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How to get to the Cove/Mallard Base Camp
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When traveling from the NORTH,
WEST or SOUTH, you will eventually end up on US 95
and arrive in Grangeville, Idaho. Turn off of US 95, follow the
signs that say to Elk City which lead through the center of Grangeville,
and head north through town. About 300 yards past the Maverick
Gas Station (on your right), at the north end of town, turn right
on State Highway 13. (NOTE: Grangeville is the last place you
can get gas, as Elk City doesn't serve environmentalists) Just
before you turn off on this road, you can see the Nez Perce National
Forest Supervisor's office just ahead on your left. Continue
on the main road one mile. Follow the main road around a 90-degree
bend (to the left) at the abandoned drive-in theater. Don't continue
straight or you will end up at a ski resort. Follow this road
(about eight miles) until it merges with Idaho State Highway
14, where you will turn/merge east. From here the directions
are the same regardless of where you are coming from.
traveling from the EAST, travel west on US highway 12
until Kooskia. Turn south on Idaho State Highway 14.
here go about 40 miles (about 60 miles, if going from Kooskia),
until you reach the giant timber mill (Shearer Lumber, the corporation
cutting the heart out of Cove/Mallard). Here the road forks.
Take the right fork (Forest Service road 222) toward Red River
(don't continue on Highway 14 to Elk City). Continue on this
road for about 15 miles, till you reach the Red River Ranger
Station. Just before the station, the road forks. Take the right
fork (don't continue on the road toward Red River Hot Springs),
which is still Forest Service road 222, and go past the Ranger
Station(Last chance pay phone!). Continue up this road for about
17 miles to Dixie Summit where it turns to gravel. At this junction
turn right and travel to the town of Dixie. The town of Dixie
is rather long (about one and one half miles), pass through the
center of town and continue past the cemetery. At a place called
the Govens turn left (road 222D) and continue up the road for
about 4 miles. This is a rough road, do not take any forks even
if those forks look like better roads. They lead to private land.
You will pass two signs pointing out trails, spaced at about
mile intervals. After the last sign (pointing to a turnoff to
the right leading to the comstock mines) continue about 1/4 mile.
You will see a steep rough road going off to the left with a
sign notifying you to continue to the other entrance. Continue
past the signs and follow the directional signs that lead to
the basecamp parking lot.
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