Left Fork of Cherry Creek is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Downey, Idaho that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,358 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching


A nice canyon hike to a ridgeline with great views. The well used trail follows creeks through a variety of trees, meadows and open views. Several species of animals and birds may be seen. The junction to this trail is just past the cattle guard about 600 yards into the hike. This trail goes to the left from the main Cherry creek trail. This hike can also be made into several loop hikes with other canyons and trails in the area.

off trail
over grown
15 days ago

I loved this trail! It was absolutely beautiful, but beware of anthills! Definitely will do again:)

16 days ago

My brother and I went up the left fork on 05/04/20 it was Beautiful with lots of shade the higher we got the more snow we ran into other than that it was amazing and we could of gone all the way up to Oxford peak with more time

Planned to hike up to Oxford Peak, and took the Middle Fork because it appeared to lead toward the peak. The trail disappeared at an abandoned campsite so I headed uphill to get cell service and then reoriented up to the peak. Ended up bushwhacking to meet up with the trail to Oxford that diverts off of the Left Fork. The hike up to the peak was moderately difficult on the ATV trail due to the sandy condition of portions of the trail and at times it was fairly steep. I took a wrong turn when the ATV trail forks and ended up below the peak and bushwhacked up to the summit. The last portion of the trail is fairly rocky to the summit. I returned on the ATV trail that meets up with the Left Fork. The route up to the peak from the Left Fork adds a few miles both ways, but the trail is well marked from this direction, so there are definitely pros and cons to either ascent. Nice hike with beautiful scenery. Watched the sunset during the final ascent and then walked back in the dark with my headlamp. Saw several deer, and a porcupine, as well as surprised a few herds of cows and deer during the dark hike down.

Fri May 17 2019

Hiked on May 16, 2019. Lovely gradual uphill climb until the last .3 mile which was definitely a steeper incline. Well maintained multi-use trail however there are ruts from motor vehicles. Currently several stream crossings due to snow melt, so wear waterproof shoes for stone hopping. Lots of wildflowers, plenty of shade, and beautiful views at the top.

Mon Jul 16 2018

This trail is ALMOST an EASY... the last .3 of a mile gets REALLY STEEP! That’s the only downside! About 60% of the trail was shaded by the trees. The creek was always babbling next to you and some of the views are stunning. ALMOST as advertised... be aware beginners that the ending may surprise you.

Mon Jul 31 2017

Great workout!

ohv/off road driving
11 months ago

Sat Jun 11 2016