North Zone Trails

Scenic Trail on the Salmon-Challis


North Zone Trail Conditions

Designation of a road, trail, or area should not be interpreted as an implication that the road, trail, or area is passable, actively maintained, or safe for travel. Seasonal weather conditions and natural events may render designated roads, trails, and areas impassable for extended periods. Many designated roads may be passable only by high-clearance or four-wheel drive vehicles. Some trails have been significantly affected by fire and natural events and may no longer exist or be extremely difficult to find. Maintenance of designated roads, trails, and areas will depend on available resources, and many may receive little maintenance.

Forest visitors should carry a saw and a shovel, as wind or other weather events may cause trees to block roads and/or trails at any time.

 Regulations and Hints for Hikers and Stock Users

  • Travel in small groups. The maximum group size is 20.
  • Stay on the trails; do not cut switchbacks.
  • Select campsites that are out of sight of, and at least 200 feet from, lakes, streams, trails. Along the Main Salmon River, this is not always possible due to topography. Some campsites along the Main Salmon are assigned to boating parties, and hikers or stock users should expect to share sites in this heavily-used area.
  • Keep soap and detergent out of water sources (hot springs, lakes, streams, rivers). Use biodegradable soap and be careful it does not get into the water (use/dispose at least 200 feet from water).
  • Pack out all trash. Pick up any garbage left by others.
  • Fires: Within the Main Salmon’s ¼-mile Wild and Scenic River corridor, all fires must be contained within a fire pan and ashes must be packed out. Outside the river corridor, this is recommended, but not required.
  • Toilet talk: Within the Wild Main Salmon’s ¼-mile Wild and Scenic River corridor, human waste must be packed out and urine should go in the river. Outside the river corridor, human waste should be packed out or buried, and urine should be kept well away from the camp or small water sources.
  • Do not build structures; hitching rails, bough beds, gear racks, etc.
  • Stock Users: All feed must be certified weed-seed weed-free, and should be fed to stock for several days prior to entering the National Forests.
  • Stock must be ridden or led, not permitted to run loose on trails.
  • Stock should not be tied to trees for more than an hour or two; use a highline system to avoid damage to roots and soil.
  • Before leaving an area where manure has accumulated, scatter it with a stick to speed up decomposition.