Selway Crags / Wounded Doe Ridge

The Selway Crags are found at the southern edge of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area. (This rugged area is discussed in the book beginning on page 64.) This region contains the most extensively glaciated peaks in the central Clearwater Mountains. It is vertical country which is not crowded and is well worth a visit. Chimney Peak and Fenn Mountain are most impressive summits in this area.

The Selway Crags from Peak 6540.

The Selway Crags from Peak 6540 just north of Lolo Pass.

Much of the Selway Crags area was burned years ago, leaving a lot of granite exposed and making the region look higher than it's six to eight thousand foot terrain would lead one to expect. Old Man Lake, Selway Crags.

Much of the Selway Crags area was burned years ago, leaving a lot of granite exposed and making the region look higher than it’s six to eight thousand foot terrain would lead one to expect. Old Man Lake, Selway Crags.

The areas lakes make good base camps and fishing destinations.

The areas lakes make good base camps and fishing destinations.

A moose at Cove Lake. This is wild country. I have not visited the area since wolves were introduced.

A moose at Cove Lake. This is wild country. I have not visited the area since wolves were introduced.

It is up and down terrain which is not easily traversed.

It is up and down terrain which is not easily traversed.

There are open ridges which can be traversed with difficulty. This shot is looking north from near the top of Big Fog Mountain.

There are open ridges which can be traversed with difficulty. This shot is looking north from near the top of Big Fog Mountain.

The deep canyons are filled with thick forests.

The deep canyons are filled with thick forests.

A dry camp on Jesse Pass. It does not get any better than this. There is a spring about a half mile down the west side of the pass.

A dry camp on Jesse Pass. It does not get any better than this. There is a spring about a half mile down the west side of the pass.

A llama train crossing Jesse Pass in 1988.

A llama train crossing Jesse Pass in 1988.

Hiking in the Selway Crags runs the spectrum from open terrain to moderately forest terrain. Trails range from well marked to hard to find.

Hiking in the Selway Crags runs the spectrum from open terrain to moderately forest terrain. Trails range from well marked to hard to find.

While not ever peak in this area is spectacular, peaks like Chimney Peak are among the state's finest summits.

While not ever peak in this area is spectacular, peaks like Chimney Peak are among the state’s finest summits.

Mountain Range: Central Clearwater Peaks

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