DescriptionFrom the headwaters of the Salmon River, down the Lost River, Pahsimeroi and Lemhi Mountain Ranges, to the western slope of the Continental Divide, the Salmon-Challis National Forest covers 4.3 million acres. Over 300,000 acres are in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.
The historic Lewis and Clark Trail passes through part of the forest, where several monuments to the explorers have been erected. The Custer Motorway Loop and Salmon River Road provide glimpses of historic mining towns and native wildlife.
Because of swift currents the Salmon River west of Salmon is known as the “River of No Return.” Now, however, it is possible to navigate this river upstream via jet boats. Boat trips down the river can be arranged in Salmon.
More than 2,800 miles of trail stripe the forest floor. Hiking season is generally between April and October; hunting, fishing, camping and wildlife viewing also are excellent.
The section of the river between Corn Creek and Riggins can be traveled by kayaks, jet boats or rubber rafts. Skiing is available nearby on the Idaho-Montana border at Lost Trail Pass. For more information write the Salmon-Challis National Forest Headquarters, 1206 S. Challis St., Salmon, ID 83467; phone (208) 756-5100.