From the Salmo Basin trailhead at the end of FR 2220, you’ll switchback 3.5 miles, passing through sub-alpine spruce and plush cedar to a knee- to waist-deep river ford. (Look upstream for a downed tree to cross). If you’re short on daylight, camp in one of two sites on the north bank after you cross. Otherwise, continue along the trail, climbing gradually for two miles to Crutch Creek, where the path forks. Head left to a sweet tent site a couple hundred yards short of where the trail crosses the South Salmo again. You’ll have sunset views of 7,572-foot Snowy Top Mountain’s bald summit.