Clearwater National Forest
The Clearwater area is widely known for its elk herds, but there are also populations of black bear, mountain goat, white-tailed and mule deer, moose, and mountain lion. The Forest offers many opportunities to observe big game animals in the backcountry and along Forest roads prior to the general hunting season that begins in mid-October. Guided services are available and Forest officers can offer suggestions on where to observe wildlife.
Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness - One-fourth of this massive wilderness area, one of the first to be designated under the Wilderness Act of 1964, lies in the Clearwater National Forest. Elevations range from 1,800 feet on the Selway and Lochsa Rivers to mountain peaks as high as 8,800 feet along the Bitterroot Divide. Hundreds of miles of trails are maintained through the wilderness. Mechanized equipment, including bicycles, are not permitted in the wilderness or on trails leading into the wilderness. The natural qualities of the wilderness cannot be protected without the help of all wilderness visitors.
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Mallard-Larkins Pioneer Area - A 33,000-acre roadless area encompassing the rugged mountains between the St. Joe and Clearwater Rivers lies partly in the St. Joe National Forest and partly in the Clearwater Forest. A trail system provides access on both sides. The area is popular for hiking and fishing and for viewing and hunting wildlife.
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