Mores Creek Summit to Sunset Mountain

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Boise National Forest

Mores Creek Summit to Sunset Mountain is a 9.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho City, Idaho that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length9.7 miElevation gain2,053 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Cheryl Kingsford
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Cheryl Kingsford
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Simon Bell
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Great hike! Lots of views in all directions showing recent fire carnage and rebirth of forest. The trail is actually a jeep trail but everyone was really respectful and slowed down as they past by on their ATV etc.. It was middle of hunting season and great to see all the hunters respect multiple use concept. Only 1 hour from Boise and felt like we were away from everything. Is a steady incline but nothing too steep. Saw evidence of deer, mtn lion and elk. Will be back in winter to snowshoe same section.

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Stacey Waldrup Hahn
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All road, but that was just fine. It was pretty foggy and we couldn’t see anything at the top. Some steep uphill at the beginning, then it levels out in places. Bathroom at the trailhead parking lot.

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Dustin Yonkovich
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Scott Jones
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Nice forest road. Some vehicle traffic, but everyone seemed responsible. Mostly through forest, though there were some burned areas. Great views all along the trail. Moderate climb up.

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Erin Gatfield
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(Hiked on 7-15-20) Even though you're hiking on a dirt road instead of a trail, the views afforded by the climb are exceptional. I only saw one other person the whole time, and enjoyed the summit views in solitude. Whole swaths of lupine, Indian paintbrush, penstemon, and sego lilies. The fire lookout is boarded up, but you're able to climb the steps to enjoy the panoramic views from the deck.

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Brian Busby
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Hiking

Nice views along the way and a great panoramic vista from the top at the old fire tower. Its not as enjoyable to be hiking on a road the whole time but it makes the 10 miles go considerably faster and I only saw one ORV the whole time and no other people midday on a Saturday. Temperature was pleasant too despite it being high noon in the summer.

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Bill oreily
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great exercise hiking from the bottom, ran into a few dirt bikers/dune buggy riders but was pretty much alone. There's an old fire lookout at the top of the mountain, breathtaking views and lots of colorful wildflowers

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James Blakely
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Trail clear. Hardly ran into anyone on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

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Sarah Massar
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Beautiful trail! Backpacked in a few miles, spent the night, and then summited in the morning. Wildflowers are out, a few snow patches but nothing you can’t get around, gorgeous granite rocks ;)... uphill almost the whole way so prepare for cardio leg day. Ends at Sunset Watchtower, really great views of the Sawtooths from up there! Starts at a huge parking area which is super easy to find. The trail has some jut-offs but keep following the main trail/road and going up and you’ll be fine.

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Britany Enzenauer
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We went May 24th 2020, there is still snow patches and then at about mile 3 it’s all snow. We went about half a mile in the snow. We went early so the snow was hard enough to walk on top of it.

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Max Kittelson
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Trail was lots of fun. I had to use my snowshoes the entire way in and back. When there is snow on the trail I wouldn’t say this trail is moderate difficulty, I would instead rate it expert as not only will you be cold and miserable but there are 2 hills you will have to hike up and it will tire you out. The snow was very deep when I went through, meaning there is no way you will be able to do the trail without snowshoes. Good luck.

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Max Kittelson
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clay jones
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James Simmons
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Mountain biking

This is a steep climb for a mountain bike on the way up. However the trail was nice and wide and in good shape. The view from the top is worth all the effort and the ride down is a blast.

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Rachel Rome
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Hiking

This trail was decent. I was kind of annoyed with how there weren’t any markings for the trail. There were several forks and I just kinda chose paths that I thought the trail was. There were several burned and fallen trees on the side of the trail too. Definitely not the prettiest hike I’ve been on. However, I could see it being nicer when there is some snow on the ground. Would I hike this trail again? Maybe not.

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Miguel Hernandez
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Recommend doing this early. It gets fairly warm midday. Beautiful views and a very moderate climb. Was not difficult at all.

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abigail germaine
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Great views along the way and the summit/lookout is definitely worth it. The wildflowers are in full bloom. The only disadvantage is it’s a road trail the whole way.

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Petya Johnson
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I didn’t make it all the way to the top because I went solo and there was lots of mud and snow patches . The views are spectacular and the wildflowers are ready to go in full bloom. I am glad I took a Chance by myself today. Will return soon. Beautiful trail/road :)

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Kyle Zibrowski
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Fantastic trail to take on in April snow with snowshoes. The views were amazing and it’s an easy and scenic drive from Boise.

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Katy Storm
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Snowshoeing

Snowshoed last weekend in cold snowy weather. The trail was well marked and had a nice gradual incline. We turned around at mile 3 due to the weather so we didn’t make it to the summit. I would definitely do this Trail in the warmer months for the views. Parking lot was packed full when we returned, as there were tons of snowmobiles going up the mountain on the other side of the road. Get there early to park.

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Chris Huenink
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Hiking

I wouldn’t rate this trail “hard”, at least for hiking. Beautiful overlooks, but it’s a service road, so wide and zero technicality.

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Dean Tankersley
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Hiking

Great trail for the views. 9.5 miles and 2k elevation change. Only 4 hikers that I saw and 3 ATVs. Take plenty of water. This is a Forest Service road up to the summit

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Deborah Arasaratnam
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This was nicer than I expected. While it is an actual dirt road rather than a single trail, the vistas were spectacular. I headed off at 9am on a hot Sunday and only started coming across others on my way down. The whole thing took three hours and that included a side excursion at the top. . Think it would be too hot to head out after noon on days with high temps. It is a steep uphill but enough breaks to make it okay. An excellent break on the drive from Boise up to Stanley or beyond. Note: there were a few ATVs and dirt bikes but all were v polite road users and overall there wasn’t a constant flow. I felt I had the world to myself for most of the time.

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Dean Tankersley
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Good hike over 9 miles and 2k elevation gain. Take plenty of water!

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Charlene Huwe
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Hiked this yesterday (7/21/18). Tough at first. Good incline to get one ready for a large mountain hike. Took about 3 hours to summit. Lots of shade and trees. Beautiful views along the way and absolutely gorgeous views at the summit! I will hike this one again!

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