This route follows a segment of the old southern Nez Perce Trail east from Nez Perce Pass to the crest of 7,722-foot Castle Rock. Located within the 65,000-acre Blue Joint roadless area, this peak stands on the threshold of two vast wildernesses—the Frank Church–River of No Return and the Selway-Bitterroot—but is currently part of neither. The summit view puts abstract acreage into perspective: From its summit you see only a fraction of the combined wilderness, which, at over 4 million acres, is large enough to encompass the state of Delaware three times over. Highlights: An unobstructed view of the Bitterroot Mountains and Blue Joint Wilderness Study Area (WSA) from atop Castle Rock.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||1,400 ft|
|Season||Best June through September|
|Trailhead Elevation||6,600 ft|
|Top Elevation||7,750 ft|
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