Brown's, Castle, and Alder Creeks Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews

Brown's, Castle, and Alder Creeks Trail is a 40.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Murphy, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

40.6 miles 5462 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

off road driving


horseback riding


wild flowers


ATV/UTV trip to scenic overlooks, old mines, and cabins in Alder, Castle, and Brown's Creeks near Oreana, Idaho. This is a nice trip at lower elevations (2800' to 4000') in the Owyhees. It is about a 40 mile round trip.(The Route Length says 27.2, but is not correct.) The Castle Creek overlooks are spectacular with the vertical rock canyon walls and running water in the bottom. Two of the overlooks are where some type of rock mining operation was conducted. If you are lucky, California Bighorn Sheep may be spotted. Two small herds have been seen in this area. We saw about 16 mule deer during our last ride here. If you ride in warmer weather, watch out for rattlesnakes! Cell phone service is intermittent here. The ride is on BLM and State land except for the Brown's Creek Cabin. Almost all of the private property in this area has locked gates. Most of the ride is easy. I rated it moderate because of the trails to the two Unnamed Mines. If you have over 4 or 5 machines you might consider only a few at a time going down the trails together as there is not a lot of room to turn around in route or at the bottom.

off road driving
4 months ago

The road in was gravel and groomed. Markers were clear for roads and trails. Had a great time driving some easy to moderate roads. Road C600 was tight and ended abruptly after about 1.5 miles. If you don't want your rig scuffed up don't take the C600 road.
All in all it was a great set of trails.

4 years ago

We explored Castle Creek with the grand kids. Did a short ride. The roads were dry. It was a little breezy.Great time!

5 years ago

This is a wonderful area to explore and enjoy the breath taking vistas. It is a pretty easy ride for most anyone.

A great guide!