Magruder Wilderness Road Work Planned
The Magruder Road Corridor is a primitive U.S. Forest Service road that winds between two wilderness areas - the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness - for 100 miles between the Bitterroot Valley and Elk City, Idaho. The road requires some work each year.
Crews from the West Fork Ranger District of the Bitterroot National Forest will be working on a stretch of that unpaved route between Kim Creek Saddle and Salmon Base Camp starting this month. Tod McKay of the Bitterroot Forest said the crews will be removing deep ruts, washboard areas and large rocks. They also will install drainage features "including water bars, drivable dips and ditch relief culverts." Work on the 8-mile stretch will cause temporary delays. The work site is southwest of the Selway River Road #6223, the route to the Paradise Campground, the Selway river and the historic Magruder Ranger Station. Of course, snow at Salmon Base Camp doesn't allow passage that direction until later in the summer. Those who attempt the Magruder Road drive should know that the road is rough - 4-wheel drive vehicles only - and there are no services for at least 120 miles.