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Parker Trail to Big Jacks Creek

MODERATE 5 reviews

Parker Trail to Big Jacks Creek is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Grand View, Idaho that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 577 feet Route Type: Out & Back


nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers


over grown

no shade

no dogs

A car with 4WD or high clearance will be best for getting to the trailhead

6 months ago

This is a great, quick trip from the Boise area to get a one-night overnight backpack squeezed in when you get a chance or are itching to backpack early season. Short 1.5m hike (each way) - half across open desert on a wide flat trail, half down into the canyon on a more narrow/rocky trail. Overall I would rate it easy-mod, easy distance. Moderate for the canyon descent (then ascent the next day). The campsite is really lovely - we fit 5 tents easily. There was water available in the creek early spring when we did the hike tho I suspect this could get low later in the season. We brought a fire blanket expecting LNT but there was already a fire ring at the base of a rock crevice. The campsite location makes for lovely view of canyon/creek. We saw antelope and deer and LOTS of ticks early spring. We found the trailhead easy to find using Stueby's post. Take the freeway to Mtn Home first exit. Take hwy 51 into Bruneau. Reset your trip meter to 0 in Bruneau. Travel about 25 miles on hwy 51 past Bruneau - you are looking for mile marker 45. Once you pass milepost you will soon see a good dirt road on your right. Wickahoney Road - sign is not visible from the highway but once you turn in you will see a good sign. Travel 4.9 miles on Wickahoney Rd to a T-junction. Turn right at that junction and travel another 2.8 miles to the Parker trailhead. Room for about 5 vehicles. The dirt roads are pretty good but definitely some big rocks you want to take slow and drive around. High clearance is probably smart. We had no problem taking it slow in a Kia Sportage.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

This is a unique hike. It is hard to tell as you drive through the sagebrush that there is even a canyon there until you're right up on it. The trail is steep and rocky, and some stretches will be hard for those who are afraid of heights. Since the trail guide was written, the last stretch of road was closed and converted to hiking trail, so you can add another half mile and 100 feet of drop to the guide's estimate. The new trailhead is at 42.592878°, -115.977279°. We saw dozens of antelope near the canyon.

Friday, April 29, 2016

TH may have cowpie hell. TH has no shade, small area with limited parking. Trail goes across plateau on old closed road to the edge of the canyon, then a single track down to the creek. Not much travel is possible along the creek as heavy brush and beaver dam activity limits hiking.

Monday, March 09, 2015

I'm giving this a 1 star because of the directions. We couldn't even make it to the trail. There are no road signs because you have to go off on dirt roads. (If we were even going the right way). So that means the directions included go 3 miles and turn right then 4 miles and turn left. We weren't ever sure we were going the right way. Additionally because we didn't realize this wasn't a normal trail with a trailhead our ford focus couldn't make it on the off road trails and we had to turn around. May try again and bring an appropriate vehicle but was rather disappointed.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Great short pack down in to the canyon. Good if you want to just get a way for a day or two. The actual trail name is Parker's trail. There are a couple if other trails in the area I just did not have time for them hopefuls another day.

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