Big Smoky Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Big Smoky Trail (#072) is 17.4 miles in length and receives heavy use. The trailhead is located one-half mile north of Big Smoky Guard Station at Canyon Transfer Camp. Horse managers are available and the camp area has barrier-free facilities and drinking water. There is a fee of $6.00 per night for those staying overnight. The trail follows close to Big Smoky Creek which meanders down the narrow canyon. Backpackers will have no problems finding overnight camp sites. Horsemen ussually travel to the mouth of North Fork Big Smoky or the West Fork Meadows (West Fork Big Smoky Trail (#22). Two wheeled motorized travel is permitted on this trail although use is light. Several large streams feed into Big Smoky and most are bordered by side trails with scenic views. Skillern Hot Springs, located 2.5 miles from the trailhead is a highlight for many people using this trail route.  Big Smoky Divide is headwaters for Big Smoky Creek and Main Fork of the Salmon River.



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