The 500 road


Larry Warren

U.S Forest Service Road 500 is a one-of-a-kind experience. Made accessible in the 1930’s for automobiles, the trek stretches from the Lochsa river to the Clearwater. Also known as the Lolo trail, this path has historical significance from both from the Nez Perce and Lewis and Clark.

The path was taken by for generations by the Nez Perce. Eventually, the school’s name sakes’ Lewis and Clark took the path on their famous journey to the ocean. It’s hard to find a trail that better incapsulates the history of North Idaho.

Despite the fact it called a road, it is extremely narrow and should only be traveled if you have mountain driving experience. Having said that, it is definitely an adventure with one of a kind scenery. When making trips like this it is important to check the Forest Service website prior to going to ensure you have the right equipment and that the road is safe to travel.