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MAGRUDER RANGERS HOUSE, ID
part ofBitterroot National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Thu Dec 31 2015 Season Dates
OverviewMagruder Rangers House is one of seven buildings still used by Forest Service trail crews and wilderness rangers, but it is open to the public through parts of the year. It provides visitors with access to two designated wilderness areas, plenty of opportunities for sightseeing and exploration and a comfortably equipped place to stay.
The house is located on the Selway River, between the 1.2-million-acre Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and the 2.3-million-acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness areas, at an elevation of about 4,000 feet. It was once the residence of the district ranger and his family.
Hunting and fishing are popular activities enjoyed by visitors to the area. The adjacent Selway River and a variety of nearby mountain streams are well known for trout fishing. Anglers might see bullhead, rainbow, steelhead and cutthroat trout, as well as mountain whitefish.
The two-story, five-room log cabin has two bedrooms, a living area, a kitchen and an indoor bathroom. It has beds with mattresses, as well as futons, to sleep up to 10 people. A wood stove for heat is available in the basement of the cabin and firewood is provided.
The adjacent Magruder Road provides drivers with a unique experience in the back country of Montana. The road was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and remains much the same now as it did then. It continues to the Nez Perce Pass and is open in early June.
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Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Darby, Idaho, travel south on Highway 93 for 4 miles to West Fork Road/Highway 473. Continue to the Nez Perce Road/Magruder Corridor Road and go another 34 miles on the one-lane gravel, and partially paved road. Just before the Deep Creek meets up with the Selway River, turn south at a stone bridge that crosses the creek. Maps may be purchased by calling the West Fork Ranger District.
From June to September, the road is only passable by high-clearance vehicles. From December through mid-May, the cabin can only be accessed by cross country skiing and snowmobiling for up to 30 miles from Little West Fork and more than 60 miles from the Red River Ranger Station.
Mailing Address:MAGRUDER RANGERS HOUSE
Phone Number:Information: (406)821-3269