Lower Selway River

Lowell, Idaho

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This is a beautiful wilderness river in a deep forested canyon. There is early and late season access as well as routes to many loop backpacking trips. Due to its low elevation, this is one of the earliest accessible trails in northern Idaho. It begins at 1,780 feet elevation, at the upstream end of the lower parking area, where you will see the trail register. The trail heads upstream (east) along the north side of the Selway. It sparkles with mica on sunny days as it winds along the river through a canyon cutting through decomposing Idaho Batholith granite. Although the Selway also runs bank-full in spring, it nevertheless runs clear because it drains more than a million acres of pristine Selway–Bitterroot Wilderness. Alas, the fishing doesn’t get really good until the water begins to recede (in some years, late July). All along the trail are nice rest stops under big cedars or on the numerous sand beaches. This trail is perfect for leisurely weekend family hikes, but watch small children closely since the trail traverses ledges and cliff s that drop abruptly to the river.
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Backpacking Idaho

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

This is a beautiful wilderness river in a deep forested canyon. There is early and late season access as well as routes to many loop backpacking trips. Due to its low elevation, this is one of the earliest accessible trails in northern Idaho. It begins at 1,780 feet elevation, at the upstream end of the lower parking area, where you will see the trail register. The trail heads upstream (east) along the north side of the Selway. It sparkles with mica on sunny days as it winds along the river through a canyon cutting through decomposing Idaho Batholith granite.

Although the Selway also runs bank-full in spring, it nevertheless runs clear because it drains more than a million acres of pristine Selway–Bitterroot Wilderness. Alas, the fishing doesn’t get really good until the water begins to recede (in some years, late July). All along the trail are nice rest stops under big cedars or on the numerous sand beaches. This trail is perfect for leisurely weekend family hikes, but watch small children closely since the trail traverses ledges and cliff s that drop abruptly to the river.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Lowell
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 154 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 or more days
Season: July–September
Trailhead Elevation: 1,780 feet
Top Elevation: 1,934 feet
Local Contacts: Moose Creek Ranger Dis- trict; (208) 926-4258; www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater
Local Maps: USGS Fog Mountain and Selway Falls ID; Selway–Bitterroot Wilderness map; Nez Perce National Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Selway River

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