Dry Saddle Trailhead

Dry Saddle trailhead is one of the major trailheads accessing the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness lying north of the Salmon River. It provides access to many high mountain lakes along Sheep Hill Trail #575. It is only a 10-mile hike to Sheep Hill Lookout. A loading ramp is provided for stock. The 250 degree view from the trailhead is spectacular!

At a Glance

Fees: No Fee.
Restrictions: Not recommended for low-clearance vehicles, motor homes or vehicles towing trailers.
Closest Towns: Elk City, Idaho
Water: No drinking water provided
Restroom: Vault
Information Center: Red River Ranger District, 208-842-2245

General Information

Directions: From State Highway 14, turn south onto Red River-Dixie Road #222. Follow Road #222 past Red River Ranger Station (now closed) to its junction with Nezperce Trail Road #468. Turn east onto Road #468 and follow approximately 33 miles to the trailhead.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

If you want to explore the wilderness and high mountain lakes this is the place to start. There are trails for day hikes and longer backpacks into the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness nearby. The scenic views are beautiful. This is a good location for big game hunters.


The way into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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