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    Middle Fork River Trail

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    22.0 km
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    552 m
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    Middle Fork River Trail

    The Middle Fork River Trail is a beautiful adventure through the Salmon River Canyon near Stanley, Idaho. Hike amongst the towering bluffs of the Salmon River Mountains through pine stands, flowering meadows, and areas of fire scar.

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    Route Description for Middle Fork River Trail

    Wonderful scenery and seclusion await you on the Middle Fork River Trail. Hiking this route makes for a pleasant experience, and as it is a point-to-point trail, you will be awarded new views and fresh settings every step of the way. As this is a one-way route, it is important to remember that you will need to arrange for pickup or leave a car parked at the trail’s end—the last thing you want to be doing after a tiring trek is scrambling to find a rind! Note also that much of the route is exposed, so it is wise to wear sun protection and bring plenty of water.

    Your adventure along the Middle Fork River Trail begins from the Dagger Falls Campground. Here you will find a trailhead for the Middle Fork Trail; take this route over the footbridge to the east side of the river. Turn right at the junction, and the Middle Fork Trail will lead you southeastwardly along the riverside. Alternating between exposed meadows and shaded tree stands, you will be rewarded with pleasant views of the wild waterway below and the bounding ridges of the Salmon River Mountains. Winding through the canyon, the path will intersect with several seasonal streams. After some hiking, you will confront an intersection, keep left, and you will be diverted onto the Marsh Creek Trail.

    Follow this route along the meandering creek, and you will eventually reach the trail’s end when you connect with the Lola Creek Road. Appreciate the feat you just accomplished, and go grab a refreshing drink in Stanley to celebrate.

    Getting to the Middle Fork River Trail Trailhead

    The Middle Fork River Trail begins from the trailhead off Dagger Falls Mountain Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Dispersed Camping

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      One Way

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