Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Nezperce 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.

hiking
9 months ago

The trail was nice and maintained. It's about 9 or so miles round trip. It ends at a pretty cool little camp site with an historical building and old farm equipment. Not really what I was expecting but still cool. The trail literally follows the river the entire way without gaining too much altitude. At night time you get a great view of the stars! Fishing wasn't bad either. The lake tag is misleading. There isn't a lake.

hiking
9 months ago

There was a good amount of smoke due to wildfires, so a couple of us had trouble breathing for part of it. It took us 11 hours with breaks to do the whole loop (10am-9pm). The trail is mostly well marked except for a section 2/5 of the way. If you do the loop counterclockwise, you hit most of the altitude right away and you have smoother sailing for the second half. The area is very warm and dry, but there are enough creeks to fill up if you have a purifier. There is a 12 mile section without any creeks, so plan accordingly. Very beautiful route.

hiking
Sunday, June 21, 2015

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

hiking
Friday, April 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.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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.

hiking
Sunday, June 15, 2014

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.

Friday, June 06, 2014

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!

hiking
Monday, June 02, 2014

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~

on Snake River Trail

trail running
Friday, August 26, 2011

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.

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