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Craig Mountain Wildlife Area - Wapshilla Ridge

Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains
46.0224, -116.8365 Map & Directions
Length
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2000 feet
Highest Point
4900 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
The south end of Wapshilla Ridge. Photo by RichP.
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Ridges/passes

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

Hike out along a skyline ridge looking over with the Snake and Salmon River Canyons thousands of feet below. In season, the flower show is stunning. Bring lots of water as there is none along the ridge. Continue reading

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Hiking Craig Mountain Wildlife Area - Wapshilla Ridge

Wapshilla Ridge is located on the south side of Craig Mountain Wildlife Area in Nez Perce County, Idaho. The area is jointly managed by The Nez Perce Tribe, The BLM, Idaho Fish and Game and Idaho Department of Lands. Wapshilla Ridge is known for its panoramic views of river canyons and the spring flower show.  

A gate is located 37 miles south of Lewiston, ID, on Zaza Rd, and only hikers, bikers and equestrians are permitted out on the ridge, which eventually drops to the confluence of the Salmon and Snake Rivers. Carry all the water you need because the ridge is dry. 

From the gate, the way is along gravel access roads. There are multiple crisscrossing roads as well as game trails throughout this area, so a map and navigation skills will aid visitors in finding their way. Hikers can stay on the ridge or choose to either head east and eventually drop down to the Salmon River, or stay trending west toward the Snake River. 


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Craig Mountain Wildlife Area - Wapshilla Ridge

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 46.0224, -116.8365 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From the Highway 12 bridge over the Snake River in Lewiston Idaho: Head east over the bridge into Idaho and immediately turn right onto Snake River Drive for 10.6 miles (this will become Tammany Creek Road). Turn right to stay on Tammany Creek Road for another 3.9 miles, then turn right onto 540 Road/Waha Road for about 15 miles, then take a slight left to stay on this for another mile. Turn right onto Road 540/Zaza Road and stay on this for about 13 miles until the road ends at a gate. This is the start of the hike.

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Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

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Craig Mountain Wildlife Area - Wapshilla Ridge

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