|Biroth Ridge Hike|
5-mile hike. Exceptionally remote and scenic, this hike follows the spine of 8,000-foot Biroth Ridge. The first half of the trail winds through conifer forests where blue grouse, finches, warblers, and woodpeckers can be seen. Look for Rocky Mountain elk on the slopes above Slide Creek. Mule dee...
|Description: This half-mile-deep river gorge is in a wilderness of high mountains, high plateaus, and rugged lava flows. The drive begins at the canyon’s lower end, passes through the town of Jarbidge, and climbs to the wilderness boundary where a trail leads to Jarbidge Lake.|
Wildlife to Watch: Look for mule deer, golden-mantled ground squirrels, least chipmunks, and rabbits in the canyon. Yellow-bellied marmots often sun themselves on boulders. Sharp-shinned hawks, golden eagles, and other birds of prey soar near canyon walls. The Jarbidge River is home to rare redband trout and the state’s only population of bull trout. Forests south of the town attract many birds, including blue grouse, woodpeckers, and nuthatches. Use binoculars to spot MacGillivray’s warblers, yellow-breasted chats, and other warblers along the riparian corridor.
Special Tips: MANY RATTLESNAKES NORTH OF TOWN. ROAD MAY BE CLOSED IN WINTER, AND SPRING.
Other Activities: Very good year-round viewing of deer (early morning, evening), small mammals, birds of prey, and fish. Excellent songbird viewing spring through fall. Wildflowers, insects, and reptiles best seen in summer and early fall. Primitive USFS campgrounds along river.
Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service & BLM
Size: Twelve-mile drive
Closest Town: Jarbidge
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