Parker Ridge Trail #221


The trail begins in a boulder field at the junction with Trail #7 and Trail #13. The trail ascends for .5 mile through a series of steep, rocky switchbacks to near the ridge top. A final climb of 40% pitch brings the trail to a small saddle with outstanding views. From this saddle the trail follows Parker Ridge to the .75 mile and the junction with Trail #15. Trail #15 switchbacks down 500 feet in .5 mile to Long Mountain Lake. The lake nestles on a rocky knob between Parker Ridge and the Parker Creek headwaters. Trail #221 follows the ridge to the 4.75 mile to junction with the spur trail leading to Parker Peak. The spur trail ascends .5 mile to the peak, which affords spectacular views. From this junction, Trail #221 drops from the ridge, under Parker Peak through the most dramatic terrain on the trail for the next 1.5 mile. At the 6.5 mile the trail rejoins the ridge and begins a four-mile descent toward the Kootenai Valley. The trail enters stands of lodgepole pine and Douglas fir while the land is less rugged than the upper ridge. When the trail reaches the 10.5 mile, at the apex of a switchback, an old '5 mile' sign is tacked to a tree. Twenty feet from the end of this switchback is a small spring that provides the only water between Parker Lake and the Kootenai Valley. From here Trail #221 begins a series of switchbacks at a constant 22% grade which wind into forested draws then out to steep, open meadows until reaching its terminus at Trail #14.

USGS Quad(s): Smith Falls, Pyramid Peak
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At a Glance

Restrictions: Closed to motorized use.
Closest Towns: Bonners Ferry, Idaho

General Information

Directions: Access:

#1... From Valley bottom:

Travel north on US 95 from Bonners Ferry for 15 miles. Turn left onto Highway 1, and continue north for approximately 2 miles to Copeland Road (County Road 45). Turn left on Copeland Road, and follow it across Kootenai Valley to Westside Road #417. Turn right onto Westside road, and follow it for 2½ miles. On the right will be a private road and a small parking area. Trailhead is on the left side of the road.

#2... From Ridge top:

From the Bonners Ferry Ranger Station, travel north approximately 2 miles to Riverside Road. Turn left on Riverside Road (just before bridge), and follow it 5 miles to the Kootenai Wildlife Refuge. Once inside the Refuge, Riverside Road turns north into Westside Road #417 (County Road 18). Continue north on Westside Road to Trout Creek Road #634. Turn left onto Trout Creek Road, and follow it to the end, where you will find the trailhead parking area.



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Parker Ridge Trail #221 is one of the more spectacular ridge trails in the Selkirks and accesses good deer hunting and trapping areas as well as Parker Peak (7670 feet elevation) and Parker Lake, Long Mountain (7265 feet elevation) and Long Mountain Lake, Pyramid Pass, Trail #7 (to Long Canyon) and Trail #13 (to the Trout Creek drainage). The ridgetop is mostly open rock and grassy areas with incredibly beautiful views. There's good fishing at the lakes and there are some areas appropriate for more technical climbing. This is a good trail for horse and hiker travel. It would be a comfortable 2-day hike. Creating new campsites or fire rings IS NOT PERMITTED.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Horse Riding & Camping

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