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.|
|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|
|Operated By:||US Forest Service|
|Information Center:||Lochsa/Powell Ranger District, 208-942-3113|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The Northwest Passage Scenic Byway, US Hwy. 12
Although trail is not groomed, the area can be a fun place for a snowshoeing or cross country skiing trip with friends or family.