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Old 03-16-2015   #1
 
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Selway, the road to Paradise Camp/Put In

What is the typical marker for the determining if the road is opening. The MF has the snotel at Banner summit. Does the Selway?

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Road Opening

Normally the forest service will open the road over nez perce pass on memorial day weekend or possibly before. Unlike the MFS there are funds allocated for opening the road. There will have been plenty of hunters that have been in early season as well. From what I've heard there isn't a whole lot of snow up on the pass right now, so you should be fine.
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Any possibility of it being open pre-permit, so May 14th? What determines when the FS opens the road, is it snow pack, the date, both, etc.

Has the road ever been open pre-permit?
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Actually there is money allocated to plow the road into the Middle Fork at Boundary. The ranger told me he chose not to use those funds ( for that purpose anyway) to let the upper camps "rest" some more.

That was three years ago. I was so mad I could spit.
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Any possibility of it being open pre-permit, so May 14th? What determines when the FS opens the road, is it snow pack, the date, both, etc.

Has the road ever been open pre-permit?
I think it could definitely be open early, but it depends on weather. April could be really wet all of a sudden you just never know. The road probably has been opened pre-permit before in the past, you could probably call the ranger station and see what they say. But the selway normally is in full on spring flood basically at those times, mid may to beginning of june. I certainly would consider going pre-season if it was looking like it wasnt' going to go up to 6ft anytime soon or 4ft for that matter. There have definitely been plenty of people stuck above Moose Creek wondering if the river will fall in a couple days. At high flows moose juice is better reserved for class v kayakers and extreme water cat boaters. It isn't the lochsa with a road next to it when the shit hits the fan.
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I've been preseason about 10 years ago. The road opened the before we launched (9th?) and the flow was about 3.5'. It does happen. I've also been on at flows of 6, and 7+. The latter is the real deal for rafts and cats. 6' was about as big as I want to see it again, and only with an experienced group.


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I plan on jeeping around in that area the end of march. I'll report back. I was thinking about a pre permit trip as well but we are doing lodore instead. I'm guessing its going to be high water in early april.
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Paradise Shuttle

There is a group in the Darby area that will shuttle you into Paradise with large 4 wheel drive vehicles. My brother has used them to get in before the road was open. The local shuttle folks would be able to give you contact information.
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There is a group in the Darby area that will shuttle you into Paradise with large 4 wheel drive vehicles. My brother has used them to get in before the road was open. The local shuttle folks would be able to give you contact information.
I know who you are talking about. I have a number if you need it pm me
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I've been in there with some decent water so I know what to expect. I also have the monster truck set up to get a group in. The monster trucks are expensive so that's why I was wondering about the road. Sounds like there is no easy measuring stick like the MF.

Thanks for the information, the more the better so keep it coming.

Idaho snowpack is dropping scary fast
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