Spring conditions limiting stock access on some Selway area trails

As snowpack melts off and trail crews are reaching further into the backcountry, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are working to clear trails and share information about the latest trail conditions with forest visitors. On the Moose Creek Ranger District, conditions are changing rapidly and trail crews and recreation managers urge the public to travel with caution, especially on three popular trails that have segments which are currently impassable or temporarily closed to stock due to these spring conditions.

Meadow Creek Trail #726 was cleared from Slims Camp to Little Creek this spring, at which time crews discovered  damage resulting from high water events in three known locations; one approximately .75 miles south of Little Creek, and two near Pea Creek. These high water events washed the trail tread away down to bedrock in places, making passage by stock hazardous. Additionally, turning stock around on this trail poses significant risk to riders due to the steep terrain. Because of these hazards, an official trail closure was initiated on June 29 which prohibits the use of stock on Meadow Creek Trail between the trailhead at Slim’s Camp and Meadow Creek Cabin. The closure will be in place until the trail can be repaired. Moose Creek Ranger District is currently assessing the condition along the rest of the trail and developing a long–term plan to address the problems. 

Selway River Trail #4 was cleared by crews this spring, but recent blowdown events have left large root wads blocking the trail and damaging the trail tread, making travel between Moose Creek and Bear Creek difficult, especially with stock. This section of trail is located approximately halfway between the Race Creek and Paradise trailheads. Crews are tentatively scheduled to return to this location on July 24 to begin repairing the trail. Until crews return to the site, stock passage is not advised on this section of trail. In addition, a closure order was signed last fall to close Bear Creek Bridge to stock use due to structural damage. This closure is still in effect, and bridge repair work is scheduled for later this summer.

East Moose Trail #421 experienced a debris flow approximately 2.5 miles north of the Moose Creek Ranger Station, near Trout Creek. The resulting log and debris pile will need to be cleared before stock passage through this segment of trail is possible. Crews are tentatively scheduled to work at this site starting July 24.

Visitors are strongly encouraged to contact the Moose Creek Ranger District before planning a trip on these Selway area trails. Visit Fenn Ranger Station, located approximately five miles up Selway River Road #223, or call (208) 926-4258 for the most up–to–date information.

Trail Condition Reports for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are available online at bit.ly/NPCtrails–click on the Central Zone Trails Report for information about trails on the Moose Creek Ranger District.

Official Forest Supervisor’s orders, including closure orders for roads and trails, are posted online at www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/nezperceclearwater/alerts-notices. This webpage also lists road condition reports and general area conditions on the forest.

We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable visit to the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. If you have questions about this trail information or the latest conditions on the Moose Creek Ranger District, or if you have information about recent trail conditions that you would like to share with us, please contact Fenn Ranger Station.