Trapper Peak - US Forest Service


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Field Trips and Discussions

  • Devoto Memorial Cedar Grove   WNTS: The Devoto Memorial Cedar Grove(old growth?) is in the Clearwater National Forest, Idaho along US120 near mile 167 and about 10 miles west of Lolo pass. I wondered if anyone has measured any of the trees found in this grove? I am ashamed to admit I have driven by this grove 2 times and never stopped. This summer I did stop for an... more   November 3, 2009
  • Craters of the Moon National Monument (from 2005)  Feb 2005


Bitterroot National Forest The 1.6 million acre Bitterroot National Forest, in west central Montana and east central Idaho, is part of the Northern Rocky Mountains. National Forest land begins above the foothills of the Bitterroot River Valley in two mountain ranges--the Bitterroot Mountains on the west and the Sapphire Mountains on the east side of the valley. The nearest urban area is Missoula, Montana, located 40 miles north of Hamilton, Montana.  Elevation ranges from 3,200 feet at the north end of the Bitterroot Valley to Trapper Peak at 10,157 feet in the mountains on the south. In the Idaho portion of the Forest, elevations drop to about 2,600 feet along the Selway River and 2,200 feet on the Salmon River. Forty-seven percent of the Bitterroot National Forest (743,000 acres) is part of the Anaconda-Pintler, Selway-Bitterroot, and Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.

West Fork District - US Forest Service

Bitterroot Wilderness Areas There is over 743,800 acres of wilderness on the Bitterroot Forest: the Anaconda-Pintler (41,162 acres), Frank Church River of No Return (193,703 acres), and Selway-Bitterroot (508,217acres).

  • Selway-Bitterroot: About 38 percent of this wilderness is on the Bitterroot Forest. This portion is readily accessible from local roads along U.S. Highway 93 and the road following the Nez Perce Fork of the Bitterroot River. More detailed information is available from Ranger District offices in Stevensville, Darby, and West Fork.
  • Anaconda-Pintler: About 25 percent of this wilderness is on the Bitterroot Forest in the southeastern corner. This portion is accessible from the East Fork Road near Sula. For further information contact the Sula Ranger District.
  • Frank Church-River of No Return: Over ten percent of this 2-million acre wilderness is on the Bitterroot Forest. Access to this portion is by a Forest road which follows the Salmon River, the southern bounder of the Forest, or by the road to Elk City, which follows the Nez Perce Fork of the Bitterroot River. The Elk City route is generally not open until July 15, and there are no service stations or other commercial facilities from the West Fork Ranger Station to Elk City, Idaho--115 miles. For further information contact the West Fork Ranger District.

Idaho's Big Tree List All native trees are listed. Minimum tree dimensions are 3 inches DBH and 13 feet tall. Identification of challengers must be confirmed. Index points = circumference (inches) + height (feet) + 1/4 average crown spread (feet). Co-champions are declared when there are two trees of the same species within 5 index points of each other. For Idaho state trees, all native species that meet the minimum tree dimensions are listed. Cultivated trees are listed separately as records are confirmed. Many cultivated species have no recorded champions. Entries should be for trees of relatively large size for any new species listing, as determined by the Idaho Big Tree Program Director.

GORP - Idaho Wilderness Bitterroot, Frank Church-River of No Return, Gospel Hump, Hells Canyon, Salmo-Priest, Sawtooth, Selway-Bitterroot.