Indian Hill Road Repair
A view of a portion of Indian Hill Road repaired for OHV and non-motorized access after a landslide kept the road closed for an extended period earlier this year. USDA Forest Service photo.
Forest Service road #290, commonly known as Indian Hill Road, is now open to motorized vehicles 50 inches wide and less following a closure due to landslides and associated road failure. The road, located on the Moose Creek Ranger District on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, was repaired thanks to a partnership with the USDA Forest Service and Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR). Through Idaho's State Trail Ranger program, IDPR partnered with the Forest Service to repair this road in addition to working on several other motorized routes on the forest.
The Valley Cats Snowmobile and ATV Club also offered hard work and assistance with road repair work that made this popular route to Indian Hill Lookout once again safe for access by smaller motorized vehicles.
“We are very grateful to Nate Sparks and the Idaho State Trail Ranger program for accommodating a very late request to change the location of a planned Mini-Excavator project to work on the Indian Hill Road," said Jeremy Harris, Acting District Ranger of the Moose Creek Ranger District. "Accommodating this request so quickly provided summer OHV users access to a popular recreational area that would have otherwise remained closed due to a lack of capacity to open and repair so many roads that sustained damage over the winter.”
The road is still closed to full sized vehicles for public safety due to road failures earlier this year. The road has been repaired to the point of safely allowing OHV access, but is still not wide enough to accommodate a full sized vehicle. The road is also open and accessible to non–motorized traffic, including hiking, horseback riding, and bicycling.
For more information and condition updates for Indian Hill Road, contact the Moose Creek Ranger District: (208) 926-4258.