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Nelson Ridge Trail

Nelson Ridge is part of the Wonderful-Shefoot Trail System in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest.

Length: 9.30 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Motorized vehicles - Motorcycling
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Avery, ID, in the Idaho Pandhandle National Forest.
State(s): Idaho
Counties: Shoshone
Longitude: -115.78997
Latitude: 47.25198

Driving Directions

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The area is forested, steep, rugged and predominately national forest land. It is dominated by the North Fork of the St. Joe River (North Fork), Loop Creek and the nearby peaks. It is bounded by the North Fork on the west, the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District and the Montana stateline on the north, Bird Creek Road on the east and the St. Joe River on the south. Elevations range from 2500 feet at the St. Joe River to 6838 feet at Stevens Peak. Early mining, logging and railroad activities within this area left abundant cultural resource sites including the Route of the Hiawatha Rail-Trail.

Roads traverse this area with main access up the North Fork, Bullion Creek and Loop Creek and along the state line. Loop Creek to Shefoot and the state line are very popular routes for ATV riders. Both roads have dispersed camping sites all along the roadway. There is one developed campground at Telichpah Campground.

Additional Details

Width: 18 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 5%
Maximum Grade: 10%
Elevation Low Point: 2,500
Elevation High Point: 5,900
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details Wonderful-Shefoot Trails

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Tracy Gravelle
Idaho Panhandle National Forest
HC Box 1
Avery, ID 83802
(208) 245-5417
[email protected]



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