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Recommended Routes in Salmon-Challis National Forest - 13

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Favorite Clearing deadfall is a fact of life in the Idaho Mountains.  Bring a saw!
Very Difficult

Divide to Twin Creek

17.5 mi 28.1 km 2,309' Up 703.88 m Up 4,239' Down 1291.96 m Down

Salmon, ID
Favorite Through the Beargrass, the Divide Trail leaves the ridge and drops towards Hughes Creek.
Difficult

Butcherknife - Ax Park

15.6 mi 25.1 km 2,064' Up 629.07 m Up 4,257' Down 1297.65 m Down

Salmon, ID
Favorite Riders descend through wildflowers on the upper end of Three Mile Ridge.
Difficult

Continental Divide to Three Mile Ridge #124

18.1 mi 29.2 km 2,194' Up 668.84 m Up 4,878' Down 1486.83 m Down

Salmon, ID
Favorite I really am starting to think that Idaho has the most buff trails.
Difficult

Potato Mountain Ride

13.7 mi 22.1 km 1,165' Up 354.97 m Up 1,163' Down 354.57 m Down

Challis, ID
Favorite Rolling across a high alpine meadow.
Very Difficult

Lost River Expedition

69.5 mi 111.9 km 11,172' Up 3405.21 m Up 11,174' Down 3405.7 m Down

Arco, ID
Favorite Stanley out on Wyoming-Fir Creek Trail.
Difficult

Idaho Trail Segment 9

64.9 mi 104.4 km 5,683' Up 1732.18 m Up 5,420' Down 1652.12 m Down

Challis, ID
Favorite We went straight.  Taking a right at this point would have been considerably less painful but would also not have included the expansive views.
Difficult

Idaho Trail Segment 8

36.5 mi 58.7 km 2,768' Up 843.67 m Up 2,794' Down 851.75 m Down

Challis, ID
Favorite Meadowsurfing Twelvemile Meadows.
Difficult

Twelvemile to Lime Creek

12.9 mi 20.7 km 2,013' Up 613.58 m Up 4,419' Down 1346.8 m Down

Salmon, ID
Favorite Riders descend through wildflowers on the upper end of Three Mile Ridge.
Difficult

CDT - Big Hole Pass Loop

17.6 mi 28.4 km 4,013' Up 1223.22 m Up 4,014' Down 1223.45 m Down

Salmon, ID
Favorite Banked sweetness earned after struggling through primitive Idaho backcountry trail.
Difficult

Bradley Gulch to Sheep Creek

14.5 mi 23.4 km 1,161' Up 353.97 m Up 4,016' Down 1224.17 m Down

Salmon, ID
Favorite Iron Creek Point from along the trail.
Difficult

Snowbank Trail Loop

24.1 mi 38.8 km 4,744' Up 1445.86 m Up 4,733' Down 1442.58 m Down

Challis, ID
Favorite Meadow Surfer Trail after the Elk Loop.
Intermediate/Difficult

Elk Loop

9.4 mi 15.2 km 1,477' Up 450.25 m Up 1,477' Down 450.08 m Down

Salmon, ID
Favorite Rigde below Custer Lookout
Difficult

Idaho Trail Segment 7

16.3 mi 26.2 km 4,345' Up 1324.35 m Up 3,355' Down 1022.72 m Down

Challis, ID

Salmon-Challis National Forest Biking

  • 847 Miles 1,362 Kilometers of Trail
  • 13 Recommended Routes
  • 5 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 27 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 72 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Salmon-Challis National Forest - 91

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7.6 mi 12.2 km #1Sheep Creek #126
Difficult
Salmon, ID
Difficult
Salmon, ID
4.9 mi 8.0 km #2Twin Creek #108
Very Difficult
Salmon, ID
Very Difficult
Salmon, ID
11.8 mi 19.0 km #3Big Timber Creek Trail #6813.1
Difficult
Challis, ID
Difficult
Challis, ID
14.1 mi 22.7 km #4Peach-Cinnabar Trail
Difficult
Challis, ID
Difficult
Challis, ID
18.1 mi 29.1 km #5Snowbank Trail
Difficult
Challis, ID
Difficult
Challis, ID
7.4 mi 11.9 km #6CDT - Elk Mountain
Difficult
Dillon, MT
Difficult
Dillon, MT
1.5 mi 2.5 km #7Lower Cedar Creek Falls Trail #4382
Easy/Intermediate
Arco, ID
Easy/Intermediate
Arco, ID
2.8 mi 4.5 km #8Powderhouse Gulch Trail
Difficult
Salmon, ID
Difficult
Salmon, ID
5.1 mi 8.1 km #9Three Mile Ridge #124
Difficult
Salmon, ID
Difficult
Salmon, ID
5.0 mi 8.1 km #10Henry Creek Trail #6128 (Upper)
Very Difficult
Salmon, ID
Very Difficult
Salmon, ID

Photos of Salmon-Challis National Forest - 86

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Banked sweetness earned after struggling through primitive Idaho backcountry trail.
Aug 22, 2014 near Salmon, ID
Clearing deadfall is a fact of life in the Idaho Mountains.  Bring a saw!
Aug 22, 2014 near Salmon, ID
Rolling in front of majestic Yellow Peak.
May 5, 2016 near Challis, ID
Kitty litter singletrack dust.
Aug 22, 2017 near Challis, ID
Meadows, burn zones and buff singletrack!
Aug 22, 2017 near Challis, ID
I really am starting to think that Idaho has the most buff trails.
Aug 22, 2017 near Challis, ID
Climbing toward Yellow Peak on Rocky Creek Trail.
Apr 23, 2016 near Challis, ID
Crossing Twin Creek at low water.
Aug 22, 2014 near Salmon, ID