14 Mar 10 Things to do in Sandpoint in the Summer
The list of things to do in Sandpoint in the Summer is as diverse as it is long. Volumes of books can and have been written about the vast array of activities that Sandpoint has to offer. In this post, we will explore the top 10 things to do in Sandpoint in the Summer.
Sandpoint, Idaho is a four season, vacation destination town located between the Selkirk and Cabinet Mountain ranges, in the panhandle of Idaho, just 60 miles from the Canadian border. Sandpoint sits on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille and at the base of Schweitzer Mountain, home to Schweitzer Mountain Resort. The outdoor activities are endless.
- Stay at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch on an All Inclusive Guest Ranch Package
All Inclusive Guest Ranch Vacations include lodging in one of the cozy Grand Lodge rooms or Log Cabins, daily horseback rides, three Country Gourmet meals daily, evening entertainment and access to all ranch amenities. Western Pleasure Guest Ranch’s quality ranch raised horses are perfect for the beginner or the experienced rider. For the non-rider, the many other activities will fill your day with relaxation, education or adventure.
2. Spend a day on Lake Pend Oreille
Rent a power boat or pontoon boat from Action Water Sports to explore the lake. If the shoreline is more your speed, find a beach on the lake’s 111 miles of shoreline to spend the day soaking in the sunshine.
Scotchman’s Peak is the most iconic peak-bagging hike in the Sandpoint area. The 8+ mile round trip hike gains an elevation of 3700 feet with views of the Selkirk Mountains and Lake Pend Oreille. The summit is Bonner County’s highest point at 7,009 feet. To get to the trail head, take Highway 200 (east from Sandpoint). In downtown Clark Fork, turn north at the Chevron Station. Go past the school and continue up Mosquito Creek Road #276 to the junction of Road #2295. Turn right and go a little over a mile. Watch for signs for Trail #65. Turn left on road 2294. Turn left next on 2294A. Follow this a little over a mile to where the road ends at the trail head.
4. Attend the Festival at Sandpoint
The Festival at Sandpoint is a unique, under-the-stars music venue presenting an eclectic range of music for two weeks each summer.
5. Hike to Grouse Creek Falls to picnic and swim
Grouse Creek Falls is a hidden gem in the foothills of the Cabinet Mountains. UltimateIdaho.com gives these directions for access:
“Exit east at Colburn off US 2/95 and merge onto Colburn-Culver Road; proceed 4.5 miles east, making a left turn onto the unpaved Road #280; winding along Grouse Creek Valley, drive 6 miles to a parking turnout on your right near a dirt road.
Cascading 15 to 20 feet over bedrock in a series of steps, Grouse Creek Falls is found in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest’s Sandpoint Ranger District. After parking at the turnout, visitors will need to take a fairly easy hike. Follow the dirt road for 0.3 mile until it becomes a trail, and then continue onward to reach the falls in another 0.2 mile.”
6. Mountain Bike at Schweitzer Mountain Resort
For an epic downhill mountain bike adventure, visit Schweitzer Mountain Resort. You and your bike can ride the lift to the top of the mountain, grab a bite to eat at the sky lodge, then take an epic downhill ride to the village bellow. Not sure you are up for a hard core downhill mountain bike adventure? Skip the bike and ride the lift to the Sky Lodge for food and drinks and just enjoy the fabulous 360 degree views.
7. Tour the Bird Aviation and Invention Center
VisitNorthIdaho.com says the Bird Aviation and Invention Center “exists to serve the local community and beyond by offering a world-class educational experience centered around the themes of Aviation and Innovation. The museum is especially committed to communicating a philosophy that people learn best if they are encouraged to find something of value and interest upon which to apply their education.”
8. Take a walk on the Long Bridge
The Sandpoint Long Bridge is a two mile long walking and driving bridge at the south end of Sandpoint. Entering Sandpoint from the south on Highway 95 takes you across the most uniquely beautiful entrance to a town I have ever experienced. The walking bridge gives you the opportunity to put that experience into slow motion as you walk the two mile bridge that separates Lake Pend Oreille from the the Pend Oreille River.
9. Go Fishing!
The options for fishing are unlimited in this part of the Northwest. Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho’s largest lake is 148 square miles reaching a maximum depth of over 1100 feet. SandpointOnline.com boasts of the lake’s fishing possabilities:
“LAKE PEND OREILLE stretches nearly 50 lineal miles from Sandpoint to Idlewilde Bay at Farragut State Park, and carries a wide diversity of catchable species besides the Kamloops, such as whitefish, cutthrout and brown trout, mackinaw or lake trout, large and smallmouth bass, crappie, pumpkinseed sunfish, perch and bullhead (catfish). The list goes on with peno, northern pikeminnow, tench, suckers, sculpin and a variety of smaller minnows.”
Beyond Lake Pend Oreille, the many rivers and mountain lakes of Idaho’s northern panhandle offer a variety of terrain and angling opportunities for the fishing enthusiast or the first timer.
10. Go shopping in downtown Sandpoint
The quaint stores, delicious restaurants and friendly atmosphere make for a delightlful outing. Don’t forget to stop by Panhandle Cone and Coffee to try one of their unique, house made icecreams made from local and regional ingredients.