Grandfather Mountain

Clarkia, Idaho

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There’s nothing geriatric about the hike to Grandmother and Grandfather Mountains. The trail rocks hikers to sleep with gentle ridge-top terrain before bringing out the creaks in their legs with steeper sections to the summits. Grandmother, at elev. 6,369 feet, and Grandfather, at 6,306 feet, have stood for generations above one of the few roadless areas remaining in northern Idaho. The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management have designated this area for roadless, non-motorized use, but abuses by ORVs are evident. The Grandfather Mountain trail leaves what was the Old Montana Trail, formerly a route used by Native Americans, beside Marks Butte. The Marble Creek drainage to the north was logged between 1916 and 1932. At one time it was said to contain the largest stand of uncut white pine in the country. But no more. Disease took its toll among the trees and the evidence of early-day logging is everywhere. Skeletons of steam engines, logging camps, flumes, trestles, and log chutes abound.
100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest

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100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest

by Rich Landers & Spokane Mountaineers (The Mountaineers Books)

There’s nothing geriatric about the hike to Grandmother and Grandfather Mountains. The trail rocks hikers to sleep with gentle ridge-top terrain before bringing out the creaks in their legs with steeper sections to the summits. Grandmother, at elev. 6,369 feet, and Grandfather, at 6,306 feet, have stood for generations above one of the few roadless areas remaining in northern Idaho.

The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management have designated this area for roadless, non-motorized use, but abuses by ORVs are evident. The Grandfather Mountain trail leaves what was the Old Montana Trail, formerly a route used by Native Americans, beside Marks Butte. The Marble Creek drainage to the north was logged between 1916 and 1932. At one time it was said to contain the largest stand of uncut white pine in the country. But no more. Disease took its toll among the trees and the evidence of early-day logging is everywhere. Skeletons of steam engines, logging camps, flumes, trestles, and log chutes abound.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Clarkia
Length: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 to 5 hours or overnight
Season: Early July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 5,900 feet
Top Elevation: 6,369 feet
Local Contacts: Idaho Panhandle National Forests, St. Joe District, St. Maries Office
Local Maps: USGS Grandmother Mountain
Topo Map: Grandfather Mountain Topographic Map
Guide Book: 100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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8/4/2006

Overall a great little half a day hike. Starts off through some subalpine fir, and opens up towwards grandmother mountain. Between grandfather and grandmother mountain is a really nice, shady, mountain hemlock stand. Saw a good sized white-tailed buck deer in there. There are a few clearcuts in sight, so it's not a real wilderness experience, but there are beautiful views none the less.

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