Trailhead and parking lot. No services. 7 miles West to Poet Creek Campground. 37 miles West to Elk City, ID
From Elk City take the Magruder Corridor to Running Creek Road. Follow Running Creek Road to the end to find Wally York and Sons Camp. The whole trip is about 50 miles on remote, dirt roads. Accommodations may be a possibility if you contact them ahead of time.
Ranger Station, airstrip, and rafting site. The mail plane based out of Cascade, ID does not serve Moose Creek RS so private arraignments must be made. Generally, this will be cost prohibitive. Contact the Moose Creek Ranger district for more information.
Located on Highway 12. Campground with no services. Historic Lochsa Ranger Station is 1 mile to the West. 25 miles West to Lowell, ID.
Designated in 1964, the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness consists of 1.3 million acres of protected forest in Idaho and Montana. Only 1 dirt road separates it from the 3.3 million acre Frank Church Wilderness to the South, so it is part of a vast tract of federally protected land. It is framed by the pristine Lochsa and Selway Rivers and is home to wolves, moose, elk, bear, and many other types of wildlife. The ICT passes through areas seldom visited so you can expect to have the wilderness to yourself.
The official route leaves the ICT at Burnt Knob just below the historic Forest Service fire lookout. The trail follows the ridge and descends to Bargamin Creek over severely fire-damaged trail. There are thousands of blow downs, stacked 4-5 feet deep at times. The majority of the trail tread has been lost due to fire erosion. This section can easily be avoided by following the Magruder road to Poet Creek Campground and accessing Bargamin Creek from there. The official route is fairly dangerous and not a lot of fun.
From Bargamin Creek, the trail climbs to Running Creek Road and then down to Lynx Meadows past an abandoned outfitters camp. Rejoining Running Creek Road, the trail leads through Wally York and Sons Outfitters camp at the base of Patrol Ridge. It is a steep climb to the ridge where you officially enter the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.
A nice creekside walk along Tom and Long Prairie Creeks lead to a large burn area around Goat Creek. The section from here to Moose Ridge is heavily affected by fire and trail tread can be hard to follow. Once gaining the ridge though, a nice trail leads all the way to the Historic Moose Creek Ranger Station and airstrip.
Moose Creek Ranger Station is an active backcountry crossroads located at the confluence of Moose Creek and the Selway River. Here you are likely to find rangers, trail crews, rafters, horsepackers, and pilots all converged in the roadless wilderness.
From Moose Creek, some very rough hiking leads you through the beautiful Selway Crags and on to Wilderness Gateway Campground on Highway 12. The official route follows long stretches of unmaintained trail through the crags. An alternate route from Moose Creek to Fish Lake is in much better (though not perfect) shape and takes you to Wilderness Gateway CG via a spectacular hike along Boulder Creek.
You will begin to find pockets of ancient cedars as the trail and landscape transitions into North Idaho. At Highway 12, you leave the Selway-Bitterroot and the designated wilderness behind.