South Fork of the Salmon River Trail

Total Miles


1112.75 ft


2 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

The South Fork of the Salmon River trail is the famous "Cliff Trail". It is approximately 8 miles each way as an out and back. The trail has multiple sections on the side of the cliff with extreme exposure to the river. Extreme caution is required when following this trail. There is a registration box at the beginning of the trail that the Forest Service asks each user to fill out before going on the trail. The trail isn't technically difficult and is fairly wide throughout most of it, however, there is high risk if you are afraid of heights or have poor throttle control.


There is extreme exposure that can be nerve-wracking. Technical difficulty isn't high, but significant harm or damage to your bike can occur if not ridden carefully.

Technical Rating


Access Description

From McCall, you can drive or ride on Lick Creek Road to the NE for approx 31 miles to the turn-off that takes you to the trail head.