Explore the most popular wildlife trails near Riggins with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
1 day ago

Took us 2.5 days to make it around. Didn’t do any of the lake trails except lower cannon. Beautiful scenery despite the fire season smoke.

backpacking
11 days ago

Amazing loop but you better be in shape to do it or have 3-4 days min to make it around.

hiking
10 months ago

seven devil's is a hard hike. Lots of elevation change and at times very cool views. the original plan was to hike the whole loop, but because of time we couldn't finish the whole loop so we turned around and came back. We started the hike counterclockwise and went out to dry diggs. dry digs itself makes the hike worth it, getting multiple different views of canyons and the snake river. I would definetly recommend this hike. Only thing I would not recommend is getting a flat tire. (it sucks).

hiking
11 months ago

There was a good amount of smoke due to wildfires, so a couple of us had trouble breathing for part of it. It took us 11 hours with breaks to do the whole loop (10am-9pm). The trail is mostly well marked except for a section 2/5 of the way. If you do the loop counterclockwise, you hit most of the altitude right away and you have smoother sailing for the second half. The area is very warm and dry, but there are enough creeks to fill up if you have a purifier. There is a 12 mile section without any creeks, so plan accordingly. Very beautiful route.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Another great job Ed. This is a great area to ride and you never run out of trails.

off road driving
Friday, November 11, 2016

This trail is in the Payette National Forest, not Gospel Hump.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdG3O-Gmb4c

hiking
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

This trail is usually not open until July due to the snowpack.

off road driving
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Burgdorf is also in the Payette National Forest, near McCall, Idaho, not the Gospel Hump Wilderness.

off road driving
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

This area is usually not accessible until the middle of June due to the annual snowpack.

hiking
Sunday, June 15, 2014

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.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The trail is an old logging road and is wide enough. It is also very rough and washed out.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The highway road sign at the Josephine Lake Road is gone, but the sign for FR 316 on the dirt road is still there.

I added photos of the Chinook Salmon Counting Station on Lake Creek and of the headwaters of the Secesh River to the POIs.

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.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Another great job....you da man!

backpacking
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hiking
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backpacking
Saturday, September 03, 2016