The APT roughly follows the Pacific Northwest Trail crossing the Kootenai River on its way west to Priest Lake. Care must be taken here for the inexperienced hiker. Some of the trek, including but not limited to The Selkirk Mountains, uses x-country and bushwacking routes. These routes require the traveler to have excellent map and compass navigational skills.
Some recreationalists choose to carry bear spray in Idaho due to its Grizzly population.
From the Continental Divide to the Pacific, this 1,200 mile path is high for the views and long on adventure, ranking among the most scenic and rugged long-distance trails in the world.