Day 2 – Idaho Off Pavement

Lick Creek Hike, Elk Summit, Shiefer Campground on the South Fork of the Salmon River.

Day 2 began with a quick drive down to the Lick Creek Trailhead where I stopped to hike up to Lick Lake.  The GAIA GPS track for the hike is also included to the right. This was a relatively short hike but it was also steep with about 2,000 ft. of elevation gain. It’s a small but pretty lake that’s tucked in among a couple peaks. According to others on the trail it is full of fish!

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Lick Lake - Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness

After the hike I continued driving on FR 340. It was slow going due to the winding and rough road. It took me up Goldman cut and Elk Summit both of which featured a lot of switchbacks. The day started at around 4000 ft, got up to 8600 and by the end of the day got back down to about 3000 ft. I stopped and camped at Shiefer National Forest Campground which is situated along side the South Fork of the Salmon River. 

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Elk Summit - Payette National Forest
My Site at Shiefer Campground Idaho
My Site at Shiefer Campground.
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Arial View to the West from Elk Summit
South Fork Salmon River from Shiefer CG.
South Fork Salmon River from Shiefer CG.
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