Sherman Creek Trail #203


The Sherman Creek Trail, Trail #203, is a 7.1 mile trail providing access to the Lolo Motorway, a historic road once used by the Nez Perce to reach their Salish friends in Montana to trade fish for buffalo, among other things.  The trailhead has a small gravel driveway and parking area that will fit two trucks with stock trailers, a hitchrail, water trough, feed manger and a small toilet. The trailhead is located across from Wilderness Gateway Campground at milepost 122.5 along US Highway 12.

At a Glance

Fees No Fee.
Open Season: Year-round
Best Season: Summer through Fall
Busiest Season: Fall
Closest Towns: Lowell, ID or Kooskia, ID
Water: Drinking water is not provided.
Restroom: 1 vault toilet
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Lochsa/Powell Ranger District, 208-926-4274

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Sherman Creek Trail, #203: 7.1 miles, approx. 5 hours; begins at Hwy. 12 and MP 122.6 and ends at junction with road #500F (Lolo Motorway) at Noseeum Meadows.

Lochsa Downriver Trail, #2: 16 miles, approx. 7 hours; begins at US Hwy 12 and Split Creek Packbridge and ends at trail #203 (Sherman Creek Trail); Trail was primary access to Lochsa Historical Ranger Station prior to bridge construction (MP 111.4) and completion of Hwy 12; Traverses north face of Lochsa Canyon with good views of the river and surrounding mountains; Trail is maintained annually by volunteers; Located on steep rocky terrain, this trail is not recommended for bikes.


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