Palouse Divide Nordic Ski Area


View from the Palouse Divide into the mountains: a snow-laden landscape, covered in crystals of ice.

Only 42 miles north of the college town of Moscow, in north central Idaho, skiiers, skate skiiers and snowshoers alike will find groomed as well as backcountry trails.  Known for its beautiful landscape and spiraling evergreen trees reaching high into the sky, the 18 miles of winter trails range from easy to intermediate in skill level required, making the Palouse Divide Nordic Ski Area ideal for beginners as well as those with more experience.

Click here for a map of the trails.
Visit the Palouse Divide Nordic Ski Club's website for detailed information on trails, current conditions, events and more!

At a Glance

Permit Info: Idaho State Park N' Ski pass is required November 15- April 30. Visit the Idaho Parks and Recreation Nordic website for details on how to obtain a 3-day permit or purchase an annual pass.
Best Season: Winter
Restrictions: Dogs are not allowed on groomed trails.
Closest Towns: Emida, ID
Water: Drinking water is not provided.
Restroom: No restroom is provided
Information Center: Palouse Ranger District, 208-875-1131

General Information


From Moscow travel north on Hwy 95 approximately 16 miles, then travel east on Hwy 6 approximately 23 miles to the parking area.

Recreation Map

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The Palouse area is great for skiing as well as skate skiing.  

The trails along the noth facing Hume Rd. on the Big Loop trail are ideal for traditional and skate skiing.

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

18 miles of easy to intermediate groomed trails hug mountainsides and contour through heavily forested settings, with several steep pitches, make this area ideal for cross-country skiiers, skate skiiers and snowshoers, too.  

Backcountry skiiers can seek turns on Bald Mountain Lookout, Dennis Mountain and on either side of Hwy. 6.

Trails: Trails groomed weekly.  5 groomed trails are found on the east side of Hwy. 6 and 2 on the west side of Hwy. 6. 
13.7 miles = easy; 3.5 miles = intermediate

WEST SIDE OF HWY 6 (dogs allowed)

  • East Dennis Loop- Moderate to intermediate; 5.7 miles roundtrip; approx. 2 – 4 hrs; highest elevation is 4400’
  • Samson Road to Loggers Saddle- Easy to moderate. 6 miles roundtrip; approx. 2-3 hrs roundtrip; highest elevation is 3800’  

EAST SIDE OF HWY 6 (dogs not allowed)

  • Divide Road- Easy; 1.7 miles each way to the Hume Road junction; approx. 1-2 hrs; highest elevation is 3650’
  • Big Loop- Easy to moderate; 5 miles roundtrip; approx. 2 – 2 ½ hours; highest elevation is 3650’
  • Meadow Loop- Moderate; 5.8 miles roundtrip; approx. 3 hours; highest elevation is 3650’
  • Little Loop- Moderate; 2.3 miles roundtrip; approx. 1-2 hours; highest elevation is 3650’
  • Hume Road- Easy to moderate; 8.6 miles roundtrip if you go all the way to the turnaround on Hume Road.
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3600' - 3800'