Elk Creek Falls

This wide, well-maintained trail is actually an old wagon road that provides access to settlements along the Clearwater River. This series of trails provides access to three falls that comprise Elk Creek Falls.

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Length: 2.10 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry, Snow Trail
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Camping
Dogs - Off leash
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Pack trips
Equestrian - Other stock
Fishing
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Swimming
Swimming - Diving/snorkeling
Wildlife Observation
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Elk River, Idaho
State(s): Idaho
Counties: Clearwater
Longitude: -116.18206
Latitude: 46.766

Driving Directions

From Moscow, drive 49 miles east on ID 8; turn right on gravel Forest Rd. 1452 (turns into Elk River Rd.). Continue 2.1 miles to Elk Creek Falls Trailhead.

Description

This wide, well-maintained trail is actually an old wagon road that provides access to settlements along the Clearwater River. This series of trails provides access to three falls that comprise Elk Creek Falls. These trails have a rating from easy to moderate. One section of this trail passes by an old school house site and several species of old- growth timber. The Upper Falls has a 20' vertical drop, the middle falls is a 70' vertical drop, and the lower falls has a 50' vertical drop. This series of trails is 3 miles in length and takes about an hour and 15 minutes to hike. The trails are well marked, and have interpretive signs at historic sites. This trail is closed to all motorized recreation.

Additional Details

Width: 48 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 10%
Maximum Grade: 15%
Elevation Low Point: 1,200
Elevation High Point: 1,300
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1988

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Trimble Outdoors - trail information
Website: Forest Service - trail information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Duane Annis
Clearwater National Forest
Clearwater National Forest
12730 Hwy. 12
Orofino , ID 83544
(207) 476-4450
dannis@fs.fed.us
http://fsweb.clearwater.r1.fs.fed.us/

 

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Reviews

Great views

Hiked this trail for the first time with family and dogs. This is trail has gentle grade following just below the ridge line. Great views of surrounding mountains throughout the hike. We went about 5 miles one way then back, but the trail was still going. Very gradual incline friendly to most people I would say. High clearance rig recommend for the last 5 miles of drive to trail beginning.

July 23, 2018

 

 



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