Kooskooskia Meadows Trailhead

Just 15 miles off of the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway and All American Road (US Highway 12), is one of the forest's more obscure trails, but also one of the more beautiful: trail #45, the Wind Lakes Trail. Accessed from the Kooskookia Meadows Trailhead on FS Road 358, this trail guides visitors into the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness.

At a Glance

Open Season: July
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: There are certain restrictions when traveling in the wilderness. Please contact your local Ranger Station to learn about what is and is not permitted. No motorized vehicles are allowed and a group size limit is enforced.
Closest Towns: Lolo, MT
Water: No drinking water provided
Restroom: 1 Vault facility
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Lochsa/Powell Ranger District, 208-942-3113

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Road Cycling

Biking is permitted on Forest Service roads.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Fishing at the Wind Lakes can be an amazing adventure!

Day Hiking

Kooskooskia Meadows Trail (aka Wind Lakes Trail), Trail #45; 3 miles, approximately 3 hrs; This is an easy to moderate hike over rough terrain which travels through subalpine country; route is open and boasts some nice vistas; trail is not recommended for stock travel as it is steep and rocky with tight switchbacks.

Big Game Hunting

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

Viewing Wildlife

Moose, deer, elk and other wildlife often visit this area.

Viewing Plants

This area is a popular spot for viewing gorgeous wildflower displays and is also prized by berry pickers.

Scenic Driving

The Northwest Passage Scenic Byway and All American Road (US Highway 12)

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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