Salmon River Drive

79 Pictures: 1-20 , 20-40 , 40-60 , 60-79

North ForkNorth Fork (06/01/2002) North Fork as seen from the Salmon River Road.

Donnelly GultchDonnelly Gultch (06/01/2002)

Salmon River RoadSalmon River Road (06/01/2002) A nice two lane road, follows the river for several miles.

Canyons in the MystCanyons in the Myst (06/01/2002)

Moose Creek RapidsMoose Creek Rapids (06/01/2002) The river speeds up a little as Moose Creek contributes to the flows of the Salmon.

Hungry Wet and ColdHungry Wet and Cold (06/01/2002) The Lewis and Clark explored the Salmon River Canyon, and spent several days camping in this region while they explored the possibility of taking the Salmon River west.

Salmon RiverSalmon River (06/01/2002) The Salmon River moves swiftly into the deeper canyons. This certainly would be an intimidating place for the first white explorers in the area.

Salmon River RoadSalmon River Road (06/01/2002)

Road CutRoad Cut (06/01/2002) It took a little bit of work to find a place for even a small road along the canyon.

Helitack PadHelitack Pad (06/01/2002) The Helitack Pad at the Indian Creek ranger station on the Salmon River. It is used mainly for fire fighting efforts.

Indian CreekIndian Creek (06/01/2002) The Indian Creek Ranger Station.

Indian CreekIndian Creek (06/01/2002) Fire Danger Low...might have something to do with the rain.

Indian CreekIndian Creek (06/01/2002) The Indian Creek Ranger station through the lilacs.

Things PastThings Past (06/01/2002) All that remains of a building on Indian Creek/Squaw Creek road.

DownstreamDownstream (06/01/2002) Salmon River near Indian Creek

Open ValleyOpen Valley (06/01/2002) Slow down, this is marked as the River of No Return Residential Districtt.

River of No Return Residential DistrictRiver of No Return Residential District (06/01/2002)

Gold Hill MineGold Hill Mine (06/01/2002) You can tour the historic Gold Hill mine near Shoup, Idaho.

Salmon River RoadSalmon River Road (06/01/2002)

Miners  CabinsMiners Cabins (06/01/2002) Some of the old abandonned miners' cabins along the river.

79 Pictures: 1-20 , 20-40 , 40-60 , 60-79

In the 30s, the Civilian Conservation Corps had an ambitious project to build a road along the Salmon River from North Fork to Riggins, Idaho.

The class iv rapids and towering precambrium granite cliffs of the rugged Idaho Batholith turned back Lewis and Clark a century early. Fortunately common sense prevailed and the budding environmental movement prevailed, and the Frank Church wilderness remains today as one of the largest continuous wilderness in the Continental US.

The road along the Salmon River is an interesting day trip and brings you to many of the popular trail heads in the Salmon National Forest and the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

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Context: On the Road

North Fork, Idaho (15 pictures) The river heads west (down river) from North Fork, Idaho.

Salmon River (137 pictures) The Salmon River Road follows the Salmon River From North Fork to Corn Creek.

Lewis and Clark (13 pictures) William Clark explored, on foot, the upper section of the Salmon River Canyon, and chose to turn around and head north back through Montana on the voyage west.

Highway 93 (207 pictures) The Salmon River Road intersects with Highway 93 in North Fork, Idaho.

Shoup, Idaho (24 pictures) Shoup is on a scenic winding road along the Salmon River.

Pine Creek (28 pictures) The Pine Creek Road [032] branches off the main Salmon River Road [030] just beyond the bridge over the Pine Creek Rapids.

Panther Creek (9 pictures) The road up Panther Creek leads to Cobalt and eventually to Challis, Idaho.

Ebenezer Bar (7 pictures) The Ebenezer Bar campground is toward the end of the salmon river drive. It was built by the CCC in the 30s.

Stoddard Pack Bridge and Trail (12 pictures) The Stoddard Trail accesses the Frank Church Wilderness and other remote areas.

Frank Church Wilderness (20 pictures) The Salmon River Drive ends at Corn Creek. There are several wilderness trail heads along the road.


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