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Salmon River Mines - Old gold and silver mines

Scenic mines, campground, and trails near Burgdorf, Idaho.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 69 miles
Duration: Multiple days
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Overview :  This is a historic mining area along the south side of the Salmon River near Burgdorf, Idaho. There are also some active mines in the ... more »

Tips:  Depending on the seasons' snowfall, the trails are usually clear by July and open through September, sometimes a little longer. It... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Pete Creek Campground

The Pete Creek Campground is part of the Lake Creek Dispersed Camping area in the Payette National Forest near Burgdorf, Idaho. It overlooks Lake Creek and its meadow.

It is a no fee campground, has 11 sites suitable for RVs, a vault toilet, and fire rings. Several of the sites are designed for groups. There is no potable water. Most of the sites... More

2. Lake Creek Bridge

The bridge is on the Pete Creek Trail in the middle of the meadow. Chinook salmon spawn here. The peak spawning time is in August.

The National Marine/Fisheries Service claims that Lake Creek is the most important spawning area in the U.S. for wild Chinook salmon runs.

About 4 miles from the trail head, the Pete Creek Trail intersects with the ... More

3. Scenic Overlook

There is a vehicle pull out here.

4. Kimberly Gold Mine & Lakes

This is a picturesque area with old mining structures, two pristine lakes with cut throat trout, and a closed mine shaft.

It is private property.

5. Summit Silver Mine

The elevation here is 7040'. The mine buildings are mostly decayed.

The shaft is into solid rock at the top of the mine tailings.

The road/trail from here is just wide enough for ATVs.

6. Mine Shaft

This shaft may be part of the Summit Silver Mine.

Great view from here.

7. Leadville Mine

These structures are at the end of the ATV trail. One appears to have been used fairly recently. Probably by hunters.

8. Outfitter's Camp

This camp site is only used during hunting season in the fall.

It is on the edge of the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness. A foot/horse trail starts here and goes to Maxwell Point in the wilderness.

9. Sherman-Howe Mine

There are a lot of old structures and mining equipment here.

10. Golden Anchor Mine

There is an interesting warning sign posted on one of the buildings here. It gives one good reason you need to be very careful exploring this mining area.

The road/trail from this point on is overgrown and not suitable for full size vehicle traffic.

11. Old Kentuck Mine

This was supposed to be the Post Office for the mines in the area.

One of the structures is in pretty good shape, but it is obvious the maid hasn't been here lately.

The road/trail is blocked by down timber just below these structures and we haven't explored it.

12. Bear Lake Mine

There is construction going on at this old mining claim.

13. Marshall Mountain

Video of the view at 8400' elevation from the Marshall Mountain Road.

14. Beartrap Saddle

At Beartrap Saddle the trail to the Tuttle Mine goes downhill and to the north.

15. Tuttle Mine

The mine shaft is full of water and the forest has nearly reclaimed the structures.