Evolution 2009

The Inland Northwest

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Outdoor adventures

At the center of the Inland Northwest, Moscow is within a day's drive of some ofthe greatest wilderness in the United States. Whether you take advantage of the local rails-to-trails bike paths or add a side trip to Glacier National Park, Evolution 2009 is an opportunity to see the natural world up close.

For more suggestions, see the Moscow-Pullman Daily News visitor's guide for Latah and Whitman Counties, and a selection of independently-run field trips and activities tailored for conference attendees.

Moscow area

For exercise between symposia, or an easy day trip.


A Barn Swallow on the UI campus.
Photo courtesy Noah Reid.

The diverse landscape of the Inland Northwest provides a fairly rich bird community and the meeting coincides with high breeding season. Opportunities to visit a variety of conifer forest types and remnant Palouse Prairie are within a close drive of town. For birding info, maps, and checklists, see:


Maps of Moscow Mountain trails can be found on the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association site. Many other running routes are mapped at the Palouse Road Runners' site.


The Trail of the Coeur D'Alenes follows the Coeur D'Alene River into the mountains.
Photo courtesy Jeremy Yoder.

Road and mountain biking

Bike rentals are available ($20-30/day) at Paradise Creek Bicycles in downtown Moscow.

Lake MacDonald, Glacier National Park.
Photo courtesy Jeremy Yoder.


If you have a day or two extra, try a backpacking trip, whitewater rafting, or fishing.


Although it will be a bit early for any high mountain backpacking, several excellent low elevation backpacks should be possible:

Fresh-caught Chinook Salmon.
Photo courtesy Jack Sullivan.



An excellent source of general information on all the rivers below is American Whitewater. NRS, an outfitter located in Moscow, can provide a variety of necessary supplies.

Whitewater rafting.
Photo courtesy Jack Sullivan.

Single-Day Roadside Rivers

These rivers offer great opportunities for a day float or paddle and are all within an easy 2-3 hour drive of Moscow. No permits required for day use. Information on each of these rivers is available through American Whitewater. There are lots of outfitters who take parties down these runs, and who will provide a wetsuit and lunch. Alternatively, Beamers Hells Canyon Tours offers a variety of all-day and half-day cruises and float trips.

Casting off on the Lower Salmon River.
Photo courtesy Ashley Niles/NRS.

Multi-Day Wilderness Rivers

Permit Required (Lottery opens December 1): The four rivers below all offer world class whitewater in the heart of the Idaho wilderness. For private party launches these rivers require a permit issued through the Forest Service lottery system. Information on the lottery is available from the U.S. Forest Service. If you don’t win the lottery or want to be guided down one of these rivers, a list of outfitters and guides is available through the State of Idaho.

Permit Required (Self-Serve): Two rivers offer the opportunity to experience Idaho’s wilderness whitewater without the hassle of the lottery. Although both parallel roads at some points along their lengths, for the most part they offer great opportunities for wilderness floating/paddling. Information on the Grande Ronde is available from the U.S. Forest Service, and information on the Main Salmon is available from American Whitewater.