Crooked River Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho City, Idaho that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length7.6 miElevation gain715 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingNature tripsSnowshoeingWalkingBird watchingDog friendlyForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugs
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Katie Burt
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Lily Gilbert
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HikingClosed

FYI - we attempted to do this hike today and Forest Road 384/Crooked River Rd is closed due to road work until early to mid-October according to signage, so we couldn't access the trailhead that way

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Greg L.
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Hiking

Heavily burned but still a nice day hike or overnighter. Couple of good camping spots on the trail.

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Gabby Salmeron
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HikingGreat!No shade

Visited at the end of August. This is an easy-moderate trail, definitely wear sun protection and a hat because it’s sunny. There were also lots of good spots for camping right off the trail. It’s well marked and I ended at the pebbled beach area though it looks like the path might’ve extended further?

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Ken Bates
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Backpacking

Terrific trail. A little over 3 miles to a well established camp site. Another mile or so to another at the Sunset Creek connection. Trail was slightly more technical on the southern part. Hiked in on a Sunday afternoon and back out the next day. Didn’t see a soul but for the few small groups of day hikers coming out. Some areas were 100% burned out from 2016 and other areas much less affected.

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Ron Rueppel
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Lisa Underwood
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Andrew Hoekema
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FishingGreat!
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Simon Bell
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Hiking

follows river, mixed shade and open from burn. Good fishing

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Lee Sappington
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Eric Plotkin
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Beautiful hike, especially farther in where it's less burned. Crossed the river before I realized I was on the wrong trail (from the parking lot). Start up by the sign on the road, you shouldn't need to get in the water at all.

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Lydia Blair
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9am start still pretty late! Beautiful on the way out, but hot hot hot on the way back. Some spots are getting a bit overgrown, but in a couple weeks will be flush with thimbleberries.

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Jennifer Robinson
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Hiking

gorgeous well maintained hiker only. lots of shallow water access.

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Patrick Boel
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Hiking

Awesome trail. Follows a really nice river. I was surprised to see so many people on it though.

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jenna Pe
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Loved this trail. Went an extra mile to get to some primo camping spots. The last mile was a bit sporty. It was good. The river was high but still found a spot to go for a dip. Loved it.

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Griff Williams
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Hiking

Excellent trail, berry vines and flowers in full bloom. Once you get past first mile or so, very few hikers. But at the end 7+ miles trail goes straight up mountain with steep switchbacks. Worth the drive and the 3 hr +- in and out!

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Janeth Woodworth
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Nice trail, beautiful wildflowers, surprised it was not too many people

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Jamie Marie
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We went early because others had said there was no shade. They were right. It appears there was a fire some time ago and the forest service cut down the burned trees. The wild flowers were simply stunning. We hardly saw any other people, but we went on a weekday.

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Brandy Roberts
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Hiking

Beautiful river and wildflowers! The trail was nice and we met quite a few groups. It doesn’t have a ton of shade, but it was worth it and I would do it again!

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Geoff Hannaford
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Very easy trail

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Elyshia Louie
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Backpacking

Beautiful trail along the Crooked River. Bridge #2 was being built when we hiked in, and was finished when we hiked out. Lots of rain on our hike which resulted in beautiful greenery and TONS of wildflowers. We camped at the camp spot located 3.7 miles in. We had planned on hiking further but the trail does get very narrow and steep beyond 3.7 miles--with the dog, decided not to go further. The campsite was clean, plenty of space for tents, designated fire pit and right up against the river for water access and some fishing. We walked out with 4 ticks, 3 small brook trout caught, beautiful views, fresh air and a great time. Looking forward to this hike again.

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Golden Gurl
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What a beautiful hike, it's right along a winding creek! Great place to take photos and bring the dogs!

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Amber Lequia
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Beautiful trail! We had a blast with our dogs.

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Tom Rogers
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Took about 3.5 hour hike including a lunch stop. Not sure how far we went but far enough to get out of the main burn area. Picked up a tick or two but it was a nice hike and fun to get outdoors for a change!

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Jennifer M
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HikingBridge outNo shadeRockySnow

Beautiful trail. Many of the trees were burned in the wild fires last year, which means limited shade. Part of the trail was snow covered in one area but easy to climb up and over. On another part of the trail the bridge was out but it was shallow enough (knee height) that we could wade through it carrying out shoes. Might be a little harder of a trail this year because of these things. Still worth the effort to be in this beautiful place.

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Robert Minch
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Hiking

We hiked in just under four miles and back out. Now 99% snow free trail except one tricky shaded slope a mile or so in. Nice lunch and camping spots less than four miles in where the burn is less severe. One stream crossing requiring wet feet or some time and caution finding a dry option. Little recovery from the fire a few years ago, with many burnt trees cut down and some log jams in the river, but nothing blocking the trail at this time.

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