Explore the most popular walking 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.

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.

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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
9 months ago

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.

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.

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11 months ago

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
11 months ago

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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