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Kyle Creek to Arid Peak is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Avery, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.8 mi Elevation gain 1,079 ft Route type Out & Back

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Rebecca Cole
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Hiking

Couldn't find the road to the TH on Saturday 7/18. So one star only because of that.

Tristan Hagaman
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HikingBlowdownSnow

Hiked up to the lookout today, trail was still covered in a lot of snow for a good portion of it, we were able to navigate the gap in the trees and make it all the way to the lookout. Stayed for awhile and had lunch by the campfire, got to peek in the window of the lookout.

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Tom Whin
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Hiking

Like others I found it confusing in finding the forest road that leads to the trailhead. Thanks to my Garmin app however I was able to zoom in and figure out where to cross the river. There is a bridge opposite the turnoff for the Hiawatha trail. From Wallace this is about 20 miles down that road that leads to Avery. Once on the west side of the river the TH isn't more than 8 miles or so on a decent gravel road. Signage in Idaho both for forest roads and trailheads is quite poor. The only signs along the trail were two of the exact same thing at the junction where you meet the ridge trail that goes on up to the lookout. And these two signs appeared to be printed on an inkjet printer and inserted in plastic envelopes. Laughable. The hike was very nice and huckleberries were plentiful for the first half mile or so up the trail. There were some fairly steep stretches but nothing too difficult. I logged 1.2 miles to the junction and then another 1.5 to the lookout. Be careful on the way down that you do not overshoot that left turn as there is no signage for that direction of hiking and if you are not paying attention you can go several miles toward Avery. There was no one at the lookout when I reached it and it was actually unlocked so I had my lunch inside out of the wind and sun. The views are very good although many trees have grown since this was built and there is some obstruction in various directions. This looks like a neat place to spend a night or two but you need to either pack in all of your water or hike down a very steep trail about 0.5 mile to a spring and then back up with the heavy containers. I did see bear scat along the trail containing huckleberries but did not encounter any wildlife. Definitely hike this with a firearm.

Andy R
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Best 30 bucks I have ever spent. It was even worth spending most of the day looking for that darn Forest Service road #1997. Thank goodness for locals with USFS maps. 10 year old had a blast too. He is still talking about the owl that flew up and changed direction directly over us.

April Wallace
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Camping

Trail steep at first. Nice overnight stay!

Dave Nance
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Hiking

Arid peak lookout is for rent and is a very nice place to spend the night. it's well stocked with cooking and tools for cutting fire wood. You park at a dead end on what appears to be a safe place for your vehicle over night. under 3 miles to lookout and only 600 or so feet of elevation gain.

Kevin Renner
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Hiking

so I misunderstood the route, I started at the mouth of kyle creek at the river, its a long climb but a nice hike. I didn't make it to the lookout, I turned around after 3 miles when I realized I still had almost 2 miles more. I didn't plan on a 9.5 mile hike(time and supplies) I will go back more prepared.

Rex Watson
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Backpacking

Suggest you take the St. Maries-Avery route. Trail head is 16 miles from Avery on very good gravel roads that pass though 3 old train tunnels. Hike in took 1 hour. We had the Lookout during the smokey season so the views were limited but still spectacular. Hike to spring water was 1 hour round trip with Huckleberries to to eat during breaks. Going back up with heavy water in the packs, the steep trail wasn't that bad but plan to do it once!.

Matthew Lindquist
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First to Review

We arrived at the trail head toward the end of the day and made our way up the trail. It's a steep climb in places, so we made slow progress. By the time we arrived at the lookout, dusk had fallen and the trail had become difficult to see. Thankfully, we arrived before it got too dark to continue. We had the lookout rented, so we were able to spend the next few nights there. The views were, as expected, fantastic. The lookout provides a good location to set out on day hikes along multiple trails.

Terry Moore
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Kimberly Minter
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Tracee Harding
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Christa Umphrey
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Terry Moore
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Steve B.
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Jaime S.
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Kevin Renner
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Dave Nance
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