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Best trails in Elk City

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Looking for a great trail near Elk City, Idaho? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, views trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. You'll also find some great local park options, like Nez Perce National Forest or Riverfront Park. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 5 hard trails in Elk City ranging from 7.4 to 47 miles and from 1,774 to 8,248 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Elk City
Top trails (8)
#1 - Magruder Corridor (Montana OHV Road)
Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness
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Length: 122.5 mi
The Magruder Corridor (Montana Road) from the Red River Ranger Station, Nez Perce National Forest, Idaho to Darby MT. The Magruder Road Corridor extends 95 miles through a vast undeveloped area, offering solitude and pristine beauty, as well as expansive views of the Bitterroot and Clearwater Mountains. It has been known as the Southern Nez Perce Trail, Elk City to Darby Road, Montana Road, and the Parker Trail. The road enables a traveler to drive along a corridor between Wildernesses nearly twice as large as the combined states of Delaware and Rhode Island. To the north is the 1.2 million acre Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and to the south the 2.2 million acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. This is probably one of the wildest roads in the United States. Its unspoiled beauty cannot be surpassed, as the landscape is much the same as when the Nez Perce Indians and early travelers crossed the area. The Magruder Road (Forest Road #468) is a single-lane mostly unimproved road which is rocky, steep and winding, with few turnouts for passing oncoming vehicles. The road is not recommended for low-clearance vehicles, motor homes, or vehicles towing trailers. The video in POI #35 (Hell's Half Acre Lookout Road #224) shows typical road conditions that you may expect. The road traverses a vast, remote, and rugged area. Travelers should take adequate provisions and make sure their vehicles are in good condition. Don't run out of gas! Options on how to visit this area will depend on your individual choices. Starting in either Idaho or Montana will be the first decision. Staying in a hotel, cabin, RV, or tent are all possible in this area. The type of vehicle or the amount of time you want to spend hiking trails into the Wildernesses will also be factors. Just driving the road in a high clearance vehicle will take 8 to 10 hours. ATVs and motorcycles are limited by the amount of fuel and camping gear they can carry. The Burnt Knob LO will require a 4X4 or a willingness to hike uphill for about 1 1/2 miles. The road from the Montana side is OK for ATV and horse trailers to the Magruder Ranger Station and Selway River and might be considered as part of your planning. RVs can access the Fales Flat Campground from the Montana side of the corridor. There is no cell phone service in this area.Show more
#2 - Selway Upper and Lower River Trail
Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness
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Length: 47 mi
The Selway River is a one of the premier river runs in the US. It is very difficult to get a permit (only 60 issued each year), but the trip is awesome for multi day trips. The largest rapids are in the lower section after the Selway merges with Moose creek. That section is known as Moose Juice and is about 5 miles of rapids with the river dropping 50' per mile. Further down is Wolf Creek rapid which has very large hydraulics. Show more
#3 - Selway River Trail
Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness
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Length: 16 mi • Est. 9 h 4 m
#4 - Meadow Creek Trail
Nez Perce National Forest
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Length: 26.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
#5 - Cupboard Creek Trail
Nez Perce National Forest
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 5 h 44 m
#6 - White Cap Creek to Triple Lakes
Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness
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Length: 42.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
#7 - Dry Saddle to Bear Point
Nez Perce National Forest
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Length: 24.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
#8 - Green Mountain Trail
Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness
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Length: 12.8 mi • Est. 8 h 46 m