The Frank Church Wilderness

TRAIL HAZARDS!

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VERY REMOTE

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BURN AREAS

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OVERGROWN TRAILS

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PREDATORS

Mile 243 - Highway 21

Southeast 8 miles on Highway 21 to Stanley

Mile 255 - Lola Creek USFS Campground

1 mile north of Highway 21 on Lola Creek Road

Mile 270 - Boundary Creek USFS Boat Launch

25 miles of single lane dirt road take you to Boundary Creek Campground from Highway 21 via Bear Creek and Dagger Falls Roads.

Mile 294 - Pistol Creek Ranch

Private ranch and airstrip. No access.

Mile 297 - Indian Creek USFS Guard Station

Boat ramp and airstrip. No road access.

Mile 393 - Campbells Ferry Historic Homestead

Boat ramp and airstrip. No road access.

Mile 398 - Whitewater Ranch

Boat ramp and airstrip. From Elk City via Jack Mountain Road to Big Mallard Creek Rd. This is a very long and remote dirt road.

Mile 415 - Sheep Hill Lookout

Available for shelter. No Access.

Mile 424 - Magruder Corridor

Trailhead and parking lot. No services. 7 miles West to Poet Creek Campground. 37 miles West to Elk City, ID

Behold, the Frank Church! The largest contiguous Wilderness Area in the lower-48. The wild heart of the Gem State. Natural sprawl. Untamed rivers. Abundant wildlife. Ghosts of the past. The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness has it all.

A 20-mile road walk takes you from Highway 21 outside of Stanley to Lola Creek Campground at the Southern boundary of the Frank Church Wilderness. Marsh Creek guides you to the Middle Fork of the Salmon, your path into the vast wilderness through pine forests and expansive burn areas.

The Middle Fork is a busy river corridor where you will find rafters, backcountry ranches, and historic Forest Service guard stations. Swap stories for trail magic as you share campsites with both private and guided float trips. Pistol Creek Ranch is likely to have their beautiful horses out grazing amongst the cabins. At Indian Creek Guard Station, the hum of small planes fills the canyon as rafters and rangers come and go.

Leaving the Middle Fork at Marble Creek, the ICT leaves civilization behind for a long push to the Main Salmon. The Marble Creek drainage is 25 miles of difficult travel along overgrown and burned-over trail. Keep an eye out for signs of active wolf packs in the area. Gaining the ridgeline at Thunder Mountain, the site of a 1901 gold rush, the trail continues along Lookout Ridge before dropping down to Big Creek.

After a swim in the deep, clear pools of Coxey Hole on Big Creek, the trail continues North towards the Silver Creek Trail and Moose Meadows. When you arrive at Chamberlain Basin, you may be able to take shelter with a trail crew or ranger stationed at the Chamberlain Guard Station. Pioneers serving the gold rush at Thunder Mountain first settled this area around 1900. It has been operating as a Forest Service outpost since the 1920’s

From the Guard Station, a lengthy set of switchbacks floats you down to the Salmon River at Campbells Ferry Historic Homestead. Rafters and mule deer congregate on the grassy orchards at the site. Caretakers Doug and Phyllis Tims have written a book about life on the homestead and its colorful history. Across the river is Whitewater Ranch, a full service guest ranch with mouth-watering home-style meals.

The trail then follows the Salmon River upstream past several more private ranches to Rattlesnake Bar. From here, you make a quad-destroying climb up 6000 feet to the Sheephill Lookout, which is accessible for shelter. A nice ridge walk on clear trails leads you to the Northern Boundary of the Frank Church Wilderness at Dry Saddle on the Magruder Corridor.

Trail Towns and Resupply

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Elk City, ID

37 miles West on Magruder Corridor

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BEER

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GROCERIES

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LODGING

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RESTAURANTS

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LAUNDRY

(More Info)
elkcityidaho.org

Mail Drop Info

(Your Name)
c/o General Delivery
Elk City, 83525

208-842-2278

Monday – Friday 9:30am-11:00am, 11:30am-4:00pm
Saturday 11:30am-2:00pm
Sunday Closed

Mile 424

Magruder

On Trail

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NO SERVICES

Mile 398

Whitewater Ranch

On Trail

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Lodging

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LAUNDRY

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Meals

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Boat Launch

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Airstrip

Mail Drop Info

Contact the Cascade, ID Post Office for information on airdrops via the weekly mail plane. Very reasonably priced.

Cascade Post Office
208-382-4148

Mile 370

Chamberlain Guard Station

On Trail

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AIRSTRIP

Mile 297

Indian Creek Guard Station

On Trail

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CAMPGROUND

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Boat Launch

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Airstrip

Mail Drop Info

Contact the Cascade, ID Post Office for information on airdrops via the weekly mail plane. Very reasonably priced.

Cascade Post Office
208-382-4148

Mile 255

Lola Creek CG

On Trail

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CAMPGROUND

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Stanley, ID

23 miles south east on Highway 20

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RESTAURANTS

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GROCERIES

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LAUNDRY

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LIBRARY

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BEER

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LODGING

(More Info)
http://stanleycc.org/

Mail Drop Info

Post Office
(Your Name)
c/o General Delivery
Stanley, ID 83278

208-774-2230

Monday – Friday 8:30am – 12:30pm, 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Saturday  Closed
Sunday Closed

CONTACTS & LINKS

Leo Hennessy
Idaho Centennial Trail Coordinator
Idaho Parks and Recreation
208-541-2419
(Parks & Recreation Website)

Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation
(http://www.selwaybitterroot.org/)

Payette National Forest
500 N Mission St Building 2
McCall, ID 83638
208-634-0700
(Payette Forest Website)

Arnold Aviation
(Arnold Aviation Website)

Salmon-Challis National Forest
1206 S. Challis Street
Salmon, ID 83467
208-756-5100
(Salmon-Challis Forest Website)

Lola Creek USFS Campground
(Lola Creek CG Website)

Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest
903 3rd St
Kamiah, ID 83536
208-935-2513
(Nez Perce Forest Website)

Boundary Creek USFS Campground
(Boundary Creek CG Website)