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Here is a Great Video about a place I never knew existed, "the River of No Return" What can any of you tell me about backpacking there?


http://video.thinktv.org/video/2219735822


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Huge area, huge variety in backpacking.  Very remote.
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Extremely rugged. Lots of vertical topography.
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Based on the video, it looks like there are signed trails and markers. Are there any printed maps of this wilderness area?

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Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is included in the Salmon-Challis National Forest.  There is an abundance of great backpacking, great rivers, tons of subalpine and alpine lakes...great country.  My avatar pic was actually taken in the main Salmon River corridor.  A few links with good stuff about the area:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/scnf    (links here to purchase topo maps)

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5300616.pdf

Margaret Fuller has hiked just about every inch of Idaho, and has a good guidebook for the area:
http://www.trailguidebooks.com/books.htm

http://www.pbs.org/wnet....618


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Based on the video, it looks like there are signed trails and markers. Are there any printed maps of this wilderness area?

There are numerous trails, and some are signed.  But don't count on that being the case.  It's a huge wilderness area, and trail maintenance is definitely hit and miss.  The most popular areas are maintained fairly well, but there are trails that see very little work.  The impact of some big fires over the last several years has done some damage to some trail areas as well.
 
For what it's worth, I really love the main Salmon corridor, going in at Corn Creek and hiking until Lantz Bar, in the spring.  It's very easy, but one of the earliest trails to be hikable in the spring in Idaho, due to the lower elevation. It's usually hikable by mid to late March. There are numerous side canyons to explore that can take you up 2000 feet above the river on the high ridges, with sweeping views of the river valley and great vantage points for wildlife viewing. It's a fantastic wildlife hike...I always see elk, bighorn sheep, deer, and have seen black bears, wolves, and mountain goats occasionally.  It's also a great place for history buffs, with evidence of Native Americans and old gold mining activity all along the corridor.

My favorite place after mid July would be anywhere in the Bighorn Crags area.  World class mountain scenery littered with lakes large and small.  It's really a special place.


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I hiked the entire length of this wilderness last summer. It was one portion of my 1,000 mile hike the length of Idaho. It was probably the toughest part of the hike, because there are few resupply points and the trails are not well kept. I hiked a week -- more than 100 miles -- and saw no one. I then took a one day rest and hiked another week, seeing only one person during that time.

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I hiked the entire length of this wilderness last summer. It was one portion of my 1,000 mile hike the length of Idaho.

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Now that's pretty kewl!

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And some of the best fishing in the world!

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My favorite place after mid July would be anywhere in the Bighorn Crags area.  World class mountain scenery littered with lakes large and small.  It's really a special place.

Ssh....Bighorn Crags aren't any good.......  :D
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Thank you to those who posted in this thread.....it is now my 2014 destination.

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