Eagle Mountain Trailhead

At mile marker 135.3 on US Hwy 12, Idaho’s Northwest Passage Scenic Byway, along the Wild and Scenic Lochsa River, a majestic wooden trail bridge forms part of the Eagle Mountain Trailhead, offering hikers, backpackers and those on horseback an opportunity to experience the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Once across the bridge (don’t forget to take some pictures!), the trail follows the river and then a ridgeline as it winds into the wilderness. Hitch rails and some parking are provided at the trailhead.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24/7, however the roads may not be plowed in winter, hence limiting access to the trail.
Fees: No Fee.
Open Season: Year round
Busiest Season: Late Summer
Restrictions: There are certain restrctions when traveling in the wilderness.  Please contact the District office to learn about what is and is not permitted. No motorized vehicles are allowed and a group size limit is enforced.
Closest Towns: Lowell, ID
Water: No drinking water is provided
Restroom: No
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Lochsa/Powell Ranger District, 208-942-3113

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


River and Stream Fishing

A beautiful and popular place to fish!


Preparation and planning is a must when venturing into any new and remote location, and it's especially important when entering the wilderness. Click here to learn how to prepare for backpacking in the wilderness.

Horse Camping

Although camping at the trailhead is discouraged, once within the wilderness Leave No Trace ethical camping is allowed, and a Pack It In Pack It Out attitude is a must.

Horse Riding

Horses and pack trains can make for an excellent adventure into the wilderness.

Big Game Hunting

Please visit Idaho Fish & Game for details on when, where and what you need to hunt in Idaho.

Viewing Scenery

Traveling the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway will only be the start to the panoramic views and vistas awaiting you as you adventure along the Eagle Mountain Trail.  The Eagle Mountain pack bridge provides a view down the Wild and Scenic Lochsa River rarely experienced, and the forests beyond are full of rich and varied wildlife.


The Eagle Mountain Trail and pack bridge are ideal spots to take a break on that long road trip for a picnic.

Scenic Driving

The Northwest Passage Scenic Byway, US Hwy. 12

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Although trail is not groomed, the area can be a fun place for a snowshoeing or cross country skiing trip with friends or family.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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