Amazing views and habitable cabin at the top of Wise Mountain.
Several well-preserved cabins along route, including a habitable cabin with functioning stove at top of Wise Mountain. Breathtaking views above timberline. Entire trail is open to unlicensed vehicles including dirt portion of Tiger Road.
The upper section of the Middle Fork is very narrow, rough and steep in places. Early season conditions, when snow lingers on the trail, can create difficult and potentially dangerous situations. When dry, trail is usually suitable for aggressive stock SUVs with high ground clearance and lowrange gearing, but use careful judgment if conditions deteriorate. An optional side trip up “Number 10” Hill is very difficult (see map).
6/26/2020 Submitted by Britt
We took the north fork of the Swan River in our 4 seater side by side today. Only able to go about 1.5 miles past the turn off to Wise Mountain before we hit snow covering the trail.
7/8/2019 Submitted by Bret
Reached Wise Mountain Cabin. A few snowdrifts, but none were an issue to navigate. There was a visible drift blocking the trail after the Cabin at waypoint 04, above the tree line, that should be gone in a week or so.
7/5/2019 Submitted by Bret
There is a 50-yard avalanche about halfway between points 7 & 8 on the route. A mix of snow and pines. Currently impassible.
7/11/2018 Submitted by Charles Wells
I drove this trail on July 1, 2018 and would now rate it “Difficult.” The upper half is extremely narrow in places with larger exposed boulders. Also, the route number has been changed from 221 to 354. The upper half, that starts with a right turn at Waypoint 03 in the book, is numbered 356. In addition, you can no longer camp overnight on the right at the end of Tiger Road. A large parking lot has been built that is for day-use only. The cabin at the top of Wise Mountain is no longer habitable.
Great trail! I prefer going up Northfork and down middle but both ways are fun. Don’t assume that just because...See More
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