Chamberlain Basin & Cold Meadows Areas, Krassel RD


Chamberlain Basin is located in the heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area.  Access is by foot or horseback, and by air.  The Forest Service airstrip is maintained to provide access to the basin and surrounding area.  Check conditions before flying in.

In contrast to the rugged alpine crags or steep river gorges of the Frank Church Wilderness, Chamberlain Basin is a hospitable area. Chamberlain Creek meanders through the basin among Lodgepole pines and meadow grass.  Wildfire has visited the area frequently as nature has intended and the majority of the area is in a state of regeneration.

Prior to European settlement, the Mountain Shoshone (Sheepeater Band) frequented the lush meadows and streams of the basin to hunt large elk herds and other game.  When gold has discovered in the 1890s, settlement in the area began to increase.  Trapper John Chamberlain is the namesake of the area.

The Chamberlain Basin Guard Station is staffed during from late June through mid-October and host trail maintain crews that work to clear the trails.

Chamberlain Basin Camping Area provides an overnight stay for air travelers and those that have made the trek on foot or horseback.

Cold Meadows lays on the eastern portion of Chamberlain Basin and also has an airstrip for aerial access.  Hiking into Cold Meadows from the east begins on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River or from the north from the Nain Salmon River.  From the west, access is via Chamberlain Basin or the Big Creek Trail.

Cold Meadows Airfield Day Use Area provides a spot for travelers to rest.


Read an article regarding flying into and camping at Chamberlain Basin.

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