Rapid River Trail is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Riggins, Idaho that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, camping, horses, and backpacking. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length8.6 miElevation gain1,384 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingHorseback ridingForestRiverViewsWildflowersNo dogs
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Trail starts near Rapid River Hatchery.

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Reviews (79)
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Aliyah Jennings
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BackpackingGreat!

This trail was beautiful! Would make a nice running trail for the the first 4mi. so I plan to go back for that. We camped near Potter’s place right on the river and we could see a few others camping but felt very private. 10 out of 10 would recommend!

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Misty Padilla
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loved it, not strenuous at all but beautiful views the whole way.

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Garry Elder
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The trail is great but due to the significant incline it can be a challenge on a hot day.

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MJ Peters
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful area. The river is very scenic. We hiked to the Potter Flat area, about 11mi round trip. There was not much horse poop where we hiked. The camping area was free of it. We saw a snake on the trail - not sure whether it was a rattlesnake, since we only caught a glimpse of it. We also saw a mama bear with 3 cubs - on the other side of the canyon thankfully.

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Mark Bastian
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Hiking

Just completed. Hiked through Potter's Flat almost to McCrea Cabin. Overall quite beautiful with majestic views. However, Potter's Flat should be called Potter's Bog -- very overgrown. Also, tons of horse crap everywhere. Seriously people, if you're going to bring your horses in you should shovel their s*** out of the campsites just the same as the humans do. Despite these negatives, a really great hike.

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McKenna McCall
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HikingGreat!

This is a favorite of mine. An absolute must in early spring! I hiked on 4/15/2021 and there were already wildflowers coming out. Dutchman’s Breeches, Larkspur, and wild Presley to name a few. Trail is well maintained and the water is roaringly beautiful right now.

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Jessica Wilson
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Hiking

great. saw 1 snake.

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Sterling Smith
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HikingGreat!

Awesome trail, well maintained, great hike in the spring. The 8 miles is a bit arbitrary since the trail continues for many miles further.

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Andrew Groves
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BackpackingIcyMuddySnow

What a spectacular trip! Gorgeous views, mostly good trail conditions! Check out my video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/r0gDTSXx30M

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Martha Rivera
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Hiking

It’s a very nice morning hike. Lots to see.

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c sc
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HikingOver grown

trail was great. the trail gets a little thick in places withover grown raspberry bushes. ran into a black bear about 3.7 miles in - needless to say turned around immediately and didn't finish trail.

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Cathi Leon
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HikingOver grown

Was a good a good hike. No access to water for the first mile or so. Heard 1 rattler in the bushes and saw to piles of bear scat. Will be bringing bear spray with me on the next trip. Extremely overgrown in some areas, had to crawl under the brush to get buy.

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Caty Solace
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Hiking

Fun! Wear pants. Know how to identify poison ivy. It’s everywhere. This trail is like a portal to the pacific nw. It is a totally different ecosystem inside the canyon. Our tough 8 year old made it past 3rd bridge to campground no problem.

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Cameron Duke
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HikingOver grown

Great trail overall. Was pretty overgrown, my girlfriend got poison Ivey so you should watch out. Beautiful views of the river and the canyons. Look out for snakes, we saw two.

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Janeth Woodworth
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Backpacking

love this hike, took my grandson for his first backpacking and he loved it, a lot of wildflowers, the trail is in great shape and easy for first backpacking.

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makayla presgrave
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Great, 16 mile day hike. Went left at the fork and followed the rapid river trail no. 59 until Wyant camp. After you cross the bridge, the trail is less trafficked and pretty over grown. Interested to see where the right of the fork takes you, I guess I’ll have to come back. Cheers!

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Saffron Brooks
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Backpacking

Absolutely loved this hike! There is some dispersed camping available, and people have been good about packing in/out. Potential evidence of cougars, so take appropriate precautions.

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Taylor Milam
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Hiking

Awesome hike, rockin river. Went in mid may and it was Gorgeous. Lots of wildflowers. Hike through a canyon surrounded by lush green hills.

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Tilly Behrmann
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Hiking

Lots of hiking possibilities! Busy trail!

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Dustin Soshea
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HikingRocky

awesome three day hike, absolutely beautiful country. some easy trekking and some difficulty, did s total of 7 miles round trip, there's a good stretch where your ascending for about a mile, single track with drop off to river side, good blasalt and granite rock. beautiful.

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Joan Fabiano
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, single track mostly in good condition but my puppy and I only did about 1/3 of it for several reasons 1. We got there late 2. Looked like a storm rolling in 3. Pretty fresh bear scat on trail So since I don’t tug on Superman’s cape or spit into the wind, we turned back I am hoping to get up there again before we leave the area. Like our adventures on our travel page on Facebook,” Apackof2 for the Road” Follow us on Twitter, “Apackof2fortheRd”

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Amanda Mardian
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HikingBlowdown

About 1.5 miles in just after the first bridge the trail has been taken out by a rockslide. It wasn’t passable and we had to turn back. I’ve hiked this trail in the spring, and it’s amazing—we were pretty bummed to encounter the rock slide this time.

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Erica G
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Horseback riding

Good trail with beautiful views. 2 different difficulties, one trail is very easy for those who like to sit back and relax, and one trail I would consider difficult, with a drop off to the river on one side of the narrow trail. Although beautiful, it can be a little nervwrecking, more for the very experienced. Would recommend if you like to explore.

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Jamie Tucker
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Hiking

Lovely in the spring! Wildflowers, gorgeous canyon. Trail in great shape.

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Megan Larson
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Hiking

Unexpected beauty around every bend. Wildflowers were in bloom, river was roaring, and the trail was pretty well maintained. There was a lot of over growth along the river due to all the moisture and there are a lot of loose rocks. Be on the lookout for poison oak and rattlesnakes. Long pants and sturdy shoes are a MUST!

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Katie Hampton
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BackpackingMuddy

Beautiful backpacking trail recommended by a friend! Had a great time camping on Potters Flat a little over 7 miles in. We accidentally passed it the first time and ended up hiking 9 miles so keep a map handy and look out for a clearing. There were other camp sites along the way just after the 4 mile marker that would’ve been great as well. One thing I didn’t see on here so far is be VERY careful of snakes in this trail. My friends and I saw 6 snakes, 3 of them rattle snakes and 2 of them were slightly aggressive. Do not try to provoke them by throwing rocks just wait until it moves off the trail and walk slowly as not to startle it. I was told to walk by it with a jacket in front of my ankles that way the snake can’t see you anymore and won’t feel threatened. Besides that, gorgeous views of the Little Salmon and cool vegetation. Terrain is rolling hills nothing too steep pretty good for moderately experienced backpackers and hikers!

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Sean Kretovics
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Awesome hike! Did this summer of 2017 and it was amazing. Loved it.

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