Looking for smokeless recreation

mountainThere are places in Idaho and Oregon to hike, camp or fish without smoke.

I’ve been getting questions lately from readers about places to go where the air is fairly clear.

We just came down from doing the Grangeville-Salmon River Road over the weekend and the air was pretty good and so were the views.

We drove the 67-mile road out of Grangeville to the Salmon River and back to Riggins taking in side trips and hikes. It was beautiful and will be featured in Idaho Outdoors Sept. 5.

As we headed back to Boise through the McCall and Cascade areas on Sunday night, the air was pretty clear and the views spectacular.

I just got off the phone with the Wallowa Mountain Visitor Center in Joseph, Ore., and even though there are a few fires burning, the air’s clear and it is not affecting recreation. The Wallowa Mountain Road from Oxbow to Joseph is a pretty good bet for a scenic drive and camping.

The air was clear along the Lochsa River on Tuesday, according to the folks at Three Rivers Resort in Lowell. There were fires burning around the area, especially the Lolo Fire, but the air was clear.

The Stanley area also has been a good bet over the past few days.

Things can change with the wind, weather and new fire starts or the intensity of current fires.

Photo taken off the Grangeville-Salmon River Road looking toward White Bird by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman



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