Miles of driving trails through the Great Cedar Grove; Continuing up the Upper Basin Road - 11 Miles from Elk River is the Giant Cedar Tree -- 177 ft tall, 18 foot in diameter and approximatedly 3,000 years old. This is a gentle paved path. At the trailhead there is a picnic area and restrooms at the parking lot. These are for summer viewing only -- In the winter the road is closed to automobiles because it is part the snowmobile trail system.
Natural and no-frills, individualistic and unpretentious. The trailhead to fun, relaxation, and adventure. There are many trails to choose from, depending on what you like to do and your spirit of adventure. Hike to free-falling Elk Creek Falls, cascading 300 ft. to the creek and on to Dworshak Reservoir. Take a swim in the swirling pools at the base. Bring your RV or tent, hundreds of campsites to choose from. Hike, drive or snowmobile to the top of Elk Butte (elevation 5,824 feet) for a spectacular view of two National Forests and the rugged Selkirk-Bitterroot Range. Dogsled Musher's run the vast white wilderness. Visit a stately cedar grove, home of the largest cedar tree in the Rocky Mountains, more than 3,000 years old and 18 foot in diameter. A maze of back country trails and logging roads is ideal for trail bikes, ATV's and 4 wheel drive vehicles. Drive the trails, see Dent and Granddad Bridges. Cross-Country bicyclists tour in for a rest, and mountain bike enthusiasts come to test the rugged terrain. Fly in for breakfast and tour the town. Sleuth out a likely spot to fly-fish Elk Creek. Canoe the pond, take a dip or suntan on the docks. Toss a hook and plan on trout for dinner. Search out elusive wild mushrooms or hunt huckleberries. Wildlife abounds: elk, deer, moose, bear, bobcats, cougars, grouse, hawks, mink, pine marten, muskrat, otter, fisher, and turkeys. Bird watching is a great favorite in the Audubon paradise. Hunters return year after year. 300 miles of groomed trails make for the greatest snowmobiling you'll find anywhere, or see the country close up from miles of pine-lined, cross- country ski trails. Enjoy small-town life in a friendly community of 150. Tennis and Basketball Courts, Kids playground, Snowshoe, read a book or take a nap. Snowboard or Hide out and do nothing. Elk River welcomes you to come share the trails!