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Almost no lake views
Overview: Relatively easy, short hike up to the summit of Lakeview Mountain, west of Priest Lake.
Hike: From the parking area, head up the signed Lakeview Trail #269. The trail switchbacks uphill immediately, then winds its way uphill through the tree-covered slope. The incline is steady but doesn't seem as steep as the 700' feet per mile you are gaining.
The trail surface is good, mostly compact dirt and pine needles, with very few rocks or roots to negotiate. There are some views to the north through the trees, but it is difficult to get a clear view.
As you get closer to the top of the mountain, the trail will split at the signed fork. Take the right fork south a short distance to the Lakeview Lookout, which has very clear views of the lake, and the best views of this side of the trail. Retrace your steps to the sign, then take the left fork to continue heading up the trail towards the summit.
As you near the top of the mountain, the trail levels off and turns right, heading back downhill the east side of the mountain. At this turn, head even more to your right and take a very short off-trail walk up to the true summit you can see ahead of you. There is no path, but it is easy walking the short distance to a pile of rocks marking the summit. No real views to be had from here though. Retrace your steps back down to the trail. If you head to the northeast slightly from this spot, you can catch some glimpses of the lake from a small use trail.
Having achieved the summit, head back west and downhill to the trailhead. The hike down goes quickly, and the slightly cushioned trail surface is easy on the knees. If you are looking for a bigger hike, there is the option to continue east all the way down to Priest Lake, which is steeper than the west side of the mountain. An out and back all the way to the lake would be about 10 miles total and roughly 3000' aeg.
Check out the Official Route and Triplog.