Palouse Area

You can cross-country ski, snowshoe, and snowmobile on the Palouse Ranger District of the Clearwater National Forest. Cross-country Nordic ski trails range from easy to more difficult at the two ski areas. The area near Elk River is 53 miles east of Moscow, and
the Palouse Divide area is 42 miles north of Moscow. Many (but not all) of the trails are groomed weekly. You can enjoy snowshoeing on these trails, too.

Please remember to keep your dogs off groomed trails and run them in other areas instead. The 50-mile snowmobile trail system near Elk River follows Forest Service
roads. It is groomed intermittently and ranges in elevation from 2,800 to 6,000 feet. Parking areas at Elk River and the Palouse Divide are plowed as needed. You need an Idaho Park ‘n Ski sticker on your vehicle to park at either area. You can buy your sticker at the Potlatch Ranger Station (1700 Hwy 6) in Potlatch.