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Road Updates in Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forests

The United States Forest Service in Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forests provided an update on some popular routes through the forest on Tuesday, July 11.

Those interested in traveling on Forest Service Road #500, the Lolo Motorway should be prepared to encounter a significant amount of fallen trees along the route, as well as, persistent snow at higher elevations.

Lochsa-Powell District Ranger Brandon Knapton and family traveled the 500 Road over Fourth of July Weekend and report having cut out about 50 trees between Saddle Camp and 12 Mile Saddle. This serves as a great reminder to always pack a chainsaw when traveling on Forest Service roads, and be prepared to alter travel plans as needed given conditions.

The district hopes to get a fire crew up soon to help cut out the road. For updates on the Lolo Motorway, contact the Lochsa-Powell Ranger District at (208) 926-4274, or visit the office in Kooskia.


The U.S Forest Service has received reports of motorcycles and ATVs having made it through the Magruder Corridor (Forest Service Road #468) between Elk City, ID, and Darby, MT. At this time they still do NOT advise travel on the Magruder Road by full-sized vehicles. As always, please use extreme caution when planning your trip on this route.

For the latest updates, please call the Elk City Ranger Station (208-842-2245) or West Fork Ranger Station (406-821-3269) in Darby.


Hoodoo Pass is open to Superior, MT from the North Fork Ranger District. Visitors to the North Fork should plan for lingering snow at higher elevations and potentially damp conditions. There are also a large number of downed trees and rocks in roadways district-wide.

For travel updates, please call the North Fork Ranger District (208-476-4541) or visit the office in Orofino.