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Musselshell OHV Area

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Other Names

Old Musselshell Trail #854, Musselshell Creek, Deer Gulch, Brown Creek Ridge, Clearwater National Forest, Lolo Creek Road, Musselshell Meadows

Last Known StatusClosed For Season

This part of the Clearwater National Forest offers single track motorcycle trails and deep forest scenery. Moose, mule deer, gray wolves and bears are among the many types of wildlife that can be seen here.

Please note that this area is only open for a short period of time each year, from July 1 through the end of September.

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Permit RequiredYesIdaho OHV Registration Sticker
Dates OpenJuly - September
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoA non-resident registration sticker must be purchased. (As of January 2020, Idaho no longer honors stickers from other states.)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermittedNot Recommended
(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep on designated trails
AlcoholNo Restriction
Rule EnforcementFew/Periodic


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest




Prossingle track, deep forest scenery, wildlife viewing opportunities
Consaccess is seasonal, open 7/1 - 9/30
Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CityWeippe, ID
AddressLolo Creek Road, Weippe, ID 83553
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Pierce, ID
1) Take Route 11 south toward Weippe, about 12 miles
2) Turn left (east) on E. Pierce Street
3) Proceed about 12 miles to the trailhead (E. Pierce Street turns into Musselshell Road and NF 100).


Contact InfoClearwater National Forest - Lochsa Powell Ranger District
502 Lowry Street
Kooskia, ID 83539
(208) 926-4274
(208) 476-4541
Contact InfoIdaho Parks And Recreation
5657 E. Warm Springs Ave
Boise, ID 83716
(208) 334-4197
CommentIdaho OHV Sticker Info



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Approx Size6,400 acres (10 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail12
Climate TypeForest
Elevation3000 to 3400 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has few large jumps.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe national forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline Gasoline30+ Miles (SW)Kamiah
Diesel Diesel30+ Miles (SW)Kamiah
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (W)Weippe
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)Lewis & Clark Resort (208) 935-2556
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SW)Lewis & Clark Resort (208) 935-2556
Primitive Camping Campground30+ Miles (SE)Apgar Campground
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SW)Cloningers Harvest Foods (208) 935-2151
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