Officials on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests’ Moose Creek Ranger District are pleased to announce that Forest Service Road #319, better known as Fog Mountain Road, is now open to full-sized vehicles following an extended closure period while crews repaired the road that was damaged by landslides in 2017.
In recent years, Fog Mountain Road, located off the Selway River near Selway Falls, had been open only to non-motorized traffic and to vehicles 50” wide or less due to the nature of the road damage.
This year, crews completed repairs that made the route once again suitable for full-sized vehicle travel.
After evaluation of road conditions, Forest Service leadership made the decision to rescind the closure order restricting access on Fog Mountain Road.
“Staff and I traveled the road recently and confirmed that, at the time of our visit, there were no additional landslides or other concerns that would prevent full-sized vehicles from using Fog Mountain Road,” said Ron Tipton, Moose Creek District Ranger.
“The road needs brushing in a few places, but full-sized vehicles can now safely access the Big Fog Saddle camping area and Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness trailhead at the end of the road.”
Although the road is now open to full-sized vehicles, visitors should not haul trailers along Fog Mountain Road as there is no space along the route to turn around or pass a trailer, which presents a safety hazard.
Fog Mountain Road is open year–‘round, but a vehicle width restriction will remain in place seasonally to lessen impacts to wildlife in the area. Fog Mountain Road will remain restricted to vehicles 50” wide or less annually from November 5 to June 15.
“This is consistent with travel management rules that were in place prior to the 2017 landslides and subsequent closure orders,” explained Tipton.
As with any Forest Service road, conditions on Fog Mountain Road can change quickly and without warning.
Visitors are advised to drive defensively and be prepared to encounter hazards such as downed trees, fallen rocks, wildlife, or oncoming traffic when traveling through the forest.
Visitors are strongly advised to carry a chainsaw and other outdoor equipment to be prepared for a variety of conditions.
“Everyone on the Moose Creek Ranger District is extremely grateful to the hard work of our contractors from Debco Construction in Orofino who helped make these road repairs possible,” said Tipton.
“We hope our visitors enjoy the increased access opportunities made possible on this route thanks to the hard work of everyone involved with this project.”
For information about visiting the Moose Creek Ranger District, please call (208) 926-4258.