Big Elk Creek Trail

EASY 24 reviews
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Big Elk Creek Trail is a 10.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Irwin, Idaho that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1299 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Easy, wide trail for the 1st half, then two or three deep smooth rock water crossings for horses. Not for novice horse riders beyond this point. Trail narrow for 6 plus miles for the advance hiker or rider. Worth the ride to the end. Water is too deep before mid July. Advanced Hikers can take a upper trail to get around stream it but is steep narrow. Not made for horses. Look up to your left at the water crossing to see the trail.

hiking
25 days ago

A great trail for a hike with younger children. The trail is quite easy for the first four miles or so, with lots of nice views of the creek. There's plenty of shade along the way, and for those so inclined, several good options for campsites within the first three miles. Beyond the three mile mark, look for mountain goats on the steep canyon walls.

At about five miles in, the trial splits, giving the more adventurous hiker several options, including the South Fork and the Siddoway Fork. The latter connects with Austin Canyon and Neeley Cove.

hiking
29 days ago

1 month ago

Nice easy hike. Trail was dusty so I guess no rain recently. Lots of Salmon in the river.

1 month ago

Gorgeous trail that follows the river with beautiful scenery and didn't see anyone else. River is still pretty high but passable now. Bring your keen type sandals for this one and go in August or September when it's warm and the river is lower. Or just make it a smaller hike since it doesn't cross the river for a while.

trail running
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with a gradual uphill on the way out and a fun gentle downhill on the way back. I went out about 3.5 miles, but the brush was getting pretty thick after about 3 miles, so I would recommend making it a 6 mile or shorter run/hike on this trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail! We went about halfway with kids and a dog, and it wasn't too difficult. the scenery is lovely. Bring bug spray!

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

Great trail! Both kid and dog friendly. Be careful around the creek, it was very full and very fast from winter/snow run off.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Over all great hike. Trail needed to be cleaned up. There was flooding in many parts. I posted some picture.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

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Sunday, August 07, 2016

hiking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Very pretty. The trail is along the creek and there is plenty of shade. Loved it. Did only about half of the hike. Had to turn around about half a mile after dry canyon crossroad. The creek was too deep and wide to continue further.

hiking
Thursday, May 05, 2016

5-4-2016. It was a nice day. starting at mile 2 or 2 and a half, there isn't a ton of shade. It is still enjoyable. Just gets hot quickly. We turned around at mile 4, due to brush thickening. Gorgeous Creek. perfect for horses or dogs. It was running a little fast, but there is a nice flat, easy spot for dogs to lay down in the water around mile 2ish. Would definitely do this one again.

hiking
Sunday, July 12, 2015