Salmon River Mines Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Salmon River Mines Trail is a 32.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mc Call, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

32.5 miles
3,786 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly





nature trips

off road driving




wild flowers


From the Burgdorf, Idaho "Y" to Warren, Smith Knob, and then to the pictoglyphs on the South Fork of the Salmon River. This hike starts where the pavement ends on the Warren Wagon Road from McCall, Idaho. Here, at the "Y", the graveled Warren Wagon Road continues all the way to Warren, Idaho. The graveled road to the north, goes to Burgdorf, Idaho and on to the Salmon River. There is parking space for several trailer rigs on the south side of the "Y". It is 16 miles to Warren from here. This trip can be cut to a full day if you start at Warren, Idaho. The road is good all the way to Warren with only a few blind switchback curves. On Hettinger Road there are many opportunities for viewing the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness and the South Fork of the Salmon River. In good weather, the road is suitable for automobiles. The Smith Knob Road (FR 355) is for high clearance vehicles. 4X4s are better.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I have rode some of these areas and they are absolutly beautiful and full of history.
Great job!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

I added a short Trail Camera video of a wolf to this guide.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

I just returned from camping at the Pete Creek Trail Head for about 14 days with my horses. I videoed friends riding their horses across the Lake Creek Meadow there and added the video to this guide.

Most of the campgrounds in the area have "Closed" signs on them. The USFS is afraid that beetle killed trees in the campgrounds will fall on someone. Camping is at your own risk in these areas. This doesn't seem to deter many campers.

The voracious horse flies are another matter. Maybe some kind of beetle can start eating them.