Fog Mountain Trailhead

Fog Mountain Trailhead, located at the end of Forest Service road 319 (Fog Mountain Road) and Big Fog Saddle, provides visitors with access to three trails which lead to the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness: Cove Lakes Trail #3, South Tree Links Lake Trail #693, and Fog Mountain Trail #343.  A four-wheel drive vehicle is required to reach the trailhead (no trailers) 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: PLEASE NOTE: Fog Mountain Road #319 is currently closed to vehicles greater than 50" wide due to landslides physically narrowing the road. (Forest Supervisor's Order 01-17-06-17-007, More info.)
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 due to steep conditions.
Closest Towns: Lowell, ID
Water: Drinking water is not provided
Restroom: 1 Vault facility
Operated By: US Forest Service

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Group Camping

There is a single large group site provided for stock users at the trailhead.

Dispersed Camping

A few dispersed camp sites are located at the trailhead.

Day Hiking

Please see Backpacking.


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

Horse Camping

A large group site is provided for stock users and has gravel parking for several trucks.

Horse Riding

This area is a superb location for horse riding.

Big Game Hunting

Big game species found in the area include black bear, elk, moose, mule deer and whitetail deer. Discharging firearms, however, is prohibited near developed recreation sites, Forest Service buildings and living quarters. There are stretches of private land and residences along the Selway corridor. Landowner permission is required to hunt on private lands. Please respect private property.

Specific hunting information can be obtained by contacting Idaho Fish & Game. Before going on your hunting trip, contact the ranger station for access conditions.

Viewing Wildlife

Hike to an area away from human activity and sit quietly for a while. Near the river you may see beaver, moose, deer, elk, black bear and an occasional mink or otter. The Selway River is also home to nesting pairs of osprey; they arrive in the spring and leave for warmer wintering grounds in the fall. Bald eagles use the river during the winter. The Coeur D'alene salamander is found only along the Selway River and Meadow Creek of the Nez Perce National Forest. They like spring seeps, waterfall spray zones and small cascading streams. This salamander has no lungs Instead, it breathes through its skin. Adults measure about 4 inches in length.

Viewing Plants

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

Viewing Scenery

Amazing panoramic views of the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness and the Selway Crags can be seen from the trail.  Further in, experienced hikers can enjoy alpine lakes.


Scenic Driving

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