Long Canyon is a splendid example of a northern climax rain forest. Opportunities arise for wildlife viewing, mushroom hunting, and fishing. It is a magnificent ridge walk. Long Canyon is one of the last two unlogged drainages of the American Selkirk Mountains. Parker Canyon, which lies next to it, is the other. The other drainages still have high recreation values, especially near the crest of the range, but they have been partially or completely logged.
This prime area consists mainly of hemlock, western red cedar, white pine, and larch in the middle third. The upper third and ridges are covered with Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir. Wildlife abounds. A few grizzlies and woodland caribou still live in the area. The Selkirk Mountains are the only place that the woodland caribou, an endangered species, still exists in the United States. Mushroom hunting in this rain forest, particularly in September, is good.
Bonners Ferry, ID - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 30