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

By Jim Mellen and Dennis Nicholls

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

ISBN 978-1-879628-58-8

Now updated as a third edition, Trails of the Wild Selkirks: South of the Canadian Border focus on the Selkirk Mountains stretching across a wide swath of the Inland Northwest.  They host a stunning variety of landscapes, from lush temperate rain forests to dry ponderosa pine stands to naked granite on the high peaks.  The Selkirks extend far north into Canada, but Washington and Idaho hold one-third of the range plus an expansive, little-heralded trail system.  Updated extensively in this third edition, Trails of the Wild Selkirks is still the most comprehensive guide ever produce for the southern Selkrks, with 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.

Author Dennis Nicholls hiked about 1,300 miles to research the first edition of this book, and Jim Mellen and his wife, Sandii, were frequent hiking companions. Writing in the preface to the second edition, Jim Mellen noted: "While working on the second edition of this book, I was struck by the sheer number of trails, accuracy, and the attention to detail. No matter what I do to update Trails of the Wild Selkirks, it will always belong to Dennis Nicholls."

Nicholls also provides an absorbing natural history of the range, along with several essays drawn from his 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: 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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