Selway Wilderness lakeThe Frank Church River of No Return and the Selway –Bitterroot Wilderness combine to create the largest wilderness area in the continental US. These wilderness areas offer solitude and pristine beauty. Seldom will you cross paths with another person as you travel the trail past an old Indian grave and see the telltale marks left on trees by trappers baiting for small game. What lies before you is a mind boggling 4.2 million acres of wilderness.
You’ll experience the best of both states as you leave the Bitterroot Valley of Montana and drive over the Nez Perce Pass on the Magruder Corridor into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. At the top of the pass on the Idaho / Montana state line lies the Southern Nez Perce Indian trail. This historic trail was once among the frequently used routes by the Nez Perce Indians traveling to and from their buffalo hunting grounds. Famous trappers like Kit Carson, miners packing their gold, traders and other early adventurers also used the trail.
Today the landscape remains much the same as the 1800’s as we hike or ride horses down the same well worn trail enjoying the magnificent scenery.
A Little History
The rich history continues as you follow the Magruder Corridor to Storm Creek’s Base Camp. The roads namesake Lloyd Magruder was a merchant who owned a business in Elk City, ID and was returning from Virginia City, MT with a handsome profit of gold dust from selling supplies to miners. He was ambushed en route by four men. He and his hired hands and 50 mules were murdered and burned to hide the evidence. The murderers took the gold and went to San Francisco to “live it up.” When Magruder didn’t return home his good friend went looking for him. He discovered what had happened and hunted the men down and brought them back to Idaho for a trial that resulted in the first legal hanging in the state of Idaho.
Less people, more wildlife and an abundance of wildflowers amidst breathtaking scenery are complimented by our friendly atmosphere top notch service and warm western hospitality. All of our savory meals are prepared fresh by our chef, including the breads, desserts, soups and cookies.