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Soccer_Dad
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PostSun Jan 15, 2012 7:09 pm 
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First, my apologies for the late post.  I have a pretty good reason.  I've moved to South America.  It was a pretty hectic September for me, so I am just now getting around to this...

The Wigwams are a pretty special place.  My hiking buddy Bob could not believe that he could have been hiking in the Spokane area for 10 years and to not have known about the Wigwams.  Incredible scenery, lots of opportunity for off-trail exploration...

One caveat - the road is in bad shape.  The main road was closed for some reason this summer, and we were forced to drive the secondary roads.  A few times bottoming out on the water bars in my Forester.

On to the scenery:
Bob, with our first ridgeline view
Bob, with our first ridgeline view
Lion's Head Peaks
Lion's Head Peaks
Upper Priest Lake
Upper Priest Lake
Lookout Mountain, with Canada in the distance
Lookout Mountain, with Canada in the distance
Lake near the summit of the Wigwams, with Priest Lake in the background
Lake near the summit of the Wigwams, with Priest Lake in the background
Twin Peaks and the high granite to the south
Twin Peaks and the high granite to the south
The ridgeline above Kent Creek
The ridgeline above Kent Creek
Ridgeline looking east
Ridgeline looking east
On the ridge, looking west
On the ridge, looking west
Detail of the western ridge end - note the profile and overhang
Detail of the western ridge end - note the profile and overhang
Ridgeline east
Ridgeline east
Ridgeline east
Ridgeline east
At the east overhang
At the east overhang
Chimney Rock in the distance
Chimney Rock in the distance
Looking west, from the east end
Looking west, from the east end
On the ridgetop - easy hiking
On the ridgetop - easy hiking
Panorama from the top of the west Wigwam
Panorama from the top of the west Wigwam

[Sorry about the resolution on the panorama - picasa seems to have an "800" limit to the long dimension.]

The one stunning feature of the ridge is how it looked like a wave that was just cresting.  It was really nice.

So, being in Uruguay, I probably won't get back there for a while.  So I will have to settle for hikes in the Torres del Paine/Patagonia for a couple years.
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PostMon Jan 16, 2012 8:34 am 
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up.gif  It's nice to see a different perspective of that area. I was up on Lookout Mountain and Roman Nose in September.  A lot of the road closures are permanent - for grizzly habitat.
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PostSat Jan 28, 2012 8:58 pm 
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Thanks for the post. My favorite place in North Idaho!
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PostSat Jan 28, 2012 9:14 pm 
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That area looks spectacular. up.gif

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PostSat Sep 12, 2020 10:08 pm 
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Heard about this hike last night at the bar, might try it this week. Just wanted to bump this to post the link to the TH directions from Priest River. https://www.inlandnwroutes.com/the-wigwams-7033.html

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