Fog Mountain Trailhead


Fog Mountain Trailhead, located at the end of FS Road 319 and Big Fog Saddle, provides visitors with access to three trails which lead to the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness: Trail #3, #693 and #343.  A four-wheel drive vehicle is required to reach the trailhead--no trailers allowed--or one must hike or ride in on horseback. The road is extremely steep and rocky, so visitors should proceed with caution. Once at the trailhead there is ample parking and a few dispersed campsites. From here the Fog Mountain Trail treats hikers to backcountry trails passing along the banks of the designated Wild and Scenic Selway River and up and out of the river canyon, ascending the steep slopes of Fog Mountain.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Access to Fog Mountain Rd. #319 is limited due to construction
Reservations: Camp spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Fees No Fee.
Best Season: Late Summer for berry-picking and access to high-country
Busiest Season: Late Summer
Restrictions: No trailers allowed.
Closest Towns: Lowell, ID
Water: Drinking water is not provided
Restroom: 1 Vault facility
Operated By: US Forest Service

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Trail #3: Cove Lakes Trail; 7.5 miles, approx. 4 hours; access to cove Lakes and Trail 206 from Big Fog Saddle.

Trail #693: South Three Links Lake Trail

Trail #343: Fog Mountain Trail; 8.5 mile loop
(care of Panoramic views, glacier-carved valleys, alpine lakes, and wildlife await hikers on this ridgeline trail winding deep into the rugged Selway Crags. After hiking 1.5 miles to Big Fog Mountain, bear left onto Trail 363 that leads north through both marshes and rocky areas to the cirques where Big Fog Lake and Legend Lake lie. Trail 363 is faint at times, but getting lost is hard as the ridgeline is steep on both the east and west sides. Bushwhacking is required to reach Big Fog Lake from the east side of Legend Lake. Topographic maps are highly suggested, and best months for hiking are July through mid-October.

Optional Hikes: After reaching Big Fog Mountain, continue east and follow Trail 693 to join the South Three Links Lakes Trail. Upon reaching these lakes at an elevation of 6,780 feet, climb over Jesse Pass and descend towards Cove Lakes. Cove Lakes is one of the most popular destinations in the area, and Cove Lakes Trail will return hikers to the Big Fog Saddle trailhead. This is an extremely difficult hike, and best months for hiking are July through mid-October.

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Fire Danger Level: Low
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