock to its back (west) side. Look above for climbers on the 380’ spire and soak in grand views of Priest Lake below.
You’ll find water near the trailhead.
Bring an empty container – if you go in August or September, you’ll pass through huckleberry heaven.