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Best bird watching trails in Salmon National Forest, Idaho

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Salmon National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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#1 - Goldbug (Elk Bend) Hot Springs
Salmon National Forest
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
This is a short but challenging hike to a beautiful hot springs. The first part of the hike is on private property, so please be quiet and considerate so that the owners will continue to allow access. There is a restroom and ample parking at the trailhead. The hike begins as a straight uphill climb through sage brush. Bring lots of water and snacks and take your time. After the initial uphill the trail levels out and follows a seasonal creek. The last part of the hike is a very steep uphill to the springs themselves. This part of the hike is challenging and you will want to make sure you have plenty of water. The springs themselves are amazing! There are many different pools, some hot some cold and some with both hot and cold water coming in. This area is very popular so you will be sharing the springs with lots of other hikers, so bring a bathing suit. You can camp in the area, but you may want to camp in the flat part before the hot springs as the springs themselves are in a canyon with few flat spots. Show more
#2 - Ship Island Lake Trail
Salmon National Forest
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Length: 20.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
Well known, large beautiful lake deep in the Bighorn Crags Ship Island Lake, the largest lake in the Crags area is a popular destination due in part to the great scenery on the way to and from and because of the beauty of the lake itself. Good fishing, big game and rugged mountain beauty combine to make this a photographer's dream.Show more
#3 - Stroud Lake Trail
Salmon National Forest
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 38 m
The trail follows a forest road to a lake surrounded by mountains form three sides. There is quite a bit of logs cross the trail, but going over is not difficult. The trail is easy to follow. A few easy creek crossings. There is snow early in the season and more water in the creek.Show more
#4 - Wagonhammer - Elk Trail Loop
Salmon National Forest
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Length: 14.7 mi • Est. 7 h 53 m
Singletrack loop with a moderate climb, some tough sidehill, and a steep downhill.Show more
#5 - Nez Perce Lake Trail
Salmon National Forest
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 39 m
#6 - Gant Ridge Trail
Salmon National Forest
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Length: 21.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
#7 - Big Clear Lake
Salmon National Forest
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Length: 15.1 mi • Est. 9 h 5 m
Major Lake in a beautiful chain deep in the Big Horn Crags Big Clear lake, overlooked because of its larger and better known neighbor, Ship Island lake, is the largest of a chain of beautiful alpine lakes lying under Mount McGuire in the Big Horn Crags. Seldom visited, it offers scenic beauty, good fishing and plenty of space to camp. A toilet facility is also located near the lake. The route to this chain of lakes is the same as the Ship Island route until the junction just before Birdbill Lake. At this junction, a right turn and two miles will get you to this beautiful lake with most of the way looking over several other alpine lakes.Show more