With its western terminus near Wallace, Idaho, and the eastern end outside of Plains, Montana, this route is most easily run/hiked from west to east. This gives you a net downhill of 1500 feet. A scenic, primitive, mostly ridgeline track with plenty of dense forest mixed in to keep it interesting. Mostly narrow singletrack but logged out completely in 2018, there is only 6 miles of dirt road at most. West end provides views of many sub-alpine lake basins. This would be a beautiful run or hike later in the season for larch viewing and since it is not as high in elevation as some of the other routes. This trail does skirt the edge of grizzly bear country, so if that is a concern for you please carry bear spray, have it readily available, and know how to use it. This area is also home to the Canadian Lynx, one of the rarest mammals in these mountains, so keep an eye out and you may get lucky. Water can be scarce.
Wild Idaho Endurance Challenge events are self/unsupported wilderness fun runs. No course markings, no aid stations, no set date or time. You can complete them by yourself at any time or with a friend or two. Routes must be completed on foot and in one push. The nice part is that there are no cutoffs, so if you find a lake where you want to take a dip or a special viewpoint that you want to sit and enjoy, there is no pressure! Please take photos and visit the Facebook or Instagram pages afterwards and share with us how it went with a short trip report! You can either self report your time on the honor system, or you can submit your Strava/Gaia/Garmin/Suunto etc track. Please visit the website for GPS/GPX tracks of your route. Finishers will have their time posted and will be given a small swag bag.
To get people out into the wonderful wilderness areas that we have here! Information isn't always readily available for these areas and maps can be scarce and not always reliable. That can intimidate some that aren't as experienced outdoors-people. The goal is to empower people to get out into these wilderness areas, to raise awareness of them, and hopefully to protect them into the future.
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ALL PROFITS FROM REGISTRATION FEES will be donated to the Montana Wilderness Association.