Gant Ridge Trail

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Gant Ridge Trail is a 21.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Shoup, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
21.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
7129 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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nature trips

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wild flowers

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

My brother in law and I had a friend drive us up to the Crags Campground (around 3 hour drive from Salmon) and we left our vehicle down near the Salmon River, (where Clear Creek runs into Panther Creek). Our first choice of trails near all of the lakes in the Bighorn Crags was closed because of some forest fires in the area, so we ended up taking the Gant Ridge Trail instead. The first 10 miles or so was very scenic and we passed a few mountain lakes and ended up seeing the sunset over the top of the Bighorn Crags which was an unbeatable site. Once we left the "Bighorn Crags" and got into the National Forest, the trail got pretty rough and looked like it hadn't seen much use. A lot of the lower area was burned out a few years ago and now there are dead trees everywhere, including over the trail, making this a very difficult trail. Add that to the fact that you sometimes go 10 miles or so between any water source, and it can be very difficult if you are not prepared. We saw lots of Wolf and Bear tracks and killed a rattlesnake. The last five miles or so of the hike we dropped around 3,000 feet on knee busting switchbacks. Definitely an amazing workout, but not a trail for the casual hiker.