Best Lolo Pass WInter Sports Area Cross Country Skiing

The 8th most popular XC Ski in Idaho.

  Idaho, US


  July 12, 2016

Southwest of Missoula in the Clearwater National Forest, the Lolo Pass region bridges both the Lolo and Clearwater National Forests high in the Bitterroot Mountains. Don't underestimate the size or the ruggedness of the Bitterroots! The Lolo Pass Winter Sports Area (Idaho Park-n-Ski permit required) is open from December through March. This heavily forested area provides access to over 80 km of backcountry ski trails, including 10 km of groomed track.

The 3.2 km Glade Creek Trail is the easiest. The 13 km Pack Creek, 9 km Granite Pass and 11 km Lee Creek A Trails are more difficult. The most difficult trails in the area Moose Ridge (23 km), Lee Creek B (11 km) and Wagon Mountain B (11 km), which leads to NFS Lee Creek Campground and Lolo Hot Springs (skins may be required). The only groomed track is Packer Meadows (10 km).

Overall, Lolo Pass WInter Sports Area is the 8th most popular cross country ski area of all 41 Nordic ski destinations in Idaho.

Local Contacts:  CNF (208) 476-4571; LNF (208) 942-3113; Idaho Tourism (800) 635-7820.

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Mixed

Base Camp:  Lolo Hot Springs (406) 273-2290

Luxury Loding:  None

GPS:  46.6349, -114.5803

Date Published:  12/25/2015

Date Updated:  7/12/2016

ID:  7225

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