Starting in Riggins Idaho, go about 23 miles East up along the Salmon River. This brings you to the beautiful historic Wind River Bridge. The scenery is breathtaking and I highly recommend Spring hiking and camping because of the coolness of temperature, the landscape is budding with color and greenery, less insects to deal with and it is just beautiful. This area will get very hot and dry as summer moves along. All along the road are camping spots and bathrooms. It is a very clean area because people who pack it in also pack it out. No garbage cans, you will need to plan to take it with you.
Caution: If hiking with children make sure you hold hands going across the bridge because the beams leave big gaps where you can literally step off the bridge into the river.
You can park at the Bridge where the Idaho Centennial Trail #88 Starts. This trail is only open to Livestock , mountain bikes and Pedestrian traffic only. No motorized vehicle is allowed in the wilderness. After you cross the bridge you will come to a divide in the trail. Idaho Centennial Trail #88 goes up to the Left and Forest Trail #312 goes to the right. Trail #88 (To the Left) is a hard exposed trail that has switch backs all the way up. You can make this a up to 10 mile hike with about 4,000 feet elevation gain or a 5 mile out and back will still give you amazing views of the river and the surrounding mountains.
Trail #312 takes you into the Gospel Hump Wilderness. We found some old graves from the late 1800’s, wind river cascades to the east of the trail and a beautiful area.
We camped at Spring Bar campground. It was nice, clean and beautiful with trees to give shade as well. You can easily walk down to the sand bar and launch a raft.
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