Magruder Corridor Mountain Biking

East of Grangeville and Elk City in the Nez Perce National Forest, the 101 mile Magruder Corridor, which is open to mountain biking, winds through the pristine undeveloped beauty between the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and the Frank Church Wilderness areas. Combined, these two wilderness areas are the largest unroaded block of land in the continental US. The Magruder Road (FS 468) allows primative travel between the wilderness areas from Elk City, Idaho, to Darby, Montana, and crosses the Nez Perce National Forest into the Bitterroot National Forest. This one-lane road, traversing the Bitterroot Mountains, is rough, steep, winding and occasionally washed out without services for 117 miles. There are 10 primative campground along the route, though none have potable water. The road is busiest during the hunting season from mid-September to mid-November. Snow may begin in early October and persist into July. Plan to see more wildlife than anywhere else in the nation, including mountian lion, moose, black bear, elk and an occasional otter on the Selway River.

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Local Contact(s):  NPNF (208) 842-2255 or 983-1950; BNF (406) 861-3269 or 363-3131; Idaho Tourism (800) 635-7820; Montana Visitors (800) 847-4868 or 541-1447.

Best Season:  Jul. - Aug.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Magruder Ranger House (406) 821-3269

Luxury Loding:  None

Breakfast Restaurant:  Tiffy's Cafe, Elk City

Local Website:  click herehttp://www.fs.usda.gov/nezperce

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Date Updated:  7/28/2016

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