Lower Selway River

Lowell, Idaho 83539

Lower Selway River

Lower Selway River Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Nearby City
154 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 or more days
1,780 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,934 feet
Top Elevation
Moose Creek Ranger Dis- trict; (208) 926-4258; www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater
Local Contacts
USGS Fog Mountain and Selway Falls ID; Selway–Bitterroot Wilderness map; Nez Perce National Forest map
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Jul 2018