hiking

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wild flowers

wildlife

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nature trips

backpacking

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hiking
3 months ago

Great hike for all skill levels. A bit of an incline at then end, but definitely manageable. Once you get to the lake, go to the left side. There are some rock bed beaches as opposed to super muddy on the right side. Did some fly fishing as well, got a few bites.

3 months ago

Loved it! Beautiful hike, great for the dogs, although we wished it would have been a market trail because the first time we went, we didn't know which trail to go on and ended up 5 miles into the Nez Pierce Wilderness on the wrong trail with no lake to be found. We will be back!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

We did this hike yesterday with our 4 dogs, you see 2 other lakes on the way, one you can access, although the water level was down and it was very muddy, at least this August. Coquina was a beautiful lake and larger than we expected. It was a Saturday and we still only saw 2 other groups.

my family loves this trail,we have done this two years in a row for spring break. it seems that about the 4 mi. mark people seem to start getting burned out but after that pretty easy hike down to the ranch. great place to camp for the night but then the grade getting out is pretty steep in the morning. over all difficulty i would say med

plenty of places to filter water along trail and views are amazing

Great trail for backpacking, even if it's your first time. Took my girlfriend for her first backpacking trip along this route, and she loved it. The grade is tolerable throughout the hike, as it follows the river the entire way. You can camp along the river in a few areas with sandy beaches (if you dare). Nothing better than the wild and scenic area along the Selway! You'll likely see kayakers as you hike, as this is area is world renowned for its white water.

Narrow trail along the river canyon. A bit of up and down for a bit of a challenging hike. No fuel for fires even if there were fire rings, but unbelievable river and canyon views.

Great trail for backpacking, even if it's your first time. Took my girlfriend for her first backpacking trip along this route, and she loved it. The grade is tolerable throughout the hike, as it follows the river the entire way. You can camp along the river in a few areas with sandy beaches (if you dare). Nothing better than the wild and scenic area along the Selway! You'll likely see kayakers as you hike, as this is area is world renowned for its white water. Most adventures will kayak this section of the river.

hiking
2 years ago

Great trail for backpacking, even if it's your first time. Took my girlfriend for her first backpacking trip along this route, and she loved it. The grade is tolerable throughout the hike, as it follows the river the entire way. You can camp along the river in a few areas with sandy beaches (if you dare). Nothing better than the wild and scenic area along the Selway! You'll likely see kayakers as you hike, as this is area is world renowned for its white water.

Get route for backpacking. You follow the ridgeline for a good ways, with great views along the way. There's a natural spring near the trailhead, but not much water after that along the trail, so fill up whenever you can. If you go in July, there may still be some snow in the area along the north facing slops.

hiking
2 years ago

my husband and I did this hike with our son for his very first backpacking trip carrying his own gear. Beautiful hike. great scenery. loved looking down over the lakes in the canyon and skirting past another. the only problem is the mosquitos are awerful even with 100% deet. the actually chased us in our tents where we spent most the day. fishing is ok but the fish are definitely used to jump for their food so take a fly fishing pole

hiking
2 years ago

I've hiked this loop numerous times and have always found it to be an outstanding wilderness trip. Of course, you can hike the loop in either direction but I would recommend counter-clockwise. You will want to deviate from the loop and locate your campsites at the many lakes which are located on trails which head toward the main crest. Sheep, Echo and Baldy are among my favorites. You will add to the mileage by camping off the loop, but you will also find much more scenic and enjoyable camps. The east side of the range is much drier than the west with fewer camping areas. Experienced hikers can complete this loop as an overnight, but to savor the experience, I would recommend 3-4 days at least.

The access road which is 17 miles long leaves Highway 95 south of Riggins. It is primarily dirt and/or gravel and gets a little rough near the end; best for higher clearance vehicles. There are two campgrounds near the trail head.

Do not follow the map connected to this trail, unless you have an atv. Made that mistake and walked all the way down to the bottom and had to get a ride from a side by side. It's beautiful down there though!

The trail is awesome and easy, at the near end you can camp at Kirkwood National Homestead Museum.

If you go past that you will find thousands of year old pictographs, as well as Suicide Point, which has it lore in lovers from different tribe, much like Romeo and Juliet ~smiles~

Rattlesnakes come out at the end of May, beginning of June...I have yet to encounter any there, unlike the rattlesnake dens my friends and I have walked into in the past ~snickers~

When the water goes down "Arrowheads" can be found along the shore, albeit you are not allowed to keep them ~smiles~, legally they must be handed over to the rangers or the host house at Kirkwood.

The Carson Mansion is a small excursion trail up from the Hosts house, it was a mansion in the 30's used by Bootleggers. There is a Hanta Virus Warning in the building, but I AM still alive ~chuckles~.

I do not go there in the SUMMER, too hot for my blood ~chuckles~, but a great hike none the less, I have seen 9 year old boys kick that trails butt ~smiles~

hiking
3 years ago

This was an amazing hike. I would not classify it as easy, only because it is about a mile straight up a mountainside. Once you start the uphill climb, there will be no flat walking until you reach the top of the butte-it is totally uphill. The trail is decent and narrow. Beautiful subalpine terrain and endless views of the surrounding valleys once you reach the top. The lookout is not in use, but we did climb up to it. Be ware of broken glass by the lookout cabin. The trail continues for another 1.5 miles to Granite Lake. The hike to the lookout took us a total of about 4 hours, with about 45 minutes spent hanging out at the lookout. Bring bear spray...this is bear, mountain lion, wolf and moose country. Bring your doggy and make sure you bring plenty of water for him or her (and yourself) because there are not a lot of water sources along the way and the climb is relatively steep. We did not run into a single human being the whole hike. Very peaceful.

trail running
5 years ago

We run this trail each year as the last few miles of a 16 or 25 mile adventure run. This is not an "offical" race or run just a few friends that take a jet boat up the Snake and run back to Pittsburg Landing. From Pitsburg to Kirkwood it is about six miles one way. A very nice moderate hike or run. But do it early in the spring, rattle snakes come out later in the year.