Bighorn Crags Ship Island Lake

Salmon, Idaho

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This is one of the most spectacular areas in the Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness. Witness stunning views of Ship Island Lake and the breaks country of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, with spires, knobs, and the huge monoliths of rugged granite mountains. Many lakes have good fishing. The north and west sides of the Bighorn Crags are especially noted for bighorn sheep. There are two possible routes to the Bighorn Crags Campground and trailhead.
Backpacking Idaho

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Backpacking Idaho

by Ralph and Jackie J. Maughan and Luke Kratz (Falcon Guides)

This is one of the most spectacular areas in the Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness. Witness stunning views of Ship Island Lake and the breaks country of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, with spires, knobs, and the huge monoliths of rugged granite mountains.

Many lakes have good fishing. The north and west sides of the Bighorn Crags are especially noted for bighorn sheep. There are two possible routes to the Bighorn Crags Campground and trailhead.

© 2015 Ralph and Jackie J. Maughan and Luke Kratz/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Salmon
Distance: 22
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3-4 days
Season: August
Trailhead Elevation: 8,400 feet
Top Elevation: 9,000 feet
Local Contacts: Salmon–Cobalt Ranger District, (208) 756-5200
Local Maps: USGS Hoodoo Meadows and Mt. McGuire ID; Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness North Half forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Bighorn Crags: Ship Island Lake

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