Best trails in Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho

23 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, wildlife trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 6 hard trails in Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness ranging from 13.1 to 67.9 miles and from 2,854 to 9,206 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Show more
Map of trails in Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho
Park information
Helpful links
Top trails (11)
#1 - Loon Creek Trail
Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(10)
Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 5 h 22 m
#2 - Camas Creek Trail
Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(2)
Length: 30.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
#3 - Middle Fork Salmon River
Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(6)
Length: 87.1 mi
The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is 98 miles of free-flowing river in the heart of the Frank Church—River of No Return Wilderness. It is a non-motorized floating experience, with many technical rapids (Class III and IV). The Middle Fork offers floaters a wide variety of scenery and wildlife, in addition to natural hot springs, crystal clear water and catch-and-release fishing.Show more
#4 - Cathedral Lake via Bighorn Crags Campground
Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(4)
Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 5 h 7 m
#5 - Lucky Lad Mine OHV Trail
Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness
moderateGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray Star
Length: 61.6 mi
The Lucky Lad Mine is within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness area, but can be reached by the Artillery Dome road on an all-terrain vehicle. The mine is approximately 28 miles from Landmark, Idaho. Two properties in the Pistol Creek Ridge area (the Lucky Lad Mine and the Cougar Mine) produced ore between 1935 and 1941. The mine straddles the border of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness Area, but the workings that produced ore are within the wilderness. The mine is on a ridge top at an elevation of about 8,000 feet. Ben H. Seaward and H. H. Seaward2 staked the “Lucky Boy,” the first claim at the Lucky Lad Mine, on August 30, 1933. Four other claims were staked ten days later. During the fall of 1933 or the winter of 1933-34, George O. A. Kellogg and E. H. Dewey joined the Seawards in their mining venture, and additional claims were staked in each of the next four years. All but one of these claims had some variation of the “Lucky Boy” name. The Lucky Lad Mining Company was organized in 1935, and George O. A. Kellogg was the president, manager, and statutory agent of the new company. In 1935, the mine shipped a few cars of lead ore, rich in gold and silver, to a smelter in Utah. According to Anonymous (n.d.), this ore was first packed out by mule train to the end of the road before it was shipped onward by more modern means. Kellogg brought in a small bulldozer, which extended the road to the mine in the summer of 1936. Despite this new road (or perhaps because of it), the U.S. Bureau of Mines reported only very small production from the mine in 1936. The Lucky Lad made large shipments of lead ore rich in gold and silver in 1937 and 1938; in 1938, the mine was the only producer in the district and shipped 348 tons of ore to a smelter in Utah. For the next three years, the mine remained the only producer in the district, although the 1941 output was very small. A very worthwhile trip to see a few mines on the route or a short detour ride.Show more
#6 - Kwiskwis Hot Spring
Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness
hardGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray Star
Length: 13.1 mi • Est. 7 h 47 m
#7 - Lightning Lake Trail
Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(1)
Length: 23.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
#8 - Salmon River
Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness
hardGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray Star
Length: 67.9 mi
The “Wild” section of the Main Salmon River cascades for 78 miles from Corn Creek to Long Tom Bar through the Frank Church—River of No Return Wilderness and the Gospel Hump Wilderness. Due to agreements that existed prior to the Central Idaho Wilderness Act of 1980, jet boats (permit required) also use the river. Thousands of visitors navigate the Class III to IV whitewater on the Main Salmon and enjoy its peaceful beauty each year.Show more
#9 - Divide Trail #16
Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness
moderateGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray Star
Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 8 m
#10 - Yellowjacket Lake
Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness
hardGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray Star
Length: 18.9 mi • Est. 9 h
Getting to the trailhead is a process, but it is very do-able in a sedan.   Park at yellow jacket ranger station, which is no longer used as a ranger station. You follow a creek almost the entire 10 miles so water shouldn't be an issue. If you're looking for wildflowers this is the spot, there are many wildflowers of all different kinds the entire 10 miles. The hike leads to Yellow Jacket Lake which is also accessible via a forest road.  There is also an amazing waterfall.Show more
Showing results 1 - 10 of 11