Eldorado Creek Roadless Area

Eldorado Creek Click on the image to enlarge and zoom in.

Eldorado Creek Roadless Area is the last natural area remaining in the more gentle and rolling forests that used to characterize North Central Idaho. A poorly drawn Forest Service boundary in 1987 resulted in some of the area being logged. Fortunately, at about 7,000 acres, it exceeds the minimum acreage recommendation for wilderness designation.

Centered at the headwaters of the Eldorado Creek drainage, this parcel sits approximately fifty miles slightly southeast of Orofino and is accessible by numerous, mostly graveled, Forest Service roads. The interior can be reached by about eight miles of low-standard trails. Though the area is small, it is notable for its good soil, gentle terrain, and hardy evergreen canopy within the Lolo Creek drainage. Dense stands of pine, fir, cedar, spruce, larch, and hemlock create a cool, lush shelter for wolverine, deer, moose, and black bear to traverse. Elk that winter in the adjacent Pete King drainage and North Lochsa Slope are provided summer range. Unsurprisingly, big game hunters, as well as huckleberry foragers, are the most frequent human denizens. In the past, two prehistoric hunting areas and three Nez Perce Indian trails existed in this area, and a few old lookout and cabin remains can still be found.

Eldorado Creek Roadless Area, FOC Photo

Though the natural appearance within the area has not been altered, intensely harvested timber areas surround Eldorado Creek. Without protection this verdant, unassuming gem could easily be absorbed by neighboring development.

Descriptions of other Roadless Areas on the Nez Perce – Clearwater National Forests

Clear Creek

Cove – Mallard

Dixie Summit – Nut Hill

Eldorado Creek

Fish – Hungery Creek (North Lochsa Slope)

Gospel – Hump Additions

Grandmother Mountain

John Day

Kelly Creek (Great Burn)

Lick Point

Little Slate Creek

Little Slate Creek North

Lochsa Slope/Selway – Bitterroot Addition

Mallard – Larkins

Meadow Creek/Selway – Bitterroot Addition

Moose Mountain

North Fork Slate Creek

North Fork Spruce/Selway – Bitterroot Addition

O’Hara – Falls Creek

Pilot Knob (Silver Creek)

Pinchot Butte

Pot Mountain

Rackliff – Gedney/Selway – Bitterroot Addition

Selway – Bitterroot Additions

Siwash Creek

Sneakfoot Meadows/Selway – Bitterroot Addition

Upper North Fork

Weir Creek (Weir – Post Office)

Weitas Creek


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