Idaho State Highway 6

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State Highway 6 marker

State Highway 6
Route information
Maintained by ITD
Length40.645 mi[1][2] (65.412 km)
Major junctions
South end SR 272 at Washington state line near Potlatch
North end SH 3 near Santa
CountiesLatah, Benewah
Highway system
SH 5SH 7

Idaho State Highway 6 (SH-6) is a state highway in northern Idaho running from the Washington state line near Potlatch to Santa. It is 40.645 miles (65.41 km) in length and generally runs southwest to northeast

Route description[edit]

SH-6 begins at the Washington state line in Latah County as a continuation of Washington State Route 272, then heads east to an intersection with U.S. 95, with which it briefly overlaps before diverging and continuing east into Potlatch. It continues east to an intersection with SH-9 near Harvard.

SH-6 continues northeast and north across the Palouse River into Benewah County, generally north through White Pine Drive; and area of old-growth white pine trees in the Hoodoo Mountains in the St. Joe National Forest. It terminates at a junction with SH-3, west of Santa.[1][2]

Between Harvard and Emida, the route crests at an elevation of about 3,600 feet (1,095 m) above sea level. This is a park 'n' ski lot (Palouse Divide) for cross-country skiing,[3] and the turnoff to North–South Ski Bowl, a defunct alpine area which is now a private conference and retreat lodge.[4][5]

Prior to the 1960s, SH-6 was signed as an alternate route of U.S. 95, which continued north along present-day SH-3.

Major intersections[edit]

Latah0.0000.000 SR 272 west – PalouseContinuation into Washington
4.4207.113 US 95 south – LewistonSouth end of US-95 overlap
5.5908.996 US 95 north – Plummer, Coeur d'AleneNorth end of US-95 overlap
15.44824.861 SH 9 south – Deary
Benewah40.64565.412 SH 3 – St. Maries, Coeur d'Alene, Clarkia
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b c Idaho Transportation Department (November 26, 2008). "Milepost Log (Idaho SH6)". Retrieved 2008-12-27.
  2. ^ a b Idaho Transportation Department (November 26, 2008). "Milepost Log (US95)". Retrieved 2008-12-27.
  3. ^ "Palouse Divide Nordic Ski Area". U.S. Forest Service: Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Barker, Eric (January 17, 2002). "Crossing the divide". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 1C.
  5. ^ "History". Palouse Divide Lodge. Retrieved October 8, 2018.

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