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

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

This trail is open to mountain bikers although it is challenging terrain.

Dispersed Camping

Some dispersed camping is permitted but there are no facilities and it's not encouraged.

Day Hiking

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.


See Day-Hiking

Horse Riding

Viewing Scenery

Winding through forest then reaching ridge tops, the Lolo Trail corridor affords visitors panoramic views of the Bitterroot Range to the east, the Crags in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness to the south, a sea of timbered slopes beyond which lies the Camas Prairie and the Seven Devils Mountains to the west and the St. Joe Divide to the north.

OHV Trail Riding

The trail is open to motor bikes as is the Lolo Motorway.

Interpretive Areas

The Lolo Trail corridor is a special place for anyone with a love for history. There is evidence of many activities from the past, traces left by Indian residents, early trappers, travelers and explorers.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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