Hiking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness
by Scott Steinberg (Falcon Guides)
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The first 4.6 miles to Fred Burr Reservoir is like a walk in the park - basically a jeep trail that climbs about 1,000'. Cliffs rise up 2,000' to the north and the views are spectacular. Unfortunately, I was too early to make it much further than the W end of the reservoir due to high, fast, cold water that was difficult to cross and a trail that hadn't been cleared. That, plus another group tried the same trip in reverse and found a solid ice field on the pass that made the trail impassible. But the camp ground at the W end of the reservoir is nice and level. I had the place to myself for 4 days until 12 others came into camp late Friday. It was noisy and crowded so I headed down the next morning. Great fishing and swimming! Use a bear bag and bring your deet.
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