Among North Central Idaho’s natural beauties is its forests. Of these, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was quoted, “Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” When traveling through the forests of this region, take a moment to stop and check out the unique trees that give it character
For a day trip or a weekend getaway, or an extended packing trip into the back country, outdoors enthusiasts will spot a variety of dynamic and colorful trees.
Giant White Pine
Where to see: Giant White Pine Campground, 13 miles north of Princeton on State Highway 6; on the Palouse Ranger District.
Where to see: A majestic example can be found in a grove outside Elk River, about two hours from Pullman. This giant cedar is 177 feet tall, 18 feet in diameter and around 3,000 years old. Find this on the Palouse Ranger District.
Giant Western Red Cedar
Where to see: Just nine miles west of Lolo Pass on the Idaho/Montana border, U.S. Highway 12 is the Devoto Memorial Cedar Grove, located on the Powell Ranger District.
Where to see: On the Lolo Pass Trails across the Powell Ranger District.
Western Larch (Tamarack)
Where to see: On the Lolo Pass Trails across the Powell Ranger District. Best viewing for these colorful trees is during autumn.
Where to see: Find these on Boulder Creek Trail no. 211, in the talus fields along the trail; approximately six to eight miles east of Wilderness Gateway Campground, off U.S. Highway 12 (25 miles east of Lowell), on the Lochsa Ranger District.
For information: Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, 208-983-1950, www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater ; also on Facebook and Twitter