Places to camp along the way: Camp spots along the trail abound, increasing as the river level drops. Beaches can be sandy or cobbled, so pick your spot and bring a hammock!
Things to consider: Water is plentiful along the entire trail. A good water filter is highly recommended. Snakes and rattlesnakes can be seen and heard especially when crossing the hotter and drier headlands. Give the snakes a chance to move, give them wide berth, and you will appreciate why the rattlers are often called “gentlemen snakes” as they tend to give you ample warning of their presence. “Gentlemen”, in this case, is a gender inclusive adjective! You will see pack trains on the trail as the corridor provides access to some of the most remote country in the lower 48 states. Move to the downhill side of the trail, if possible, and speak to the horses and mules in a quiet and reassuring manner. Remember to thank the Forest Service personnel and mule team drivers for keeping our national forests and trails healthy!
Fun places to visit on your way in or out: If traveling to the eastern trailhead from the south, stop in beautiful Salmon, Idaho, the birthplace of Sacajawea, and enjoy the delicious hamburgers and local beers at the Junkyard Bistro, have a cocktail at the Shady Nook and see where the locals go to relax, or buy yourself the perfect straw river hat from Jaxonbilt Hats, talk to the owner, and ask for a little cowboy poetry from one of the Cowboy Poetry Festival founders. Traveling from the west, visit Selway Falls and bring a fishing pole for great catch and release fishing! Along the trail, stop by the historic Moose Creek Ranger Station and watch backcountry pilots navigate the grass airstrip. Be sure to say hello to the volunteer at the ranger station.
More info about this hike: AllTrails review discusses the trail as an “out and back”.