Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Nez Perce National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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snow
1 month ago

This is a short hike and worth the drive out to it. It’s beautiful out there. There is now snow on the trail which makes it a bit more slippery going up. This trail isn’t a difficult climb due to how short it is. However, the steepness and snow do make it semi challenging. I’d appropriate this hike a moderate ranking. When I had reached the top yesterday, I discovered the building is now boarded up, regardless the view is sensational.

hiking
1 month ago

This a beautiful, rugged and a bit confusing trail at the beginning. The trail turns into a road and you wonder where it went? Keep following the road past the old livestock corral with the small barn Also there are several gates and some blowdown Trail is muddy in some parts Beautiful mountain lake with clear water Hunters are allowed here and I met several elk hunters so it might be a good idea to wear some orange I found it to be a good workout and longer than 8 miles Like our adventures on Facebook, “Apackof2 for the Road” Follow us on Twitter, “apackof2fortherd”

hiking
2 months ago

we did it.

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no shade
3 months ago

Enjoyable and challenging out-and-back. According to my GPS, it's about 9 miles each way, or 18 if you do it all in one day. The first 3.5 miles are completely exposed to the sun; a forest fire turned all the trees into bleached and charred skeletons in that section. The rest of the hike is very nice, though.

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked from the trailhead to Gem Lake where we camped. The next day was a day hike to Rock Island Lake and then down to Shelf lake where we fished. Hike to Gem was rugged yet well established horse trail. Trail to Rock Island was bushwhacking. Caught a 16” rainbow on Gem with a worm, but no luck with flies.

Great trail to day hike....a bit of a climb back out but worth it! Beautiful wildflowers and well shaded...

hiking
4 months ago

Umm, no this is not a hard hike - it is not. This is not a hard trail. Moderate at best for any reasonably experienced (or even un-experienced) hiker. Just look at the elevation gain and the shortness of the trail, this is not a hard trail. The access road to the trail is great even for a low slinger car. Trail is in great condition and looks like USFS partners are doing a "point in time" project to repair the fire lookout at the summit. While much of the surrounding forest is burned, most of the trees through the trail are not. 360 degree views from the top.

running
4 months ago

This loop starts at same trailhead as “Ski Cabin Loop. It is a nice 2.7 up and 2.7 back on a cross-country/snowmobile trail. Super easy terrain, well marked. Pay attention so you don’t take one of the side loops. Cabin is at about 5,200 feet.

hiking
4 months ago

The most recent review from Shauna Nelson describing a mother/daughter hike let me know this was a good solo hike option. Yes, the trail is steep but the views and the solitude are well worth the effort. Highlights included tons of wildflowers, birds, one deer and one tiny chipmunk. I didn't have any issues with bugs. A small area of snow was still present at the summit.

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muddy
rocky
4 months ago

The beginning of the trail is easy... but it steadily goes up until it's all uphill. Bit it is 100% worth it! Beautiful views. The cabin at the top has drinking water in case you forget yours. I don't know if it always has water in the cabin but there were tanks full when we went today. The misquotes are no joke, though... ridiculous! Use bug spray or do like my daughter and I and walk with very few breaks. It's a hard hike, but short so I would consider it a moderate hard. So worth it! I encourage anyone who can do it, to do it! it's beautiful! My 11-year old and I did it, rested and had lunch at the top and got back to the car in about 1.5 hours.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy hike up with some incredible views the whole way. Wildlife very active on this trail!

hiking
Sun Aug 26 2018

EASY TRAIL MY REAR END....this isn't an easy trail, I dont know why it says it is. you have to drive up this gravel road for a while as your driving up this mountain, not bad. of course GPS and all trails is not very accurate, your going up a mountain. so, when you get to the beginning of the trail, that's where the incline starts. the whole way up is an incline. there's a lot of downed trees and burned stumps and trees. the trail is pretty narrow. there's a few places that the trail jets off in different directions. I'd look at GPS and all trails to make sure I'm on the right path and, they both showed me off the main trail but going in the correct direction. your up on a mountain, GPS wont be very accurate. the whole way up is an incline hike that eventually tires your legs, I had to stop a few times. I dont see bringing kids on this hike. again, it's not an easy hike. half way up, I heard a grunt, I looked to my right and, this black thing ran off into the trees. wasn't sure what it was, I got a tiny glimpse and it was quick. I had ideas that I didn't want to think about but, I was nervous the rest of the way up. later as I was talking to the locals, they said yeah, we were warned that black bears might be in the area. I eventually reached the top and, I was hoping to see snow capped mountains but, there was way too much smoke from the fires in glacier national park. but, the other side on top was more clear and, you got to see the vastness and awe of how high you were up. it was also kind of windy. despite the smoke, the views were still pretty awesome. its a good hike up, I'd say not for kids and, not easy but, still pretty cool.

hiking
Tue Aug 14 2018

If you live closer to sea level, like me, this approximately 1,000 foot climb in a mile, at 6,000 feet, is extremely strenuous. The view is worth the climb. Great panoramic view at the top, if you are willing to climb up the rocks on the butte.

hiking
Sat Jul 28 2018

Like another reviewer commented, the actual trailhead can be a little difficult to find (from NF-4600 off the Grangeville-Salmon Rd turn into the parking on the left side and follow the path from the covered benches to the road and the trailhead is on the other side) but once on the trail it's pretty well posted. A fairly easy hike on an ATV trail with a few short steep and sometimes rocky sections. Passes by the occasional patch of wildflowers, huckleberries. But on the whole it's quite an unremarkable hike mainly in the trees, asides from at the lower section where there are some nice views.

Fri Jul 27 2018

has small rocky sections watch your step

Fri Jul 06 2018

Nice, short hike. I would not classify this as easy due to the steep trail. Gorgeous views. We went on hottest part of day and saw one deer. Driving road to trail wasn’t bad at this time of year (July). No reception on hike. We did not encounter a single person on the entire trail. I would definitely do this hike again.

hiking
Thu Jul 05 2018

I hiked the Selway River in July of 2017 from Paradise Guard Station out of Darby, MT, to Race Creek on the Selway River Rd out of Lowell, ID; a distance of about 47 miles. A company out of Darby, MT picked up our truck at the trailhead and shuttled it to the end, a service most commonly used by rafters and kayakers. Beautiful trail, steep in some spots especially for stock, my husband rode and packed a mule during the trip. Although the trail is wilderness you do pass several beautiful ranches in the first 15 miles and at mile 26 hit Moose Creek Ranger Station and airstrip which can be busy with fisherman and rafters. There are many nice camp spots but plan approximate daily mileage ahead so you can hit them; the 9-10 miles of trail directly below Moose Creek lacks good camp spots, after that there are good camps into Race Creek. The hike follows the river the whole way but is not flat, plenty of elevation gains and losses. Bears, elk, deer and rattlesnakes are common, we saw several snakes but they slithered off the trail quickly. I believe they allow one permitted raft to leave Paradise daily during the summer so you don't see a lot of people, the trail is quiet until Moose Creek where you pick up rafters and air traffic and below Moose Creek, day hikers. The roads into Paradise and out of Race Creek are gravel but travelled heavily in the summer and in decent shape. The hike is not hard but is a true back country trail, somewhat isolated and can be hot in the summer as you're frequently without tree cover. There are plenty of side trails and several pack bridges and alternative end points along the route if you don't want to follow the river the entire way.

Thu Aug 24 2017

The trail was not heavily used the day we were there. We were the only people biking and were confused how to find the trail. When one arrives, there is only a map of the ski trails, which has many loops, circling around as ski loops do. It was extremely rocky, not suitable for a hybrid bike, one even had to walk downhill because of the rocks.

hiking
Sat Jul 22 2017

It was really fun! I would say it's more of a moderate hike, it's kind of steep. if you have knee problems bring support. it was short and enjoyable.

Wed Jul 05 2017

One of the prettiest hikes around missoula! I wouldn't call it an "easy" hike. I definitely would not bring my two kids up to it (7 & 4)..... unless I planned on it being an whole day event. Most of the hike is uphill but gorgeous the entire way.

hiking
Sun Jun 18 2017

Just a short hike up to the top for some excellent views of the Selway-Bitterroot. Some snow to deal with as of mid june but very doable.

hiking
Sat Jun 03 2017

This was a great hike mid-June! The views are so worth it!! And I agree not easy!

hiking
Fri Apr 24 2015

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.

hiking
Fri Jun 28 2013

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.

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