Hike in Salmon–Challis National Forest – Idaho, US

This video starts out in an old ghost town – Gilmore, Idaho. This is where I first met “Kat”. Yes the dog in the video. The hike is a little over 4 miles to Meadow Lake. After about 1.5 miles of hiking I ran into “Kat” again up on the mountain. We were like peas and carrots the rest of the day.

Salmon–Challis National Forest is located in east central sections of the U.S. state of Idaho. At 4,235,940 acres (6,618.66 sq mi, or 17,142.24 km2) it is one of the largest national forests in the lower 48 states and also has most of the land area of the Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness, which is the largest wilderness area south of Alaska.

Borah Peak, the tallest mountain in Idaho, is also found here. The Wild and Scenic Salmon River weaves through the rugged terrain of the Sawtooth Mountains and Sawtooth National Recreation Area, while it flows for over 75 miles (121 km) through the forest. The Big Lost River has its headwaters within the national forest.

Challis National Forest, the more southerly of its two parts, lies primarily in Custer County, but also has major areas in Lemhi and Butte counties, as well as smaller areas in Clark and Blaine counties. It has a total area of 2,463,471 acres (3,849.17 sq mi, or 9,969.31 km2). There are local ranger district offices located in Challis, Clayton, and Mackay.

Salmon National Forest, which lies to the north, is primarily located in Lemhi County, with spillover into Valley and Idaho counties. It has a total area of 1,772,469 acres (2,769.48 sq mi, or 7,172.93 km2). There are local ranger district offices located in Leadore, North Fork, and Salmon.

The combined forest headquarters are located in Salmon, Idaho.

05:30 Timestamp for Alan’s wisdom

Alan Wilson Watts was a British writer and speaker known for interpreting and popularising Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism for a western audience. Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York.

Video Source: A hike with Alan Watts…… and a random dog. from Steps for the Soul on Youtube CC BY