Nez Perce National Historic Trail

Two hikers stop on the Nez Perce National Historic Trail to overlook the valley, photo by Bob Wick

The Nez Perce National Historic Trail passes through Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Wyoming. Added to the National Trails System in 1986, the Nez Perce National Historic Trail commemorates the flight of the Nez Perce Indians from their homeland in the Pacific Northwest to Canada to escape capture by the U.S. military. Using an indirect escape route as dictated by terrain and strategy, the Nez Perce passed through four states and traveled over 1,170 miles, from Wallowa Lake, Oregon, to the Bear Paw Battlefield near Chinook, Montana. 

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Created: October 6, 1986
Length:  70 miles 

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