Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

TRAIL HAZARDS!

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VERY REMOTE

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BURN AREAS

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OVERGROWN TRAILS

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PREDATORS

Mile 424 - Magruder Corridor

Trailhead and parking lot. No services. 7 miles West to Poet Creek Campground. 37 miles West to Elk City, ID

Mile 449 - Wally York and Sons Outfitters

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.

Mile 476 - Moose Creek Ranger Station

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.

Mile 524 - Wilderness Gateway Campground

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.

Trail Towns and Resupply

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Lowell, ID

25 miles West on Highway 12

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BEER

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SNACK FOODS

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LODGING

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RESTAURANT

Mile 524

Wilderness Gateway Campground

On Trail

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Campground

Mail Drop Info

Contact the Lochsa Powell Ranger District about doing a mail drop at the campground or at the Historic Lochsa Ranger Station 1 mile West on Highway 12.

208-926-4274

Mile 476

Moose Creek USFS Ranger Station

On Trail

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AIRSTRIP

Mail Drop Info

Contact Moose Creek Ranger District to inquire about getting a package to this airstrip.

208-926-4258

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Elk City, ID

37 miles West on Magruder Corridor

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GROCERIES

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LODGING

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RESTAURANTS

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LAUNDRY

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Mail Drop Info

(Your Name)
c/o General Delivery
Elk City, 83525

208-842-2278

Monday – Friday 9:30am-11:00am, 11:30am-4:00pm
Saturday 11:30am-2:00pm
Sunday Closed

Mile 424

Magruder

On Trail

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NO SERVICES

CONTACTS & LINKS

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests
903 3rd Street
Kamiah, ID 83536
208-935-2513
Nez Perce Forest Website

Wilderness Gateway Campground
Wilderness Gateway CG

Moose Creek Ranger District
831 Selway Road
Kooskia, ID 83539
208-926-4258
Moose Creek Ranger Website

Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation
http://www.selwaybitterroot.org/

Lochsa Powell Ranger District
502 Lowry Street
Kooskia, ID 83539
208-926-4272
Lochsa Ranger Website

SOAR Northwest Outfitters
http://www.northwestriver.com/

Idaho County Sheriff
320 West Main Street
Grangeville, ID 83530
208-983-1100
Idaho County Sheriff’s Website

Cairn Cartography
http://cairncarto.com/