Located in Idaho, the horseback riding in Salmon National Forest offers over ten good horse trail destinations. The best Salmon National Forest horseback riding based on popularity are considered to be Bear Valley Lakes Trail, Big Eightmile Trail, Winnemucca Creek Trail, Nez Perce National Historic Trail, and Upper Harden Creek / Coal Creek Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Salmon National Forest horseback riding trail below.
South of Salmon and southeast of Lemhi, the Bear Valley Lakes Trail is a 5.4 mile route open to horseback riding. The trail ranges from 6,800 feet to 9,200 feet on its way from the NFS Bear Valley Campground up to Bear Valley Lake. There is a 1.2 mile side trail to Upper Bear Valley Lakes.
Southeast of Salmon and west of Leadore in the Leadore Ranger District, the Big Eightmile Trail #6183 is a 6 mile horseback riding route ranging from 7,700 feet to 10,200 feet along Big Eightmile Creek into scenic alpine meadows. There are sweeping vistas from the summit.
South of Salmon and northwest of Leadore in the Leadore Ranger District, the Hayden Creek Trail is a 10 mile horseback riding route ranging from 6,460 feet to 7,940 feet. The horse trail runs from the Kadletz Creek trailhead to the Tobias Creek trailhead.
South of Salmon and northwest of Leadore in the Leadore Ranger District, the East Fork Hayden Creek Trail is a 6.6 mile horseback riding route ranging from 7,400 feet to 8,800 feet. This is a scenic horse trail along the East Fork of Hayden Creek traveling up and over talus ridge into Mill Lake.