Trails of the Wild Selkirks: South of the Canadian Border – Third Edition

By Dennis Nicholls and Jim Mellen

Nonfiction, 344 pages, 6″ x 9″
Softcover, maps and photos, appendixes

ISBN 978-1-879628-58-8

Now updated in a brand-new 2022 third edition, Trails of the Wild Selkirks: South of the Canadian Border is the most comprehensive trail guide ever to the American portion of the Selkirk Mountains. The Selkirks host a stunning variety of landscapes, from lush temperate rain forests to dry ponderosa pine stands to naked granite on the high peaks.  The Selkirk Mountains extend far north into Canada, but Washington and Idaho hold about a third of the range – plus an expansive, little-heralded trail system.  Updated extensively in this new third edition, Trails of the Wild Selkirks provides detailed descriptions for more than 170 trails plus charts, maps, and photos to help hikers of all abilities easily find terrific trails and make their own discoveries in the beautiful, wild Selkirks.

Trails of the Wild Selkirks was first authored in 2004 by Dennis Nicholls, who hiked some 1,300 miles to research the first edition of this book – hikes on which his friend Jim Mellen with wife, Sandii, were frequent companions. After Nicholll's untimely death in 2009, Jim Mellen stepped forward to carry on the legacy of his friend in the subsequent second and third editions. Though Mellen himself hikes extensively in the Selkirks, and provides all the current information for the trail guide, he notes "No matter what I do to update Trails of the Wild Selkirks, it will always belong to Dennis Nicholls."

Along with the extensive trail descriptions and directions, Nicholls and Mellen provide an absorbing natural history of the range, along with several essays drawn from their own adventures wandering the Selkirks. Whether you’re a visitor to the area or a longtime resident, Trails of the Wild Selkirks will help you explore and appreciate these little-known wildlands.

A useful companion to this book, also by Nicholls and Mellen is Trails of the Wild Cabinets

Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1956, Dennis Nicholls moved to Montana right out of high school and attended Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell. He then worked seasonally as a forestry technician for 10 years with the U.S. Forest Service. For several more years, he served as a forestry consultant before founding The River Journal newspaper; the first issue was put together on a kitchen table at his home in Trout Creek, Montana. Nicholls passed away May 4, 2009, in Noxon, Mont.

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