Salmo-Priest Divide Loop

Metaline Falls, Idaho 83853

Salmo-Priest Divide Loop

Salmo-Priest Divide Loop Professional Review and Guide

"Along the northern Washington and Idaho border there are still mountains with vast old-growth rain forests. This is the wild homeland of the endangered mountain caribou, the Canada lynx, and the grizzly bear.

Going clockwise, take well-marked Trail 506 down toward the South Salmo River. You drop immediately and follow well-constructed switchbacks down through an increasingly beautiful old-growth forest to the river. There are plenty of springs and small creeks. You wind down among huge Douglas fir, white pine, and western red cedar. Some are more than 1,000 years old. The understory consists of many kind of berries, devil’s claw, ferns, carpets of moss, and many more species. The high-elevation beginning of this trail may cross deep snow under the trees in early to mid-July."

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Trail Information

Metaline Falls
Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Best Mid-July through late September
5,910 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,410 feet
Top Elevation
Sullivan Lake Ranger District, Colville National Forest.
Local Contacts
Continental Mountain, Salmo Mountain USGS quadrangles. The Forest Service's Salmo-Priest Wilderness is the most accurate.
Local Maps