Mine Fork of Cherry Creek is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Downey, Idaho that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

Length2.7 miElevation gain574 ftRoute typeOut & back
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A nice creekside hike to a meadow and old miners cabin This pretty hike follows Cherry Creek for a ways, then a tributary to a pleasant meadow, where the remains of a miners log cabin still exist. The trail follows the creek, (good fishing) upstream through a variety of trees, wildlife, and views, then turns into a heavy pine forest a short distance to the meadow. Several loops can be made from this hike. The old mine shaft can still be visited about a mile further up this canyon, although bushwhacking is required after a short distance.

Malad District Ranger Station 208-766-4743

From Downey, go SW on old hwy 191, 2.2 miles. At the bottowm of the hill, take a left turn to the south onto county road. Follow this road 8 miles. The trailhead is a continuation of the incoming road. There is parking for two or three vehicles before crossing the creek. Across the creek about 100 yards is a forest Service Campground with 3 or 4 spaces. Additional parking may be found on that side of creek.

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Cameron Flewellen
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It's difficult to find the trail. It seems to have been overgrown with bushes and tall grass. If you want to take this route I would suggest bringing something to do a bit of bushwhacking. We ended up just going farther along Cherry Creek instead of making it all the way to the mine. Also, I would save the spot for the mine on Google Maps or download this trail so that you can just make your own way there. If I had downloaded the spot of the shack we would have kept going but without it I had no idea where it was, and there is no cell service to download anything while you are out there.

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Ashli Bryant
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Beginning of trail is a steep gradual incline. Once you get to where the trail forks, go left up a super steep hill. If you go right, it’s a rocky up hill trek to third creek. The sign has been broken. We went right towards third creek. We had 7 kids from ages 3-12. At some point I would rate the hike moderate. Hoping to complete the actual hike to the mine shaft another time. Real bummer the directional sign had been tapered with. Beautiful views and wild flowers.

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Paul Bumgarner
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the trail starts out great. ATV could easily use it. 1/2 way the trail turns in to a single person trail. was not able to get to the end because r he trail disappeared.

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Heidi Boehme
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Beautiful area. We went in the fall, and the colors were absolutely amazing. It is a dirt road for a way towards the end, and a very narrow dirt road at the end.

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Tahna Lee
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Rachel Hazelbush
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Darci Eames
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Alicia R
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Cassie LeBeau
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