Nelson Ridge NRT 186

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Trail Distance: 9.3 miles
Time Estimate: 5 hr 40 min+
Elevation Gain: 3400 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: No
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Unknown
Description
Nelson Ridge NRT 186 is a point to point trail with a lot to offer! Remember that you have to walk back as far as you walk in, so pace yourself and don't be afraid to turn back when you're ready. If you're looking for a full day's adventure for you and your dog, you've come to the right place! 


This pawtastic multi-use trail has a variety of ratings, from the simple "hard" to "black diamond", depending on the source and the context. The terrain can be steep, and there's some serious elevation gains between the trailhead and the peak, which is the summit of Nelson Ridge. The view from the top is absolutely breathtaking. In season, you'll find a myriad of wildflowers. If you choose to tackle the climb in snow shoes, you'll have a gorgeous view of the frozen valley around the snowy peak. The trail may be tough, but the going is smooth, and is primarily hard packed dirt. Wear sturdy shoes (whatever season) and avoid going after a heavy rainfall, as the trail can turn to mud in the wrong conditions. 

Your dog will have to stay on leash while you tackle the trail, and with plenty of reason! The path is used for hikers and dog walkers, but it's also very popular with mountain bikers. Equestrians can also use the trail. You don't want your dog to startle a horse--or vice versa! Keeping your dog on leash ensures everyone's safety. 

You should prepare for an all day hike. Bring plenty of water for you and your dog. Snacks will help keep your energy up as well. This trail is out in the wilderness, and there won't be a snack shack along your way! 

If you and your dog think you can go the distance, take the Nelson Ridge NRT 186 challenge! 

Trail Features
Forest, Steep Inclines
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Bears are always a concern in Idaho. Both Grizzly bears and Black bears are common. Protect yourself by keeping all personal hygiene items and food in sealed containers, and wear bells to alert bears that you're on your way--they don't want to meet you either! Ticks are also very common, so prepare with bug spray and check your dog at every rest stop.
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27701-28099 ID-6
Saint Maries, ID 83861
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Address
27701-28099 ID-6
Saint Maries, ID 83861
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset