Spring, Summer and Fall are a great time to visit the Clearwater backcountry! The forests of Western White Pine surrounding Pierce are full of wildlife, and the streams are brimming with trout offering the avid hunter, photographer or fly-fisherman many excellent opportunities.
This is a hunters paradise. From turkey to bear hunting in the spring to trophy whitetail bucks and bull elk in the fall you will not be disappointed.
Some of the best west-slope cuthroat trout fishing in the West is offered in the North Fork of the Clearwater River and its tributaries. The crystal clear waters of the Blue Ribbon Kelly Creek and Cayuse Creek beckon the angler to make just one more cast in pursuit of the big one. The rivers also have a native population of rainbow trout and bull trout.
For photography buffs and hikers, the North Fork River Canyon offers spectacular scenery and stunning vistas. There is an excellent system of hiking trails maintained by the U.S. Forest Service. There is an old growth stand of western Red Cedar and western White Pine, set aside by the Potlatch Corporation showcasing trees 10 to 15 feet in diameter and 200 feet tall.
There are hundreds of miles of abandoned logging roads that are open only to vehicles 48 inches in width that are favored by ATV riders. One such trail leads to Clarke Mountain Lookout which provides you with an awesome view of the North Fork River Canyon.
In the winter the Clearwater Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club grooms 300 miles of trails into the Clearwater backcountry. Many trails lead to scenic vistas while others go along the crystal clear mountain streams. Sled and Bed packages are available through The Outback. For the cross-country ski and snowshoe enthusiasts there are areas set aside for non-motorized use. These areas offer excellent skiing and wildlife viewing. There are several fun runs scheduled throughout the winter sponsored by the Clearwater Ridgerunners and Clearwater Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club. Several Pierce Civic groups sponsor a Winter Festival the first weekend in February.
During the first weekend in August, Pierce holds it’s annual 1860 Days Celebration, to commemorate its beginnings. This is a three-day celebration with many things to do for the entire family.
For the amateur historian, a stop in Pierce is a must. Visit the Chinese Hanging Tree and Ce-metery, Gold Rush Canal Gulch and Historic Artifact Collection, at the Free Public Library. Pierce has many rustic buildings that at one time served as bars or brothels for the logging community in the early 1900’s. Ten miles to the east in Weippe, is where Lewis & Clark met the Nez Perce Indians after their rough trip over the Bitterroot Mountains.