Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

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23 days ago

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
1 month ago

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
1 month ago

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.

has small rocky sections watch your step

2 months ago

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
2 months ago

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.

Thursday, August 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
Monday, August 14, 2017

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
Saturday, July 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.

Wednesday, July 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
Sunday, June 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
Saturday, June 03, 2017

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

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
Friday, October 31, 2014

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.

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~

hiking
Friday, June 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.

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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