Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness


Dusk near Dry Saddle. Selway/Bitterroot Wilderness. Idaho.

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Copyright Ralph Maughan

The Selway/Bitterroot Wilderness is one of the largest designated Wilderness areas in the 48 contiguous states, and it is separated from the largest one -- the Frank Church/River of No Return Wilderness -- by just a primitive dirt road -- the Magruder road, which runs from Darby, Montana to Elk City, Idaho. The Wilderness includes a portion of the vast ocean of the Clearwater Mountains.


Trapper Peak, Montana, the highest point in the Bitterroot Range. 
© Ralph Maughan

Near Louse Point. looking to the west along Coolwater Ridge. 
© Ralph Maughan


One of the most scenic hikes into the area is along Coolwater Ridge. The photo to the right and the photo to the right above both show this ridge.


This photo was taken of the ridge from near the head of West Gedney Creek in August 1999. Copyright © Ralph Maughan


Sunrise over the Bitterroot Mountains looking up the canyon of the Lochsa River from a ridge in the Wilderness. Copyright Ralph Maughan

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Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness/ Updated Aug. 12, 2004/