Sleeping Deer Mountain Middle Fork Salmon Loop

Challis, Idaho

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Sleeping Deer Mountain is a tall and impressive peak near the southeast corner of the enormous Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness. A fire lookout sits at the top of this distinctive peak, and it’s only a short walk from the end of a long dirt road. After such a tortuous drive to get to this area, however, it is much more satisfying to explore more of this remote and scenic region by taking a wonderful backpacking loop. The recommended route heads north on view-packed but little-used trails to Woodtick Summit and Grouse Lake before making a long, steep drop to the Middle Fork Salmon River near Tappan Falls. Loop back to your starting point via the trail up Cache Creek.
Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons

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Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons

by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)

Sleeping Deer Mountain is a tall and impressive peak near the southeast corner of the enormous Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness. A fire lookout sits at the top of this distinctive peak, and it’s only a short walk from the end of a long dirt road.

After such a tortuous drive to get to this area, however, it is much more satisfying to explore more of this remote and scenic region by taking a wonderful backpacking loop. The recommended route heads north on view-packed but little-used trails to Woodtick Summit and Grouse Lake before making a long, steep drop to the Middle Fork Salmon River near Tappan Falls. Loop back to your starting point via the trail up Cache Creek.

© 2015 Douglas Lorain/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Challis
Distance: 32
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3-4 days
Season: Usually open July to October. Best: July to September.
Local Maps: USFS Frank Church–River of No Return: South Half
Driving Directions: Directions to Sleeping Deer Mountain: Middle Fork Salmon Loop

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