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Wild and Scenic Salmon River, Salmon-Challis National Forest, ID (May 5th - May 11th 2019)

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The Salmon-Challis National Forest is one of Idaho's largest national forests. Located in west-central Idaho and below the Montana state line, it includes one-half of the 2.3 million acre Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area - the largest wilderness in the lower 48 states. Within the forest lies Borah Peak, Idaho's highest point at 12,662'. With outstanding opportunities for hunting, hiking, primitive camping, fishing and whitewater rafting, the potential for outdoor recreation is nearly endless in this remote, undeveloped forest. To give a bit of perspective, it is located 150 miles by highway from any good-sized city, such as Missoula or Idaho Falls.

Established in 1980, "the Frank" is just slightly larger than Yellowstone National Park and is a vast landscape of deep canyons and high alpine lakes, with great variations in elevation, vegetation, and wildlife. The Salmon River, called the River of No Return by pioneers, courses ninety-seven miles through the wilderness and is essentially the only major access. Here exists an area where one can find themselves miles from the imprints of man, in challenging terrain, where solitude abounds. In addition to still-surviving native seagoing salmon and steelhead runs, the "Frank" is home to large numbers of mule deer, antelope, moose, elk, bighorn sheep, and mountain goat, as well as top predators -- bears and reintroduced wolves.

Our service project will be assisting wilderness rangers on the North Fork Ranger District to maintain trail along the Wild and Scenic Salmon River. We'll hike in 7 miles from the Corn Creek on the Salmon River trail and meet the rangers who will raft gear, food, and tools to Spindle Creek where we will camp. We'll spend our four work performing trail maintenance. Free day options include a great hike down to historic Lantz Bar or ascending a trail to a view of the canyon. Camping the night before the project is available at Corn Creek Campground. Group will jet boat out once the project is over.

This project is rated as a strenuous project.

Check out more photos from last year's Salmon River project in our gallery.


May 5th - May 11th 2019

Service Project

Trail work along the Salmon River Trail

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Free Days

Dayhiking, swimming, fishing, and exploring


Backpack camping with pack support

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : 7-mile backpack along the Salmon River, digging, brushing, using tools, lifting, moving rocks, etc.


Steve Breitbach
William Arbour

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