Snake River - Kirkwood Ranch is a 10.4 mile out and back trail located near Lucile, ID and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until November.
my family loves this trail,we have done this two years in a row for spring break. it seems that about the 4 mi. mark people seem to start getting burned out but after that pretty easy hike down to the ranch. great place to camp for the night but then the grade getting out is pretty steep in the morning. over all difficulty i would say med
plenty of places to filter water along trail and views are amazing
Narrow trail along the river canyon. A bit of up and down for a bit of a challenging hike. No fuel for fires even if there were fire rings, but unbelievable river and canyon views.
Do not follow the map connected to this trail, unless you have an atv. Made that mistake and walked all the way down to the bottom and had to get a ride from a side by side. It's beautiful down there though!
The trail is awesome and easy, at the near end you can camp at Kirkwood National Homestead Museum.
If you go past that you will find thousands of year old pictographs, as well as Suicide Point, which has it lore in lovers from different tribe, much like Romeo and Juliet ~smiles~
Rattlesnakes come out at the end of May, beginning of June...I have yet to encounter any there, unlike the rattlesnake dens my friends and I have walked into in the past ~snickers~
When the water goes down "Arrowheads" can be found along the shore, albeit you are not allowed to keep them ~smiles~, legally they must be handed over to the rangers or the host house at Kirkwood.
The Carson Mansion is a small excursion trail up from the Hosts house, it was a mansion in the 30's used by Bootleggers. There is a Hanta Virus Warning in the building, but I AM still alive ~chuckles~.
I do not go there in the SUMMER, too hot for my blood ~chuckles~, but a great hike none the less, I have seen 9 year old boys kick that trails butt ~smiles~
We run this trail each year as the last few miles of a 16 or 25 mile adventure run. This is not an "offical" race or run just a few friends that take a jet boat up the Snake and run back to Pittsburg Landing. From Pitsburg to Kirkwood it is about six miles one way. A very nice moderate hike or run. But do it early in the spring, rattle snakes come out later in the year.