DISTANCE
12.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,532 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

horseback riding

river

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
26 days ago

Doing this trail in one day makes for a long day. We started from the black canyon side. The first few miles are easy and beautiful (The whole trail is beautiful!) There are so many water crossings that it would have taken all day to keep changing shoes back and forth to water shoes each time. Just wear some wool hiking socks, good shoes, and forge through.
After about 4 miles you come to the beaver damn. This is about the last water before you make the climb, so fill up your bottles before you turn up the canyon to the left. The climb from the Black Canyon side is easier than climbing the burns side. You will climb for a few miles till you get to the trail signs. Once you see the signs, the climb is over. Turn left and drop steeply into Burns Creek. (I would not want to climb this side). Once you get to the bottom (a mile or so) you will see more trail signs. Turn left here and follow the creek out. Lots of overgrown vegetation and creek crossings. It was SO lush and beautiful, I didn't know Idaho had such lush scenery. My 9yr old pretended he was in the amazon rain forest.
If you want to make the loop, and you have a group, park a vehicle at each trail head and save the over two mile road walk back to black canyon trail head.
Next time I will just do Burns creek in and out and skip the climb.