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Jules K. on Rapid River Trail
I've hiked this loop numerous times and have always found it to be an outstanding wilderness trip. Of course, you can hike the loop in either direction but I would recommend counter-clockwise. You will want to deviate from the loop and locate your campsites at the many lakes which are located on trails which head toward the main crest. Sheep, Echo and Baldy are among my favorites. You will add to the mileage by camping off the loop, but you will also find much more scenic and enjoyable camps. The east side of the range is much drier than the west with fewer camping areas. Experienced hikers can complete this loop as an overnight, but to savor the experience, I would recommend 3-4 days at least.
The access road which is 17 miles long leaves Highway 95 south of Riggins. It is primarily dirt and/or gravel and gets a little rough near the end; best for higher clearance vehicles. There are two campgrounds near the trail head.
I just returned from camping across the road from the Corduroy Campground which was closed.
While we were there, we watched a logging operation remove beetle killed trees from Corduroy and three other area campgrounds.
The campgrounds are open again in case anyone is into winter camping. The temperatures were getting into single digits at night before I left.
The roads/trails were clear and the Carey Creek Trail is still as rough and rocky as ever.
Most of the campgrounds in the area have "Closed" signs. There are a lot of beetle killed trees in the campgrounds and the USFS is concerned some might fall. Camping is still allowed "AT Your Own Risk".
The only one completely closed is the one in POI #2. Potable water is still available here.