Long Canyon

Bonners Ferry, Idaho

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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.
Backpacking Idaho

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Backpacking Idaho

by Ralph and Jackie J. Maughan and Luke Kratz (Falcon Guides)

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.

© 2015 Ralph and Jackie J. Maughan and Luke Kratz/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Bonners Ferry
Distance: 30
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5-6 days
Season: July–October (depending on snow)
Trailhead Elevation: 1,500 feet
Top Elevation: 7,670 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Bonners Ferry Ranger District; (208) 267-5561; www.fs.usda.gov/ipnf
Local Maps: USGS Smith Peak, Pyramid Peak, Smith Falls, and Shorty Peak ID; Kaniksu National Forest–Idaho Panhandle National Forests map
Driving Directions: Directions to Long Canyon

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