It’s August and time to be driving the 67-mile Grangeville-Salmon Road, a gateway to some of North-Central Idaho’s most remote backcountry, including hiking and ATV trails, trout-filled alpine lakes, mountain meadows and old fire lookouts, such as Square Mountain Lookout.

It’s Forest Road 221 in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, northeast of Riggins, which winds through a mountainous region with elevations ranging from 1,800 feet on the Salmon River to 8,940 feet at some of the high summits.

The road and spur roads will take you to vistas where you can see the Salmon River canyon, the Seven Devils, Camas Prairie and the 206,053-acre Gospel Hump Wilderness.

The road is accessible from the Riggins or Grangeville areas or up Slate Creek from U.S. 95, between Riggins and White Bird.

This is ridge running Idaho style in the comfort of your pickup truck or SUV.

For information, call the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest at 208-935-2513.

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