The Clearwater & St. Joe

TRAIL HAZARDS!

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VERY REMOTE

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LIMITED WATER

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OVERGROWN TRAILS

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PREDATORS

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.

Mile 534 - Liz Butte Road

27 miles East to Highway 12 via Lolo Motor Way and FS 107 Rd.

Mile 565 - East Saddle

5 miles South from Old Kelly Creek Work Center

Mile 569 - Old Kelly Creek Work Center

60 miles east along North Fork Clearwater Road to Pierce, ID

Mile 592 - Fish Lake

ATV access via FS 297 Road.

Mile 609 - Hoodoo Pass

25 miles East to Superior, MT

Mile 634 - Little Joe Road

17 miles East to St. Regis, MT

Mile 667 - Bullion Pass

Take Bullion Creek Rd East 6 miles for access to I-90

Mile 681 - Mullan, ID

8 miles West on Interstate 90 to Wallace, ID

The Clearwater and St Joe Forests are wild in nature, if not in official designation. Though there are roads and other visitors, even the busiest trailheads can be upwards of 60 miles from the nearest town. The long hike up Kelly Creek, the North Fork of the Clearwater, is an absolutely gorgeous stroll through a roadless river canyon. Along the Idaho/Montana border, the Stateline Divide trail offers endless views of granite ridgelines and high mountain lakes.

The Stateline Divide consists of many miles of high and dry ridge walking, so make sure you monitor your water situation and stay on point. The ridgeline is also very exposed to weather—which can come in quick, bringing cold temperatures and limited visibility—so be sure to come prepared.

From Highway 12, the ICT takes the Sherman Creek Trail to the Lolo Motor Way at the summit. Following a few miles of road, the trail descends towards the confluence of Weitas and Windy Creeks. The trail heads upstream along Windy Creek through very heavy overgrown brush. At the ridgeline, the trail follows a well-maintained motorcycle trail North around Monroe Butte towards Lookout Mountain.

The official route going over Lookout Mountain has been abandoned and rerouted. The trail now heads West from Lookout Mountain, dropping down to Fourth of July Creek and then rejoining the official route at a saddle, North of Lookout Mountain. The reroute has water access, campsites, and clear trails.

Trail tread deteriorates as you make your way over switchback hill into an area that seems to be mostly maintained by horsepackers. At Scurvy Mountain, the restored Historic Mountain Lookout is 1 mile off trail and is available to be used as shelter (Water source on access road a few hundred feet North of the ICT).

Descending to the Old Kelly Creek Work Center at the confluence of Moose Creek and Kelly Creek, there is an active parking lot and trailhead. The old Kelly Creek Ranger Station is just across the bridge over Moose Creek.

Heading up Kelly Creek, some of the best miles of hiking on the ICT lay ahead. The river valley is beautiful and rich with forest and wildlife. The trails are generally well-cared for and clear. The official route follows an abandoned trail up Hansen Ridge which no longer exists. Alternatively, you can take the Bear Creek trail from the Outfitter Camp or continue up the Kelly Creek Trail to Kid Lake. Option two has better trail conditions, but is slightly longer.

Once gaining the ridgeline, the trail stays high and dips down to a succession of high mountain lakes. All are pristine and isolated except Fish Lake, which has ATV access and a campground. Check for a piped spring in one of the campsites next to the lakeshore. Access to Superior, MT from Hoodoo Pass is your only opportunity to resupply during this leg but hitching back out to the pass can be difficult.

After many miles of spectacular, ridgeline single-track, the trail joins a forest service road for a long stretch of road walking. Many logging roads intersect and confuse the right of way.

Rounding Stevens Peak, the trail alternates between single and double-track through areas where the tread is not always clear. After arriving at the access road at the North side of Stevens Peak, the trail makes its way down to the small town of Mullan. The way down is a tangled mess of open and closed logging roads. The correct way to get down is not clear. You will find yourself in a human game of Plinko as you descended, popping out either right in Mullan or towards Shoshone Park a few miles to the East.

Arriving in Mullan, there are a couple of restaurants and bars and a very cheap motel (The Lookout Motel), but little in the way of services. The town of Wallace, 8 miles to the West, has much more going on (Think microbreweries).

Trail Towns and Resupply

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Wallace, ID

8 miles West on Interstate 90

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BEER

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GROCERIES

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LODGING

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RESTAURANTS

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LAUNDRY

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LIBRARY

Mail Drop Info

(Your Name)
c/o General Delivery
Wallace, ID 83873

Monday-Friday 9:00am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-5:00pm
Saturday-Sunday Closed

208-753-3435

Mile 681

Mullan, ID

On Trail

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SNACK FOODS

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LODGING

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RESTAURANTS

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Mail Drop Info

(Your Name)
c/o General Delivery
Mullan, ID 83846

Monday-Friday 9:30am-1:30pm, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Saturday-Sunday Closed

208-744-1315

Mile 609

Hoodoo Pass

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NO SERVICES

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Superior, MT

25 miles East on FS 250 Road

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RESTAURANTS

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GROCERIES

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LAUNDRY

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LIBRARY

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BEER

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LODGING

Mail Drop Info

(Your Name)
c/o General Delivery
Superior, MT 59872

Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
Saturday-Sunday Closed

406-822-4231

CONTACTS & LINKS

North Fork Ranger District
12730 Highway 12
Orofino, ID 83544
208-476-4541
North Fork Ranger Website

Great Burn Study Group
www.greatburnstudygroup.org

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

Friends of the Clearwater
www.friendsoftheclearwater.org/

St Joe Ranger District
222 S. 7th St., Suite 1
St. Maries, ID 83861
208-245-2531
St. Joe Ranger Website

Wilderness Gateway USFS Campground
Wilderness Gateway Campground

Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office
717 Bank St.
Wallace, ID 83873
(208) 556-1114
http://www.shoshoneso.com/

Scurvy Mountain Lookout
Scurvy Mountain Website