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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