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as moeggs wrote:
Sounds as though there may be more wilderness to explore than I thought! ...

It will take me a lifetime just to even try to explore all of Idaho. And I am not even going to attempt to explore north Idaho - leaving a significant portion of the state out of the equation (unless perhaps I move north). And if I were to try the same for Montana, probably another lifetime, and likewise for, probably Wyoming, and Nevada, and ... many states out here.

Especially if one does not limit the definition of wilderness to a `designated wilderness' ... there is A LOT to explore.

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Look into an Alaskan drop camp that is true wilderness and Montana The Bob Marshall wilderness is also another area to consider Idaho also has some pretty remote areas

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Painted Horse wrote:
As I understand it. Hawks Rest in Yellowstone Park is the Most Remote site in the lower 48 states. It's a 25-28 mile hike or horse ride in from Turpin Meadows. But being the most remote, doesn't mean you will be alone.

It's a very popular area for packers to pack into and camp during the summer. and of course their is no hunting or guns allowed in the park. Remote in this case just means it is the farthest point away from a road or any kind.

The Hawks rest Patrol cabin is approx 1.5 mile sout of the Park Boundary and Hawks rest peak is nearly 2 miles south of the boundary, Hawks Rest is not in the Park and you can carry any firearm permitted by the Great State of Wyoming. You evidently read the book "Hawks Rest", I haven't yet but have a few friends who have and they didn't give it mcuh on reviews. Less people East of there on th Soda fork and West of there over by Fox park. The main trail up the Buffalo has become a freeway to footsoliders and horses alike. I'd be hard pressed to say it's the most remote. If you see 30 people a day remoteness loses is effect doesn't it[/u]

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Hey SH,
while here and we talking "out in the bushes" you ever go across the Magruder cutoff in summer or winter ? and there is another cutoff up north that follows a old Nez Perce trail but can't remember the name saw it on Idaho PBS, beautiful country

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I'm not by my maps but by Magruder I am thinking you mean the road from Elk CIty east across mountains, etc. over to Darby Montana???? ... I have been east of Elk City a ways, and I have spent some time in the drainages to the north (Selway) ... but it has been many years. I chatted with some of my college students back about doing the Elk CIty - Darby thing on mountain bikes - which sounds like FUN (if one were appropriately prepared).

Nez Perce Trail ... Lochsa, Lolo Pass, etc.??? ... yeah, I have been on part(s) of those. IMO it is STRANGE country. A lot of the Clearwater/Lochsa/Selway country is strange. You can walk for miles in dense forests and be simultaneously lost and not really getting anywhere. I prefer open country where I can see - which is possible only on the TOPs of the country.

Also ... along some of these trails you will find monuments, stories, etc. ....where the explorers couldn't find any game, had to shoot and eat a horse ... Stories of hunters abandoning one another as winter struck, etc.

Too strange.

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I agree having spent way too much time in there myself. It's deceptively steep (although it doesn't look that bad from the air or in photos) and it's nasty thick. I'm also a much bigger fan of the open country. That being said, I have seen a respectable Elk shed or two in that neck of the woods, but not so respectable that I'd go crawling in there after them.

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Yep, the one that crosses the Selway and you can run north to Paradise if you want or on west to Elk City
I think it is the one on the Lochsa.
There was a story years ago in a forgotten magzine, called "The Witness trees" about horse/mule packers freighting supplies from Kalispell and Missoula over to Elk City and that country, good read especially if like you are like meand have a bunch of horses and mules

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I hunted on the N. fork of the Cour de' lane a few years back that was some awsome country but acess is pretty high....heres some pics of it...

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Looks like some dandy expanses of black timber up there, but you say lots of access? must be quite a few logging or FS roads.
one of these years I'm going to pack into either moose creek or wahoo both drain into the main Selway going to do it just to see the country, I don't know how many people chasing elk in there now with the wolf raising so much hell with the elk up that way.

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