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Middle Fork of Salmon River, Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, ID (Apr 19th - Apr 25th 2020)

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The Frank Church-River of No Return is a wilderness of steep, rugged mountains, deep canyons, and wild, whitewater rivers. The Salmon River Mountains, located south of the Main Salmon and west of the Middle Fork, are the most massive range, and dominate the Wilderness. North of the Main Salmon River are the Clearwater Mountains, east of the Middle Fork are the Bighorn Crags. The Salmon River Canyon is one of the deepest gorges in North America, deeper even than the famous Grand Canyon of the Colorado in Arizona. But in contrast to the Grand Canyon, the Salmon River Canyon is not noted for sheer walls and towering heights, but instead for the variety of landscapes visible from the river; wooded ridges rising to the sky, huge eroded monuments and bluffs and slides, picturesque castles and towers, and solitary crags.

The United States Congress designated the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in 1980 and it now encompasses a total of 2,366,757 acres. Administration of the wilderness is accomplished by two Forest Service Regions (Northern and Intermountain), and four National Forests, the Salmon-Challis, Payette, Nez Perce, and Bitterroot. It is the largest contiguous wilderness in the Lower 48 and the second largest unit of the National Wilderness Preservation System in the Lower 48 (second in size only to California’s Death Valley Wilderness). The lead forest for managing the coordination of the Wilderness is the Salmon-Challis National Forest, with headquarters located in Salmon, Idaho.  

Join us on this very unique project in the remote Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness for heavy trail construction along the Wild and Scenic Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Our project objectives will focus on tread work, brushing trail corridor, and improving stream crossings. The USFS will fly volunteers tentatively from Salmon, ID to Flying B Ranch where the volunteer crew will backpack 6 miles to their base camp for the week.

This project is rated as a strenuous project.

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


Apr 19th - Apr 25th 2020

Service Project

Trail work in/around Middle Fork Salmon River

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Free Days

Dayhiking, fishing, explore historic sites


Backpack camping with a flight to/from the trailhead.

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : 6-mile backpack into wilderness, digging, brushing, using tools, lifting, moving rocks, etc.


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