Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Overview

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Selway River, Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness
Selway River, Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness (Idaho Tourism)

The Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness is located in the Lolo and Bitterroot national forests in Montana and Clearwater and Nez Perce National Forests in Idaho and encompasses 9,767 acres reachable on forest roads west off of U.S. Highway 93. Lolo lands make up only a small portion of the wilderness, but excellent hiking is found along the South Fork of the Lolo Creek and on a two-day round-trip to 9,069-foot Lolo Peak. About 38 percent of this wilderness is in the Bitterroot National Forest. This portion is readily accessible from local roads along U.S. Highway 93 and the road following the Nez Perce Fork of the Bitterroot River.

Hike Lolo Pass
One-fourth of this massive wilderness area, one of the first to be designated under the Wilderness Act of 1964, lies in the Clearwater National Forest. Elevations range from 1,800 feet on the Selway and Lochsa rivers to mountain peaks as high as 8,800 feet along Bitterroot Divide. Hundreds of miles of trails are maintained through the Wilderness. Mechanized equipment, including bicycles, are not permitted in the wilderness or on trails leading into the wilderness. The natural qualities of the wilderness cannot be protected without the help of all wilderness visitors.

Trips and Tours

Custom River Tours
Whitewater rafting trips on the Selway and Middle Fork of the Salmon Rivers. Great wildlife viewing and fishing along the way. Hike, fish, swim, throw horseshoes, or take a sun shower while in camp. Family fun for all.

Holiday Expeditions
More than 30 years providing trips to the most spectacular places on earth. Biking, rafting, kayaking, and whale-watching. Biking in Moab and Canyonlands and whitewater rafting on the Grand Canyon, Green, Salmon, and Snake Rivers. Sea kayaking and whale-watching in Baja, Mexico.

For More Information:
Bitterroot National Forest
Lolo National Forest
Clearwater National Forest
Nez Perce National Forest


Published: 22 Oct 2008 | Last Updated: 12 Oct 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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